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Dealing with Sporadic Attendance in First Day School

Beth Collea, Wellesley Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting | 6/19/12

The problem of sporadic attendance in First Day School is common to large and small meetings. The number of school, sports, and enrichment activities available to children has expanded leaving them exhausted or otherwise engaged on Sunday mornings. Religious Education Committees have to work hard to creatively find ways to thrive in spite of these cultural pressures. To have a vibrant First Day School, we need to offer well-planned lessons, create opportunities for personal engagement, and work more explicitly at communicating with families and developing our sense of community. Here are some specific steps we’ve taken at Wellesley (MA) Monthly Meeting (NEYM) to connect more effectively with families and increase attendance.