Young student in blue shirt sitting down in a classroom .

Donahue fourth-grader Joelimar Brito has maintained perfect attendance for a number of years, missing only one day of school since kindergarten. There are days when she’d rather stay home, she says, but she pushes through because she knows her future self will thank her when she gets a good job someday. 

Because of her dedication to her studies, Joelimar was chosen to appear in a video series produced by Stephen Cary of FOCUS Springfield Community Television at the request of Holyoke Public Schools as part of the district’s “Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow” attendance campaign. You can see one of her video spots here. Watch for more videos featuring Joelimar—and also videos featuring Lawrence School staff—on the district’s social media pages, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as well as Comcast Channel 12 in the City of Holyoke.

The district’s ongoing attendance campaign will include a number of initiatives, activities, and celebrations throughout the school year to promote regular attendance and support for students and families with any challenges.