RIVERDALE — Student attendance is a big problem at many schools in Prince George’s County but a new initiative is helping to turn that problem around. The “I Belong Here Initiative” has helped William Wirt Middle School’s attendance rates tremendously, a school that previously had one of the worst attendance rates in the county. Since August, sixth and seventh grade students at William Wirt Middle School have competed in their homeroom classes to have the highest attendance.
Nicole Fierro is a senior at the University of Maryland Phillip Merrill College of Journalism. Currently, Nicole covers justice for the Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau. She also interns for NBC4 Washington. Previously, Nicole has interned with WNBC News 4 New York’s Investigative Unit and NBC News Channel in Washington DC. You can find her on Twitter @FierroNicole and on LinkedIn. Her e-mail is NicoleFierro2011@gmail.com.