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United Way of Franklin & Benton Counties Wants Kids to Go to School

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties wants to help make sure kids are going to school. The non-profit held their annual Live United event Tuesday morning at the convention Center.

The group's latest initiative is called "attendance matters" and is focused on getting students to school every day. They say there were more than 19,000 unexcused absences last school year in Benton and Franklin counties. But with help from the Community Solutions Campaign, they hope to change that.

"We have representatives from business, from the faith community, from education, non profit sectors, it's a very broad cross section of the community which really speaks to what United Way is all about, all coming together around the common good," said President and CEO of United Way Benton & Franklin Counties.

The group also presented their 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award to board member and committee co-chair Loann Ayers.