Starting next month, Boston public high school and middle school students can get a special morning wake-up call.
"Wake up! It's David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox. Get out of bed and get ready for school. Your future is yours."
That's what Boston families will hear if they opt-in for a BPS service that provides an automated wake-up call from Big Papi himself. It's an effort to combat chronic absenteeism — that's when a student misses 10 percent of the school year (18 days or more).
This past year, 28 percent of BPS K-12 students were chronically absent. A WBUR analysis found most of those students live at or below the poverty line, eight out of 10 are black or Latino, and most are teenage boys.
This segment aired on August 10, 2016.