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Staying in School Has its Rewards

By: Helen Lu

On weekdays I could pretend to be sick and stay home, take a three period long lunch break, go shopping, or I could go to school. So how do principals keep students going to each period at school?

Principal McDonough of Bellaire High School has a pretty good strategy. At the end of each semester a giveaway takes place for students who have perfect attendance, which doesn’t count school field trips or team sports events. Onstage in the auditorium during lunch on Wednesday, prizes that included an iPad mini, iPod shuffles, headphones, and gift cards were set up.

Because of the relatively small audience, everyone’s chances are not bad at all! 15 prizes and 33 kids mean participants almost have a 50% chance of winning a prize. I would take those odds over those of a claw machine any day.

After the randomly selected students collected all the prizes, the principal surprised us all with a $10 gift card to Starbucks, a $10 gift card to iTunes, and a free coupon for a Jerry’s Built milkshake for each present student. Honestly, I thought I was sitting in the live audience of the Oprah Winfrey Show.

So, what makes perfect attendance kids so important? Basically, each day you show up to your 2nd period class for roll call, the school gets some money for you being there that day. An education each school day and prizes at the end of each semester, to me, sounds like a great deal.

The next giveaway will take place at the end of spring semester, and now going to school doesn’t seem like a bad idea after all…

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