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Harriet Eddy Middle School student wins pair of round-trip tickets from Southwest Airlines
Winner Justynne Olinda smiles with Dr. Ladd and Bob Churchill.
As the 2007/2008 school year draws to a close, the No Excuses – Go to School Attendance Campaign will recognize grand prize winners at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Elk Grove Unified strongly encourages all of our students to attend school. This year marked the second year of the district’s No Excuses – Go to School Attendance Campaign, designed to encourage students in all grades. The No Excuses – Go to School Attendance Campaign reaches beyond school attendance and into the theme of responsibility. The district believes that by teaching students that life is about showing up and being counted, they will be more successful as adults.
The finalists eagerly check their bags for the Southwest Airlines tickets.
On Tuesday, May 20, Justynne Olinda, a seventh grade student at Harriet Eddy Middle School, was the lucky recipient of two round-trip tickets for herself and a parent/guardian at the Southwest Airlines Ticket Giveaway Grand Finale Event. Olinda earned the chance to participate in the Grand Finale Event by having perfect attendance for at least one calendar month since February 2008.
“This year, we were fortunate to have Southwest Airlines offer an incentive for our middle school students,” said EGUSD Superintendent Steven M. Ladd, Ed.D. “These two round-trip tickets are a wonderful reward for students who have made a commitment to their education by attending their classes regularly.”
The finalists pose with Dr. Ladd, Bob Churchill (Southwest Airlines representative) and winner Justynne Olinda.
For each month a student had perfect attendance, they earned an entry into the ticket giveaway. One finalist was selected from each middle school to have a chance to win the two round-trip tickets from Southwest. In addition to the tickets, all runners-up received an iPod Shuffle.
“Attendance is very important to everyone at Southwest,” said Robert Churchill, a representative from Southwest Airlines who attended the event. “Everyone at Southwest – from pilots and flight attendants to mechanics and ticket representatives – know that going to work each day helps ensure our company runs smoothly. These students are already ahead of the game, building a great foundation for consistent attendance that will carry them through their futures when they enter the workforce.”
Photos: Brandin Mello (Toby Johnson Middle School) and Valerie Tse (Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School) were unable to attend the Grand Finale Event at the district office. Both Brandin and Valerie received iPod Shuffles.
The following students were runners-up in the Southwest Airlines Ticket Giveaway:
• Sara Giang – Katherine L. Albiani Middle School
• Valerie Tse – Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School
• Erica Truong – Samuel Jackman Middle School
• Brandin Mello – Toby Johnson Middle School
• Maomai Yang – Joseph Kerr Middle School
• Lia Hen – James Rutter Middle School
• Vi Le – T.R. Smedberg Middle School
Next week, nine lucky graduating seniors with at least one month of perfect attendance will have their chance in the spotlight. Nine representatives from comprehensive and alternative high schools throughout the district will have an opportunity to win $20,000 to purchase a vehicle in the 2007/2008 Elk Grove Auto Mall Graduating Seniors Attendance Drive.
Graduating seniors had the chance to earn entries in a drawing for a chance to win the $20,000 to be used towards the purchase of a vehicle from the Elk Grove Auto Mall. For each month of perfect attendance throughout the 2007/2008 school year, a student could earn one entry. In May, one finalist was selected from each comprehensive high school and one finalist was selected from amongst the entries from all alternative high schools to attend the Grand Finale Event.
The Grand Finale Event for the Attendance Drive will take place on Friday, May 30th at the Elk Grove Auto Mall at 8 a.m. The nine finalists will each attempt to start a car to win the $20,000 grand prize. One car will start and that student will win the grand prize. All runners-up will receive a $200 savings bond.
Elementary school students also have a shot at earning an end-of-the-year grand prize for having perfect attendance. Each of Elk Grove Unified’s 39 elementary schools will award one new bicycle and helmet to one student who obtained perfect attendance for at least one calendar month throughout the school year. Students had the chance to earn entries in a drawing for each month they achieved perfect attendance. At the end of the year, one student was selected from amongst the entries at each school site to win the bicycle and helmet.
The No Excuses – Go to School Attendance Campaign would not be possible without the support of various businesses, community groups and individuals in the Elk Grove and Sacramento communities. A special thanks goes to: Adidas, American Eagle Outfitters, Anova Architects, California Family Fitness, Crocker Art Museum, Crusader Fence Co., Inc., Dos Coyotes Border Café, Elk Grove Auto Mall, Elk Grove Optimist Club, Folger Graphics, Gottschalks, Great America, Paul A. Jones, CPA, Juice It Up, Kaiser Permanente, Lathrop Constructions Association, Inc., Mr. Pickles Sandwich Shop, Office Depot, Outback Steakhouse, Port City Java, Rainforth-Grau Architects, Round Table Pizza, Scandia Family Fun Center, Sacramento River Cats, Southwest Airlines, Sport Chalet, Stockmans Bank and Texas Roadhouse.
May 21, 2008 - Elk Grove Unified and the Elk Grove Education Association Celebrate the Day of the Teacher
May 6, 2008 - Elk Grove Unified School District’s 2008 Employees of the Year
April 28, 2008 - Sacramento County Educators Host Budget Forum at State Capital
April 16, 2008 - EGUSD Launches New Attendance Campaign Videos
April 4, 2008 - Winners selected for 3rd Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest
March 26, 2008 - Megaconference Jr. 2008 - Arthur C. Butler Students Take Their Voices to the World
March 17, 2008 - Elk Grove Unified Joins Call to Fix Governor’s Proposed Budget
March 4, 2008 - Elk Grove Unified Hosts Sacramento County Superintendents’ Press Conference on State Budget Cuts
Feb. 19, 2008 - 4th Annual High School Conference helps train the leaders of the future
Jan. 16, 2008 - Laguna Creek High School hosts ConnectEd Policy Site Visit
Jan. 02, 2008 - Senior Attendance Drive returns for second year
Dec. 12, 2007 - John Ehrhardt Elementary students combine academics and community service
Dec. 03, 2007 - EGUSD’s Commitment to Service Learning Honored
Nov. 15, 2007 - Winners announced for No Excuses – Go to School Rhyme & Poster Contests
Nov. 13, 2007 - Veterans Day celebrated at Elk Grove Unified
Oct. 23, 2007 - Time of Remembrance Project and Website
Oct. 15, 2007 - Markofer Elementary offers “Donuts for Dads/Muffins for Moms"
Oct. 3, 2007 - EGUSD elementary schools participate in Walk to School Day
Sept. 18, 2007 - Options abound on new College and Career website
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