GATE CITY – Students at Gate City High School received some exciting news on Thursday morning.
In a packed assembly at the school’s football field, school faculty announced a new attendance incentive for students: Those who keep their attendance up have a chance to win one of several high-value giveaways, including college scholarships or a 2014 Ford Focus.
“(The school) came to us about an attendance incentive to help kids and motivate kids to be in school every day and to stay present in class,” said Sarah Nelms, service manager of Fairway Ford of Kingsport, the sponsor of the giveaways. “I graduated from Gate City; I love Gate City High School, love Scott County, and we just wanted to give back to the community.”
For seniors with good attendance, Fairway Ford will give away four scholarships worth $500 each to two boys and two girls throughout the school year. Students can choose to apply these scholarships at any college or university of their choice.
Students of all grade levels can qualify to win the car. Those who meet the school’s attendance goals will be entered into a drawing, and one lucky student will be chosen as the winner at the end of the school year.
Qualifying for the grand prize
Amy Sallee, assistant principal at Gate City High School, said students will have five opportunities to qualify for the car giveaway.
“They have to have perfect attendance for each nine weeks; we have four nine-weeks,” Sallee said. “Or, if they have perfect attendance for the year, they get an extra (entry) in the drawing, so they have five opportunities.”
The student body got its first glimpse at the car during Thursday morning’s announcement. At the end of the assembly, several excited students stopped to admire the car, and some even snapped photos of it on their cell phones.
Mike Lane, school principal, said he’s hopeful that community partnerships to promote school attendance will continue in the future.
“Maybe we can keep it up,” Lane said. “It’s great to have someone like Fairway Ford to partner with that would support students and support what we’re trying to do. It’s great.”