Two students to receive cars for outstanding attendance - May 19, 2008

Record Number: 4193
Displayed from: May 19, 2008 , until: Jun 19, 2008

Two students will start their summer break with a new set of wheels. Anthis Career Center and North Side High School are each giving one student with outstanding attendance a car as a reward. Students at Anthis are eligible if they missed no more than two days of school and were tardy no more than three times during the second half of the school year. At North Side, students are eligible if they missed no more than one day and were late no more than five times during the entire school year. The reward is based on outstanding attendance instead of perfect attendance because the schools do not want to encourage students to come to school when they are ill. The Anthis student will receive a 1995 Buick Regal that was recently given a makeover by Anthis automotive students. The students fixed up the car, which was donated by Preferred Auto, as part of the "Rock the Whip" program. Rock the Whip gave 10 students the opportunity to work closely with automotive experts to learn more about engine performance, electronics, the drive train and body repair. The winner of the car will be announced at the annual Anthis picnic at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, in the Anthis parking lot on Barr Street. The North Side student will receive a 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue with leather interior and a sun roof. The car is being donated by Kelley Chevrolet, and it is the second year the auto dealer and high school have partnered to reward a student for being in school. The car will be given away during North Side's Pride Day Convocation, which begins at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 23. The give-away is expected to occur at about 2 p.m. Attending school is a critical part of being successful in school," North Side Principal Chuck DeFord said. "By offering a car as a reward, we can get students excited about coming to school even if they don't always feel like it." What: Car Give-Away When: Anthis, 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, 21 North Side, 2 p.m., Friday, May 23 Where: Anthis parking lot, Barr Street North Side By Hey Arena

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.