One lucky Waxahachie ISD high school student will have the opportunity to win a Dodge Avenger this year courtesy of Waxahachie Autoplex and First Financial Bank.

Students from Waxahachie High School, Waxahachie Global High and the Waxahachie High School of Choice will have the opportunity to qualify for tickets to place in the “hopper” at the end of the school year by striving for perfect attendance each nine weeks of school.

In May, 10 finalists will be drawn to receive a key.

Only one key will start the car!

The Strive and Drive student attendance initiative was designed to educate students and their parents on the importance of being in class, as attendance has a direct effect on academic performance. Research conducted at the Bureau of Educational Research in Illinois shows that consistent school attendance is directly linked to positive behavior, increased participation in extracurricular activities, higher grades and higher overall educational outcomes.

WISD provides the following tips for good attendance:

• Getting to school on time every day and staying all day;

• Monitoring your child’s attendance on Family Access – the district’s parent portal;

• Working with your health care providers to schedule regular doctor visits during non-school hours;

• and, Following proper guidelines for reporting excused absences in a timely manner.

So just how does the Strive and Drive program work?

Waxahachie ISD 9-12 grade students have the opportunity to qualify for tickets based on their ability to meet the following requirements:

• Students must be enrolled in Waxahachie ISD for the entire nine-week grading period to participate.

• Students may earn 1 Ticket Per Nine Week Grading Period for Perfect Attendance.

• Students may earn 5 Tickets Per Semester for Perfect Attendance.

• Students may earn 10 Tickets for the Year for Perfect Attendance.

• Students may earn a maximum of 24 tickets for the year.

• Students placed in the Waxahachie Challenge Academy (alternative school) during the year are not eligible to participate.

• The district will utilize state guidelines for reporting Average Daily Attendance to determine perfect attendance contest eligibility.

“We are thrilled to announce our new high school student attendance incentive program, Strive and Drive,” said David S. Truitt, Waxahachie ISD Interim Superintendent. I believe the most important thing our students can do to ensure academic success is to attend school every day, all day. A commitment to school attendance sends the message that education is a priority, a critical part of educational success and exhibits individual student responsibility. By attending school every day, our students will be college ready, career ready, and 21st century.”

The district is looking to further expand the student attendance incentive program to the elementary and junior high levels this year, with appropriate age level prizes.

Those businesses, individuals, or organizations wishing to partner with the district may contact the WISD Office of Public Relations.

Community members wishing to obtain more information on the Strive and Drive student attendance initiative are encouraged to contact Dr. Nicole Mansell, WISD Director of Public Relations, at 972-923-4631 or nmansell@wisd.org