Mike McGinn, Mayor
4/26/2012 11:00:00 AM
Lesley Rogers (206) 255-2811
Seattle Public Schools
Aaron Pickus (206) 684-4000
Seattle students rewarded with Sounders tickets for good attendance, thanks to a partnership
between the Sounders, Microsoft and the Be Here Get There campaign
Seattle Sounders FC players will make a special visit to the school with most improved daily attendance in May
SEATTLE - Students and schools with exceptional attendance during the month of May will receive special prizes and a visit from Seattle Sounders FC players as part of the Be Here Get There citywide attendance campaign, in partnership with the Sounders and Microsoft. Participating high schools will receive 15 or 30 pairs of tickets, depending on school size, to a match to raffle off to students with perfect attendance. The school with the most improved attendance from April to May will also receive a special visit from Sounders FC players and prizes provided by Microsoft.
"Making sure our local kids are successful in school is a job for everyone in our community," said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. "The Sounders and Microsoft have really stepped up to make a difference. With their help, we are rewarding students for making school a priority."
The Sounders FC and Microsoft have partnered with the City of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools on the May attendance challenge to help reward students for excellent attendance and to combat chronic absenteeism. Rallying around the students in their community, the Seattle Sounders FC and Microsoft are joining dozens of other campaign sponsors who have donated various rewards and incentives to encourage Seattle students to show up to school ready to learn.
"Attending school is essential," said Sounders FC forward David Estrada. "It sets the stage for your life."
"Students' ability to meet the opportunities of the future starts with their showing up for school every day," said Jane Broom, Director of Community Affairs at Microsoft. "This is a fun way to help reinforce for students how important it is to make a daily commitment to achieving their future success."
The May attendance challenge is part of the Be Here Get There campaign, a citywide collaboration between the City of Seattle, Seattle Public Schools, the Alliance for Education, and Get Schooled. Beyond incentives and competitions in schools, Be Here Get There is focused on strategies for schools, students, families and the community, as well as the shared responsibility to improve attendance. Although it is just one part of the larger puzzle to increase student attendance, the Be Here Get There campaign is a focused collaboration and community-based approach to increase the number of students in school every day. For more information on the Be Here Get There campaign, visit www.getschooled.com/seattle
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