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Attendance a top goal at Crystal River Primary

The school makes an example of each student who works hard and comes to school each day. Teachers also are recognized for perfect attendance.

By PAULETTE LASH RITCHIE

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 29, 2000


CRYSTAL RIVER -- Crystal River Primary School students were rewarded at the end of the school year for making school a priority and attending every day. Students who had perfect attendance received bicycles and seven perfect attendance students won $50 U.S. Savings Bonds in a drawing.

"One of our goals this year was to improve attendance," said principal Bennye Milton. "We talked with the Enhancement Council about what our plans were and they just jumped on it."

If a child works hard, Milton said, he or she deserves more than a certificate. They decided they would purchase bicycles for every child who had perfect attendance.

They worked on it all year, so the children would know their goal and the Enhancement Council, teachers and the others who helped would be able to purchase enough bicycles.

The school used other means, as well, to encourage attendance -- popcorn parties every nine weeks and publication of perfect attendance names in the school's Bear News. The teachers were recognized, too, each nine weeks if they had perfect attendance. "We thought we should lead by example," Milton said.

Crystal River students receiving bicycles for perfect attendance are below. Names with an asterisk won U.S. Savings Bonds donated by Crystal River Bank.

Kindergarten -- Aaron Bertine, Dadrian Ruiz*, George Stone, Andrew Wilkinson.

First grade -- Rachel Holmes*, Frederick Tidwell.

Second grade -- Elizabeth Burgos, Brooke Christ*, Joseph Crisp, Brittany Daves, Cody Davis, Dustin Matthews, Cody Wright.

Third grade -- Kareem McKinnon, Andrew Mollica*, Jerrod Pierson, Kenneth Aaron Sphon, Matthew Stearns.

Fourth grade -- Jesse Cockream*, Andrew Fischer, Tina Holden, Taniqua Johnson.

Fifth grade -- Audreonna DeVaughn, Ronald Hannah, Joseph Johnson*, John Martinuzzi, Kendra McCallum, Robert McGeoch, April Shoemaker*, Matthew Taylor.

Bicycles were donated to the school by the Crystal River Primary School Enhancement Council, the Crystal River PTA, Florida Power Corp., Mr. and Mrs. Brown Dumas, Wal-Mart, B.T. Milton, and Sandra Kennedy.

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