iPod Touch provides attendance incentive

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Ten Alcorn County School District students will get an early Christmas gift next week when names are drawn for an iPod Touch as a reward for perfect attendance.
The district concluded the nine-week incentive project this week, which was tried as a pilot program to encourage better attendance.
One student will be selected at each school from among students who earned the right to have their names placed in the drawing.
Superintendent Stacy Suggs will visit each school to draw the winners, said Kim Hamm, the district’s federal programs director who spearheaded the project.
In the spring, the district identified poor attendance as one of the district’s biggest problems and brainstormed during the summer for ways to improve it.
“There are laws and penalties that address the problem,” Hamm said, “but we wanted to let them work toward something tangible.”
Students can have their names placed in the drawing for each week of perfect attendance, so a student at each school could have as many as nine chances to be selected for the reward.
In addition, names of the students who had perfect attendance for all nine weeks will have their names placed in a drawing for a Playstation 3. The names to receive one of three Playstations will be drawn during the regular school board meeting Tuesday.
Funding for the incentives came from a grant designed to support good student behavior, Hamm said. The grant ended this year, but the district will be seeking other funding sources to continue the program.
Contact Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.