Last day of school celebrations at C.C. Cooke Elementary School included the awarding of bicycles to ten students who didn’t miss a moment of school from September through June 6.
“We decided we wanted to do something like this for all the kids who didn’t miss one minute of school,” said Principal Airemy Caudle. “They weren’t absent any part of the school day. They weren’t tardy and they didn’t leave school early. We were so happy to have this many. In the final days of school we were up to 14, but we had a few who missed at the very last minute.”
School administrators chose to announce the “perfectly perfect” attendance program in September, giving some time for the back-to-school routine to settle into place for their students.
“The program officially ended the morning of the last day of school,” Caudle said. “Next year, we will start on the first day of school, now that students have seen what it’s all about and what can happen when you don’t miss a moment of school. We think we’ll have more honorees next year.”
The bicycles were donated by Warren Amyett of Horace Mann Insurance, Pinnacle Bank, James Hardie Building Products and the Cooke PTA.
“We are proud to help sponsor bicycles for the perfect attendance awards at Cooke Elementary,” said Amber Witte, Pinnacle Bank senior vice president. “Education is so important to the future of our children and they can’t learn if they aren’t in school.”
Such are the sentiments of Cooke second-grader Jeremiah Vasquez, who was among those with extreme attendance.
“It’s important to come to school so I can learn,” he said. “Our teachers are nice. I like science the best. I really wanted to win a bike. My mom told me if I won a bike, I could ride it to school. I’ve already decided I’m going to win another one next year.”