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Hawkins students explain importance of attendance through poster, essay, video

STAFF REPORT • Nov 5, 2019 at 8:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County students utilized their communication skills last month to help express the importance of good attendance through a poster, essay and video contest.

September was Attendance Awareness Month, and Hawkins County School celebrated by having contests for students with perfect attendance during the month.

The video contest asked students to create a public service announcement stressing the importance of attendance. The winning video made by Surgoinsville Elementary School fourth-graders Chloe Fritts, Evan Laster and Kaylee Morelock earned the school a $100 prize that will be used attendance incentives.

The video can be seen in the online version of this article at www.timesnews.net

Students were also encouraged to enter a countywide essay contest that asked, in 500 words or less, “write about why they belong in school, and how being at school more often helps you feel more a part of the school community.

The winning essay was written by Laura Anne Jennings, a junior at Clinch School who won $100.

In her essay Jennings wrote, “Students with high attendance rates do well in school not just because they are present to learn, but because they are part of the school community. ...A student needs to feel connected in the classroom.” 

Students were also encouraged to design a poster emphasizing the importance of school attendance.

The winning poster was designed by Marcus Mitchell, a sixth-grade student at Church Hill Intermediate School.

Mitchell won $50 for himself and $50 for his school to use for attendance incentives. A copy of the poster will be displayed at every school in the district, and can be seen in the online version of this article.

Staff members who had perfect attendance during the month of September were entered into a drawing.

Three names were drawn for some tickets to local attractions including: Two tickets to Dollywood — Sarah Clonce at Volunteer High School; Two tickets to WonderWorks — Nicole Risner at Joseph Rogers Primary School; and Two tickets to Bright’s Zoo — Kristi Price at St. Clair Elementary School.

All cash prizes were donated by Cooper Standard, Luttrell Staffing Group, Rural Health, and the Hawkins County Industrial Development Board. Prizes for the staff drawings were secured by Amy Lipe — or were donated by the attractions.