AJES recognizes students for outstanding attendance, because “Attendance Matters”


GRAFTON—Anna Jarvis Elementary School (AJES) rewarded attendance throughout the year with various rewards, and an end of the year field trip.

Throughout the year the school offered different incentives to students, to help promote attendance.

Heather Gunderson, Principal at AJES, shared that the school received a grant from Title 1.

“During the year, they offered a different reward every nine weeks for the students that had perfect attendance for that period,” shared Gunderson.

The first nine-week students with perfect attendance were rewarded with the opportunity to paint a ceramic craft. A total of 106 students received the reward.

Gunderson shared that a company called Mountain Creative out of Fairmont, West Virginia (WV) provided the craft.

For second nine-week period, a total of 98 students had perfect attendance. Those students went to Tygart Valley Cinemas in Fairmont, WV to watch the movie “Sing”.

The reward for the third-nine weeks was a trip to the Launch Pad Trampoline Park, located in Morgantown, WV. 64 students had perfect attendance for that period.

The fourth-nine week reward was an afternoon outside of the school with inflatables, including bouncy houses and a water slide.

Gunderson said that the inflatables were provided by Jump for Joy. There were a total of 120 students that received the reward, which took place last Wednesday.

Students that had perfect attendance throughout the entire year, were treated to a trip to Kennywood, located in Pennsylvania.

“There were 19 students that had perfect attendance for the entire school year,” Gunderson shared.

According to Gunderson, the number of perfect attendance students double from the pervious year. “The incentives really helped this year with attendance,” she said.

The school also had prizes for attendance that were given out last Friday, Everyday students went to school they received a ticket. With the ticket they could choose a different prize to be entered in a raffle for.

Some of the prizes that the students won at the raffle were, fishing poles, outdoor toys, bikes, scooters, pools and games.

Assistant Principal Shelly Stead shared that there was  approximately $1,500 worth of prizes given out to over 50 students.

According to Stead, the grant from Title 1 was only for one year. Next year the school would like to continue to promote attendance, and offer the students rewards.

She added that they are also hoping to work with area businesses and individuals to help sponsor an event. If interested contact the school, at 304-265-4090.


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