News Release

January 17, 2014

Attendance results for the Anchorage School District continued to improve through the second quarter of the school year. Compared to the prior year, the number of full-day absences is down 3 percent across all grade levels for the quarter.

With the announcement of improved attendance in the district, Anchorage School Business Partnerships selected Jastine Delacuadra, a freshman at West Anchorage High School, as the recipient of 25,000 Alaska Airlines Miles for his perfect attendance record during the quarter. Delacuadra was surprised with the announcement while in class.

GCI donated the award as part of a new attendance incentive program introduced at the beginning of the year in partnership with Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of South Anchorage, IBEW and other businesses through the school-business program.

“GCI is proud to sponsor the miles if it is going to make a difference by encouraging kids to stay in school. While we’re encouraged that absenteeism is down, there is still room for improvement,” said Paul Landes, senior vice president of consumer services for GCI. “Attendance is a community issue and GCI along with our partners in this promotion want students to know that we care about their education.”

Prizes range from the miles to a new Jeep Patriot, trips to Disneyland, mobile phones and tablets, Pizza Hut pizzas and Alaska Aces hockey tickets. The Jeep Patriot, an incentive for 11th and 12th grade students who achieve perfect attendance, will be awarded at the end of the school year.

Gary Scott 907-561-4488