Outstanding attendance pays off for two Anchorage School District students

January 14, 2016

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Two Anchorage School District students were selected as second quarter winners in the Drive for Perfect Attendance Recognition Program. Rachel Pickel from South High School was awarded 25,000 Alaska Airlines Miles courtesy of GCI and Jarden Teague-Moore from Polaris K-12 School received an iPad from GCI. The program, which recognizes Anchorage School District students each quarter for their attendance achievements, is in its third year.

“GCI’s involvement in Drive for Perfect Attendance is such a highlight for our team,” said Senior Vice President and General Manager Paul Landes. “As a company, we recognize that good attendance is not only important for a student’s academic performance, but for success in his or her future career. We are proud to support Anchorage students in their attendance accomplishments.”

Since the Drive for Perfect Attendance Program launched in 2013, student attendance has improved at Anchorage School District middle and high schools. During the second quarter of the 2015-2016 school year, 2,976 of the district’s middle school students and 1,686 of the district’s 11th and 12th grade high school students had perfect attendance.

Students are still eligible for the program’s grand prize, which will be awarded at the end of the school year. One junior or senior high school student with perfect attendance throughout the year will be selected at random to receive a 2015 Jeep Renegade from Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of South Anchorage while four runners-up will receive 50,000 Alaska Airlines Miles from GCI. There are 1,001 11th and 12th grade high school students who have perfect attendance for the year and are still eligible for the grand prize. Additionally, all high school students with perfect attendance will be entered to win one of four pairs of round-trip tickets to Seward or Denali courtesy of the Alaska Railroad, while high school students with 95 percent or higher attendance will be awarded a foot-long sandwich voucher from Subway of Alaska. The winning middle school student will win an Ultimate Field Day for his or her entire school thanks to For Fun Alaska.

The Drive for Perfect Attendance Recognition Program is an Anchorage School District School Business Partnership program and is made possible by local businesses including GCI, Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of South Anchorage, IBEW, Fun For Alaska, Saltchuk Corporation, Subway of Alaska and the Alaska Railroad.

For additional information, visit http://www.asdk12.org/parents/attendance/.

About GCI

GCI is Alaska’s largest integrated telecommunications provider and offers wireless, voice, data and video services statewide. Since 1979 GCI has invested more than $3 billion to bring the latest telecommunication technologies to communities across Alaska. GCI is committed to providing innovation to grow Alaska’s economy, support industry and jobs, provide quality education and healthcare, and maintain the quality of life that all Alaskans enjoy. To learn more about GCI visit www.gci.com.

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Stephanie Plieness, Thompson & Co. PR