News Release

March 24, 2015

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - In the third quarter, 6,314 middle and high school students had exceptional attendance records. The Drive for Perfect Attendance Program is made possible by local businesses GCI, Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of South Anchorage and For Fun Alaska. Each quarter one high school and one middle school student are chosen to receive a prize to recognize their attendance achievement.

On Tuesday, March 24, school business partners surprised Damarian Garrett, a 10th-grade student at Bartlett High School, and awarded him with 25,000 Alaska Airlines Miles from GCI. Then the lucky middle school student from Clark Middle School was visited. Nevaeh Peterson, a sixth-grade student won an iPad from GCI and a party for up to 30 friends hosted by For Fun Alaska.

“GCI knows the value of attendance. Rewarding the effort these students are making is something we are happy to do,” said Senior Vice President and General Manager Paul Landes.

This is the second year of the Drive for Perfect Attendance Program, which is an Anchorage School District School Business Partnership program. Attendance is a critical factor to students’ success in school, and also later in the workforce.

During the third quarter of the 2014-15 school year, 2,653 middle school students and 3,661 high school students did not miss a single day of school. Additionally, 506 11th and 12th grade students with perfect attendance through all three quarters of the year remain in the running to win a 2015 Jeep Compass, courtesy of Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of South Anchorage.

For additional information about the Attendance Recognition Program, visit

About GCI

GCI is the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, through which consumers can experience entertainment everywhere. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. The Alaska-based company is dedicated to providing the best in communication services, including the state’s largest wireless network, high-speed broadband, digital cable television and local telephone services. The company offers more than 1,300 TurboZone locations statewide to provide customers with more high-speed wireless capabilities. The company continuously supports community efforts, contributing to nonprofit organizations across the state. More information about GCI can be found at

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