Incentive Program Rewards Anchorage Students For Perfect Attendance

January 15, 2015

GCI awards high school student 25,000 Alaska Airlines Miles, middle school student new Apple iPad for perfect second quarter attendance

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA –Anchorage School District is continuing to emphasize the importance of consistent school attendance with students at all grade levels. During the second quarter of the 2014-15 school year, 7,826 middle school students and 12,334 high school students did not miss a single day of school. The district thanks community businesses for their ongoing support in emphasizing attendance through an expanded student incentive program.

In its second year, the Attendance Recognition Program now includes middle school students, awarding an iPad and hosted party to a student who achieves perfect attendance each quarter. High school students are eligible to win 25,000 Alaska Airlines Miles each quarter, while 11th and 12th graders can also win a 2015 Jeep Compass at the end of the school year for achieving perfect attendance. The prizes are sponsored by GCI, Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of South Anchorage, For Fun Alaska and other local businesses. The program is coordinated by the Anchorage School Business Partnership.

On Wednesday, Jan. 14, school business partners awarded Derek Mack, a ninth-grade student at Highland Tech Charter School. They surprised him in class with news that he won 25,000 Alaska Airlines Miles from GCI for his perfect attendance record during the second quarter. On Thursday, Jan. 15, GCI and partners also surprised Edgie Boy Fernandez, a seventh-grade student from Mears Middle School, with news that he won an iPad from GCI and school party hosted by For Fun Alaska for his stellar attendance record.

“GCI is committed to the community and honored to contribute to the improvement of school attendance in Anchorage,” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Services Paul Landes. “We are excited to be part of a fun and successful incentive for kids to stay in school.”

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 1,200 TurboZone locations statewide to provide customers with more high-speed wireless capabilities. The Alaska-based company continuously supports community efforts, contributing to nonprofit organizations across the state. More information about GCI can be found at

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