Perfect Attendance Recognition Program Rewards ASD Students

October 29, 2014

GCI awards high school student 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles for perfect attendance; first middle-school winner awarded new Apple iPad Air

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Anchorage School District reported today that more than 8,000 middle and high school students achieved perfect attendance in the first quarter of the 2014-15 school year. The district thanks community businesses for emphasizing attendance through the expanded School Business Partnership program.

This year, the program has expanded to include all middle school students. This quarter 3,012 middle school students were eligible. Each quarter one student will receive a hosted party for them and 30 of their friends donated by For Fun Alaska. This student will also win a technology prize, such as a tablet or a smartphone donated by GCI.

On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Begich Middle School eighth-grade student Sean Matias was surprised in the school lunchroom with the news. Students, teachers and guests celebrated and congratulated Sean as he was presented with a certificate for a party hosted by For Fun Alaska and an iPad Air from GCI. More than 500 Begich Middle School students were eligible to win these attendance recognition prizes, which means about half of the students enrolled there had perfect attendance for first quarter.

During the first quarter, 5,107 high school students qualified for the “Drive for Perfect Attendance” program prizes. Each quarter all students with perfect attendance are eligible to win 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles donated by GCI. At the end of the school year, all students who have achieved perfect attendance for the entire school year will be eligible to win a 2015 Jeep Compass donated by Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of South Anchorage.

Amber Pettijohn, a ninth-grade student at Polaris Secondary School was the lucky first-quarter winner. The Polaris Principal, School Business Partnership committee members and her mother surprised her in her classroom with news that she won 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles.

“GCI is honored to contribute to recognizing students with perfect attendance in Anchorage,” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Services Paul Landes. “Our commitment is to the community, and a successful incentive for kids to stay in school is something we are excited to be part of.”

For additional information about the Attendance Recognition Program, visit

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