Students receive bikes for perfect attendance |

Students receive bikes for perfect attendance

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Jacqueline Rodriguez, left, and Eduardo Torres-Ochoa pose with their prizes for perfect attendance at Bijou Community School.

Two students at the school with highest attendance rate in Lake Tahoe Unified School District received prizes for going to class every day.

As part of the district’s program to boost attendance levels, which also increases funding from the state, fifth-grader Jacqueline Rodriguez and first-grader Eduardo Torres-Ochoa each won a new bicycle in a Wednesday prize drawing at Bijou Community School.

The two students have not missed a day of school, said Principal Karen Tinlin.

Bijou has the best attendance levels among the five schools in the district with 96.7 percent of its 548 students in class.

With attendance levels at 94 percent last year, the boost could mean a $100,000 monetary gain for the district. Under the incentive plan, every school that raises attendance levels will receive half of the state money accrued with the percentage gains.

Superintendent Jim Tarwater said he’s proud of the school’s accomplishments.

“Our goal was 97 percent,” Tarwater said. “They did it in one year. That’s unbelievable.”

Tinlin said a bike left for more than a year at the school was going to be given as an attendance award. But when the bike was said to be a prize, it was claimed by its owner, Tinlin said.

Not wanting to abandon the prize, kindergarten teacher Jill Carter purchased a boy’s bike and a girl’s bike.

The drawing was for the second trimester. Students who have also attended school on a regular basis will be treated to a movie at the school. Tinlin said she is unsure of the prizes for the third, and last, trimester for students.

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