P.A.C.E. Program Awards Free Bikes to Children With Perfect School Attendance
Two years ago, Bud Clary Toyota of Yakima decided to spend their own money to encourage children to stay in school. The premise was a simple as the name: Perfect Attendance Creates Excellence. If a child had perfect attendance, he or she was awarded a free bike, helmet and a party at the end of the year. Well this year, they're bringing the program back!
If your son or daughter's elementary school is participating in the P.A.C.E. program, here are the basic guidelines.
- Show up for school every day.
- No tardies and no leaving early for appointments.
- No absences -- excused or unexcused.
That's really it. Now, seriously, and speaking as a dad with three kids in school, if your children are sick, have them stay home. Their health is the most important thing. Consider all illnesses carefully, though. If your child feels a little sick and can tough it out, that might be OK. But if they're sneezing and running a temperature, keep them home.
Make sure you schedule doctors and dentist appointments around school time. I know, it's sometimes hard on your busy schedule, but many places that are typically only open from 8 to 5 or 6 will arrange earlier or later visits based on your schedule if you ask. I know Central Washington Family Medicine accepts patients as early as 7:45 to to make sure you get to school on time.
But if your child has perfect attendance -- and as we say, perfect means perfect -- he or she will get a new bike and helmet from Bud Clary Toyota of Yakima. They'll also get to attend a huge party for them and their entire family featuring an all-you-can-eat barbecue, bounce houses and more.
Here is the list of local schools participating.
Adams Elementary -- Wapato
Camas Elementary -- Wapato
Satus Elementary -- Wapato
Nob Hill Elementary --Yakima
Roosevelt Elementary -- Granger
Gilbert Elementary -- Yakima
East Valley Elementary -- Moxee
Robertson Elementary -- Yakima
Martin Luther King Elementary -- Yakima
Barge Lincoln Elementary -- Yakima
Arthur Smith Elementary - Grandview
Hoover Elementary -- Yakima
Outlook Elementary - Outlook
Roosevelt Elementary -- Yakima
Valley View Elementary - Toppenish
Marcus Whitman Elementary -- Cowiche
Westpark Christian Academy -- Yakima
Mt. Stuart Elementary -- Ellensburg
Whitney Elementary -- Yakima