Alaska school district offers prizes in new tactic to boost attendance

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

The newest weapons in the Anchorage School District's ongoing battle against truancy: pizza, Disneyland and a new Jeep.

Starting this fall, the district is using the promise of big-ticket prizes donated by local businesses as an enticement to students to come to class every day.

On Tuesday afternoon one of those prizes, a Jeep Patriot, was parked outside Dimond High School when Jared Irvine sauntered up to register for his junior year.

The promotional messages painted on the Jeep said he could win it for having perfect school attendance. That sounded pretty good to the 16-year-old, as long as he could choose the paint job.

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