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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26 2013 1:45 p.m. MST

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InterestedObserver
Provo, UT

Congrats to the young lady, please don't become a poor statistic by getting in an accident, Don't text... But have a great time!!!

Why didn't they have that when I was a kid, I had perfect attendance in 7th, 9th, 10th and 11th grades. I think I made up for it as a Senior, but was already accepted to BYU so attendance at school wasn't a priority at age 17.

Why miss school, the only allure for me was "The Price is Right". When friends missed school, I always asked if the the watched it.

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

Hold the phone. WHO paid for this?

rvalens2
Burley, ID

"Hold the phone WHO paid for this?" - @USALover

Next time you need to read the entire article and not just the headline. It says the car was donated.

Western Rover
Herriman, UT

I would much rather see this sort of prize given for academic achievement, not for keeping a seat warm. A student who works hard to bring his grade up to an A from a C, despite missing a few days of school due to flu, is in my opinion more deserving of this sort of reward than someone who was lucky enough not to have to take any sick days. (These are examples; I have no personal knowledge of any of the students at Hunter.) Of course, the donors can direct their prizes how they wish.

EJM
Herriman, UT

@Western Rover: one reason for this program was because Hunter HS found out last year that students who averaged fewer than 20 period absences in a quarter were, on average, having .25 F grades. Those with 30 period absences were earning 4.5 F grades per quarter. Do the math. If students are at least keeping a seat "warm" they stand a better chance of passing their classes then if they don't show up. First rule of life is to "show up". From there they hope to have students improve their grades.

Western Rover
Herriman, UT

EJM, I agree that missing 20 more more days of school each quarter is hardly conducive to learning. On the other hand, I took and passed six AP tests during my four years of high school, yet I had at least one sick day each year. I would not have had a shot at that car, had such things been offered in my time. No, I'm not bitter. ;-)

yarrlydarb
Ogden, UT

This is nuts!

Explain to me why anyone should be gifted a car for doing exactly what is expected of them.

EJM
Herriman, UT

Here's why. Because kids, just like adults, don't do what is what expected of them. If they did, both kids and adults, we wouldn't have jails. With that said, if a car donation gets one kid, or ten kids, to change their habits and start passing classes by attending school more regularly, tell me what is bad about that?

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