A first look at a Sandusky High School "be in school" incentive program that will award a student with perfect attendance a car might have some people scratching their heads. "Why should any student be rewarded for doing what students are supposed to do?" is a question we've heard since the car giveaway was announced last week.
We say, why not?
Phil Steinle Auto Sales donated the used car to the school district, and students in the school's auto shop program will make any repairs or fix-ups necessary. The car giveaway gives those students an opportunity to work together and be part of what has become a big deal for the school. And it also gives SHS students a chance to compete for what is nearly every teenager's dream: his or her own set of wheels. And the skill needed to win is presence -- be in class every day.
The names of all students with perfect attendance will be part of a raffle after the year ends, and the student picked will be able to drive away. SHS Principal Dan Poggiali called it a little extra incentive for students. "If they are in front of us, we can help them succeed," he said.
So maybe when you were in school nobody offered you the chance to win a car just by attending classes. But the students who will be eligible for this prize will have earned the chance by staying focussed and being in class. It's not your father's Buick, and it's not your father's SHS. Poggiali and other school officials saw an opportunity to offer an incentive to students, thanks to the Steinle dealership's generosity.
We say school officials should look for any and every opportunity to motivate students and seize those they deem worthy. We're glad they saw this one, and we hope the students have fun in the competition.