Why does EHOVE give out awards to students?
EHOVE assistant principal Rod Smith provided the following response about students winning these prizes:
Most of the awards are donated items from staff and area businesses. The perfect attendance car is donated by someone in the community. This year’s was from an individual and last year’s was from a local car recycling business.
Beside being the big prize, the car becomes a learning experience for our students as well. The auto tech students repair any mechanical issues and perform safety checks. The auto body students make sure the car looks great inside and out.
It’s important for teens to get into the habit of good attendance before going to college or the workforce. Employers want workers who come to work every day and on time. At EHOVE, the chance to win prizes and the likelihood of having better grades are what happens when you have good attendance. In the workforce, your rewards are earning a paycheck, sick time, vacation time, etc.
A large number of local and regional businesses and organizations belong to EHOVE’s advisory boards for each of the career tech programs offered at EHOVE. The members advise EHOVE on the latest industry needs and innovations to help EHOVE develop relevant curriculum for students in the career tech programs. Advisory members identify attendance as one of the biggest weaknesses of incoming workers.
Our goal is to have EHOVE students already be in the habit of having good attendance by the time they enter the workforce. It looks like EHOVE is gaining some ground. Last year at this time, 46 students had perfect attendance. Eight of those were for both of their years at EHOVE. This year, it’s up to 58 and 10, respectively.