May 28, 2014

Why does EHOVE give out awards to students?

How does EHOVE pay for awards, such as cars and other high-value items, to students? Lila via email

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.

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Comments

freespeech1

EHOVE does a wonderful job! My son just graduated from there and I was happy to see so many going to college and joining the military. I commend the entire staff at EHOVE and thank them for giving my son a great education and life skills that will benefit him for years to come.

GoBigLex2001

I would not have taken that car unless I was desperate. When I worked there, the auto tech class could barely keep the school cars running..lol. Maintenance was bare bones and sometimes we got the cars back worse or the work was farmed out to Dorr Chevrolet, who did an equally crappy job.

Stop It

When you worked there, which was what year(s)?

That place has improved a lot especially hiring experienced, in the field/workplace type of people. Not to mention the programs where the kids actually go to work for employers as part of their curriculum. Time out of school spent making money in real life scenarios beats the crap outta book learning for a skilled trade.

I know quite a few kids that found out school was really teaching them real life workplace stuff. Some great welders, body workers and mechanics I know did very well understanding not only the work, but the ins and outs of a true place of work.

Edit to add: EHOVE has been the only local school in the past several years that has not had a problem getting a levy passed. And they don't even have to beg or see "vote no" signs.

GoBigLex2001

I wasnt questioning the value of a vocational education. I graduated from a vocational school myself (a different one, not EHOVE). I am all FOR vocational education.

Stop It

Your "GoBigLex2001
Wed, 05/28/2014 - 1:16pm" did not show that sentiment.

holysee

Why does the goverment give out subsidies to oil companies?
Why do the oldest and richest among us get senior citizen discounts?
Why are buffets still in business?
Why do 3 out of 4 NFL heroes end up bankrupt/on welfare (look it up)? - is the NFL a scheme to put people on the dole?
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Why ask why?

Nemesis

Smith: "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."

And in school the rewards are getting a good education so you can earn those other rewards in the workforce. This prize program encourages short term thinking. which is the root of most of our social problems.

Stop It

Like they are gonna learn all of life's lessons in three short years before they're not even out of their teens, genius?

Nemesis

Well, since they are expected to become functioning adults in the same timeframe, pretty much! It's never too early to learn deferred gratification and adopt longer time preferences, the things that most distinguish those who contribute to society from those who don't.

Informed

Here's my issue with perfect attendance awards: kids get sick. Stomach flu was rampant this year, so those who didn't get it were lucky. So you are rewarding people for nothing more than being lucky. Also, some students have chronic medical conditions which require appointments with specialists, physical therapists, tests and procedures, etc, that cannot be made after school hours. Kids cannot help that. EHOVE needs to not count excused absences when considering attendance.