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The Award for Perfect Attendance at One O.C. School District? A Car

Businesses have an obligation to help keep communities strong and safe, says the owner of the dealership who offered the car.

This 2014 Sonic will soon be a car belong to a student with perfect attendance at Santa Ana Unified.
This 2014 Sonic will soon be a car belong to a student with perfect attendance at Santa Ana Unified.

Most kids, when they have perfect school attendance, can look forward to recognition at some assembly, or maybe a photo with the school board.

For one lucky student at an Orange County school district, that never-been-too-sick-for-school, never-ditched student will win a car.

One of about 800 Santa Ana Unified School District students with perfect attendance this year will win a new car in a drawing today, thanks to a local dealership.

"The main reason we do this is to help the community," said Bruce Hamlin, owner of Guaranty Chevrolet. "The more students that attend classes daily, the more educated the student becomes. Those are the people that become good citizens and therefore help the community."

He said businesses have an obligation to help keep communities strong and safe.

A 2014 Chevrolet Sonic will go to whoever ends up with the key that starts the car.

The eligible students will gather at the dealership at 711 E. 17th St. at 10 a.m. and five names will be drawn. Each will get to pick a key, but only one will start the car.

Sonics sell for $14,000 to $21,000.

"The look on the student's face when they win the car is priceless," Hamlin said.

The other four finalists will get $100 each. Guaranty started the annual giveaway in 2007.

The SAUSD has been cited by the state for the past two years for improved attendance and dropout prevention.

--City News Service

Patch Editor Penny Arévalo contributed to this report.


GUADALUPE TORRES June 08, 2014 at 02:16 AM
my middle son had perfect attendance for ALL 13 yrs, from kindergarten to last day of high school, and I had to go thru 10 or so phone calls, just to have a mention made at graduation!! but the 4.0+ GPA students had their part in the graduation program.
concerned parent June 08, 2014 at 01:14 PM
That's great that your student had perfect attendance (and means he was extremely healthy). That's something to be celebrated. But a 4.0+ GPA means much, much more than simply being present and certainly should be celebrated at graduation.
Frank W. Chupka June 08, 2014 at 01:24 PM
this leaves a wrong message. now when kids get jobs and don't miss a day of work for a year, they will expect a raise.
Maura Mikulec June 08, 2014 at 08:33 PM
I actually just think it's weird when kids never miss school. Aren't they ever just too tired, a little under the weather, had some kind of accident, had an opportunity for a family trip, or had family visiting from out of town? School's not the most important thing in the world. There's some real world stuff going on that's valuable outside of a classroom.
phil June 09, 2014 at 12:50 PM
DRIVING LESSONS, FOR ALL QUALIFIED, WOULD BE MORE VALUABLE TO EVERYONE ON THE ROAD AND FAMILIES!!!!

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