Seay Motors recently awarded Graves County Schools bus driver Jill Kirby and Symsonia Elementary teacher Lea Ann McIntosh $250 each for perfect attendance for the first nine weeks of school. Seay Motors will do the same for one faculty member and one staff member in the school district at the end of the remaining three nine-week periods of the school year. The auto dealership sponsors the same offer in the Mayfield Independent School District.
“We started the ‘Driving Attendance’ car giveaway to show students how important being at school and being on time is,” said Seay Motors general manager Brady Davis. “We wanted to let the faculty and staff in on it all, too. So, if the adults are telling the students how important it is to be in school and on time every day, we want the adults to model good attendance, too. This offers incentive and gives the adults a chance to win something. At the end of the year, school district employees who have had perfect attendance for the entire year can win $1,000. The students who go a nine weeks with perfect attendance get their names in a drawing. Each nine weeks perfect gets a student a chance to win. So, if you went the entire year perfect, the student would have their name in there four times.”
“As always, we are very happy to partner with Seay Motors, with their various initiatives all year long,” said Graves County Schools director of pupil personnel Christy Puckett. “This one is very special because we’re rewarding our employees and setting an example for our students.”
Puckett added, “Seay Motors is very creative with this project. It really came together with Seay Motors and representatives of both the Graves County and Mayfield Independent schools brainstorming in a great partnership for our community. We have both districts working well together for a good goal.”
Graves County Schools bus driver Jill Kirby poses behind an oversized $250 check from Seay Motors, presented by the auto dealership’s general manager, Brady Davis. Kirby’s name was drawn randomly among classified employees with perfect attendance for the first nine weeks of school. Similar drawings will take place at the end of each nine-week period. Classified employees are those who work as members of the transportation department, teacher assistants, office personnel, custodial and maintenance staff, cafeteria workers, and the like. Those who maintain perfect attendance throughout the entire school year will be eligible to win $1,000 in another drawing then.
Symsonia Elementary School kindergarten teacher Lea Ann McIntosh (far right) holds the $250 check she can cash from Seay Motors. Her name was drawn as a certified teacher maintaining perfect attendance the first nine weeks of the 2019-20 school year. Along with McIntosh’s students in this photo, adults posing with her, from left, include Graves County Schools director of pupil personnel Christy Puckett, Seay Motors general manager Brady Davis, Symsonia principal Courtney Story, and behind McIntosh is Graves County Schools director of personnel and human resources Wes Johnson.
(photos by Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools)