Recovery School District students rewarded for perfect attendance

August 13, 2010

The New Orleans Hornets will team up with The Salvation Army for the second consecutive year to re-launch the Emerge Program presented by Richards Disposal for the 2010-2011 school year at a pep rally featuring Hugo, Honeybees and other personalities on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. at Johnson Elementary (1800 Monroe St.).

Emerge provides RSD students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades with positive incentives to learn, live and grow by attending school. The Hornets, Richards Disposal, The Salvation Army, Audubon Nature Institute and Rouses Supermarkets will provide monthly rewards to students who reach their perfect attendance benchmarks. Last year, more than 1,600 RSD students participated in the program, nearly 42 percent of the entire RSD population for those grades.

During the 2008-2009 school year, the RSD recorded an attendance percentage below 90 percent. After the Emerge program was launched in the 2009-2010 year, attendance at RSD schools jumped to over 95 percent.

The Emerge Program presented by Richards Disposal is a great example of how the Hornets and our wonderful partners can utilize our resources to encourage local students to attend school and ultimately increase their chances for success in and out of the classroom, said Hornets Sr. Vice President of Community Investment Steve Martin. These students represent the future of our city, and we are committed to give them the opportunity to succeed.

In September, students who maintain perfect attendance will receive a $100 gift card to Wal-Mart; in October, the students will receive Audubon Family Passes to an event at Audubon Zoo; in November, Rouses Supermarkets will provide Thanksgiving baskets; in December, students who reach their attendance benchmarks will be invited to an exclusive Christmas party presented by Richards Disposal and receive gifts for themselves and their siblings; in January, the school with the highest attendance percentage will receive a Hornets pep rally; in February, students will be recognized by the Hornets; in March, eligible students will be invited to an Easter Event presented by Richards Disposal; and in April, the school with the highest overall attendance figures will receive a lunchtime visit from Audubon Nature Institutes outreach vehicle.

Richards Disposal is proud to be the presenting partner of the Emerge Program this year, and we are excited to reach out to these students and help direct their paths toward success, said Alvin Richard, founder of Richards Disposal. We appreciate the work the Hornets and these other partners are doing to invest in our local students.

The RSD is excited about the opportunity to reward students who are doing all the right things, and we are so thankful to the New Orleans Hornets and other organizations for making this program possible, said RSD Superintendent Paul Vallas. We hope that the Emerge programs will help instill in all our students the importance of good attendance, behavior and good work habits, thereby increasing their chances for academic success.

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