Bastrop ISD is giving away a free car to improve participation

Bastrop ISD has teamed up with Sames Bastrop Ford to give a student a free car. Their goal is to increase attendance rates in the district. Here’s how.

BASTROP, Texas – Back at school, students were rewarded with a gold star or certificate of perfect attendance. A school district in central Texas decided to take this reward up a notch.

Bastrop Independent School District offers a chance to win a free car for students who keep perfect attendance records throughout the school year. The district launched its first Drive Sames 4 Education Perfect Attendance Program with Same Bastrop Ford on Sept 26

BISD District Assistant Superintendent Kristi Lee said the district has seen a drop in attendance and grades from all students. The free car serves as an incentive to get students to come back to class.

For the 2021-2022 school year, BISD had an attendance rate of 90.59%. This is the lowest in the last four years. When the pandemic originally broke out in the 2019-2020 school year, the total attendance was almost three percentage points higher at 93.67%.

“We have a district-wide attendance initiative focused on educating parents and students about the importance of coming to school every day,” Lee said.

One of the initiatives the district has implemented is the Drive Sames 4 Education Perfect Attendance Program. The goal of this program is to change attendance rates by offering a car as an incentive for students.

For each six-week period that a student is perfectly present, they receive a voucher. With five six-week periods remaining in the school year, students can earn up to five coupons to enter the draw at the end of the school year. The winner of the drawing wins the car.

“It will be an EcoSport 2022, and on top of that, Prosperity Bank will take care of all the textile licenses for them,” said Craig Murphy, Sames Bastrop General Manager.

Textile licenses include the taxes, ownership and royalties associated with owning a car.

Lee said her attendance goal for the 2022-2023 school year is 93.8%. The district needs to be closer to the 96-97% range, but still wants to improve.

“This is important for academics [and] for future career preparation,” Lee added. “It’s important for students to have connections with their teachers and peers.”

Murphy said they have implemented this program in schools in Laredo and have had success. The hope is that the program will also increase attendance at BISD.

The schools participating in the program are Bastrop High School, Cedar Creek High School and Colorado River Collegiate Academy.

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Laura Coffey

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