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166 Eisenhower Middle School seventh-graders earn free bicycles, helmets for attendance records

166 Eisenhower Middle School seventh-graders earn free bicycles, helmets for attendance records

According to Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School principal John Mangrum, it's not uncommon for students to miss a few days of school during the 180-day school year, whether they're sick or have a family matter. However, concerns arise when students decide to skip class or stay home for unwarranted reasons.

To encourage attendance, the middle school partnered with Laurel's Tischer Acura dealership and Walmart to reward seventh-graders with a free bicycle if they kept perfect attendance or had no unexcused absences. On June 8, nearly half of the seventh-grade were rewarded for their attendance records this year.

"It's outstanding," Mangrum said. "It's a great...