New Mexico Truancy Program Rewards Students

By Karl Wehmhoener |

Published 05/28 2014 11:31AM

Updated 05/28 2014 11:41AM

CLOVIS -- Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced that sponsors of the Ninth Judicial District Attorneys Abolish Chronic Truancy Program (A.C.T.) awarded the grand prize to Kevon Brent, a student at Portales Junior High School.   

A.C.T. is a proactive program created by Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office to combat student dropout rates and increase school attendance.

Officials chose Kevon Brents from over 500 students with perfect school attendance. The grand prize includes an all-expense paid trip to Dallas, Texas, which includes airfare, hotel accommodations, tickets to Six-Flags and Hurricane Harbor, tickets to a Texas Rangers Major League Baseball game, and $500 spending cash.  The trip is courtesy of McDonalds and Rooney & Moon Broadcasting.

The A.C.T. program has been conducting end-of-year school assemblies throughout Curry and Roosevelt Counties, with its popular mascot Squatch, giving away dozens of bikes as prizes for students that had perfect attendance this school year.  Since the program’s inception, the perfect attendance record of high school seniors has tripled in numbers.  

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