School is Cool

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The School is Cool program is an educational initiative based on the belief that there is a direct link between academic achievement, the quality of the local workforce, and the quality of life in the community. The program objectives are to:

  • Promote the idea that school is cool.
  • Recognize and celebrate students who achieve perfect attendance.
  • Encourage all students to aspire to achieve perfect attendance and graduate from high school.
  • Promote the importance of education to all students, parents, and the community at large.
  • Highlight the important connection between showing up ready to learn for school every day and showing up ready to work every day as an adult.

Here are some highlights of the program for this year:

  • We will have rewards each grading period for students that had perfect attendance during that 6- or 9-week period.
    • We are partnering with area businesses to offer rewards to students all year long.  We realize some kids get sick and miss school in the beginning of the year causing them to lose interest in attendance for the remainder of the year.  As a result, we want to give those students a reason to start fresh and know that every day counts!  This is our new tagline for School Is Cool.  John Dils has agreed to start us off and offer everyone with perfect attendance during the first grading period with a pass to one of Family Fitness Works, Rec Plex or Sports Plex.
  • We plan to visit every school twice per year (one time per semester) to do drawings for bigger prizes.  The winners will be drawn from those students that have perfect attendance for the year so far.
  • The art contest will return this year!
    • Students at all grade levels may submit their artwork to our office (directly or through their school) to be considered for this year’s School Is Cool t-shirt design.
    • We will have winners in these categories: Elementary, Middle/Jr. High School, High School.
    • In addition, we will choose a winner in the Digital Media category to be used for future marketing materials.
    • Every student with perfect attendance for the schoolyear will receive a t-shirt with the winning design.
  • Senior Celebration
    • Graduating seniors who have achieved perfect attendance for their senior year, passed the ECA testing, maintaining a 2.0 GPA and on track to graduate with a Core 40 diploma or better will be invited to the Senior Celebration at Wetzel Auto.
    • One name will be drawn to win the grand prize of a car or a scholarship, compliments of Wetzel Auto.
    • Every senior who attends will receive a prize (yet to be determined).

The School is Cool program is generously supported by:

4th Floor Blues Club Jon Ford
5th Street Coffee & Bagels Junior Achievement of Eastern Indiana, Inc.
A & P Quality Home Care Agency Karen Pipes-JP Morgan
A-1 Lock & Safe Shop Koons Home Center
Abbott Nutrition Koorsen Fire & Security, Inc.
Absocold Corporation Lingle Real Estate – Duning Marc
Abstracts of Richmond, Inc. Lingle Real Estate – Holthouse
Achieva Resources Corporation, Inc. Lingle Real Estate – Potter
Ahaus Tool and Engineering, Inc. Lingle Real Estate Inc.
Ainsley’s Cafe Little Sheba’s/Zini’s Place
All Pest Exterminating, Inc. Logue’s TLC Pet Hospital
Ambassador Healthcare M.R.J. III
American Legion Harry Ray Post 65 MacAllister Rentals
Ameriprise Financial MainSource Bank – Centerville
Animal Care Alliance Manpower of Richmond
Annex of Richmond McDonald’s
Annex of Richmond McFarling Foods
Anytime Fitness Meijer, Inc.
Arbor Trace Meridian Health Services
Aseracare Hospice Miami  Industrial Trucks, Inc.
Aseracare Hospice Miles-Richmond
B & F Plastics, Inc. Milestone Contractors, L.P.
Bader Mechanical, Inc. Miracle-Ear Hearing Center
Barnhizer & Associates Model T Ford Club of America Model T Museum
Barrett Paving Materials Morrisson-Reeves Library
Baumgartner Commercial Real Estate Natco Community Empowerment Center
Beals-Moore & Associates, Inc. Natco Credit Union
Belden Nettle Creek Custom Gardens
Berry Plastics Corp. Noah’s Ark Day Care Center, Inc.
Best Western Classic Inn Northgate Cars, Inc.
Bethany Theological Seminary Olive Garden
Better Homes & Gardens/First Realty – Salzarulo Orscheln Farm and Home
Better Homes & Gardens/First Realty Group Orscheln Farm and Home
Birth-to-Five, Incorporated Osborn International
Bob Evans Palladium-Item Media Group
Bob Evans – East Parallax Systems
Brady Ware Paust Printers
BridgeMAXX Pepsi Beverages Company
Brown Appraisal Service Perfect Circle Credit Union
Buckley Excavating Inc. Pleasant View Nursery, Garden Center & Florist
Buffalo Wild Wings Ply Fiber Arts
Bumblebee Quick Print/North Porter Advertising LLC
Burkhardt Tax Service Premier Toyota Nissan of Richmond
C.R. England Premier Truck Driving School Price’s Square Donuts of Richmond
Camping World of Richmond Primex Plastics Corporation
Cardinal Greenway Productivity Fabricators, Inc.
Carter Lumber ProSource
Castle Roofing, Inc. PTC Alliance
Centerstone Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC
Centerville-Abington Community Schools REC PLEX by Family Fitness Works
Central Soft Water Systems Reid Hospital & Health Care Services
Central United Methodist Church Reynolds Plumbing, Inc
Christ Presbyterian Church Richmond Art Museum
Cindy Johnson Richmond Casting Company
Civic Hall Performing Arts/Richmond Community Schools Richmond Community Schools
Columbia Title Richmond Family YMCA
Comcast Spotlight Richmond Furniture Gallery, Inc.
Comfort Inn of Richmond Richmond Hydraulic Service
Commercial Printing Services Richmond Lions Club
Communities In Schools Richmond Oral Surgery Associates Acquisition, LLC
Contemporary Consulting, Inc. Richmond Power & Light
Contract Industrial Tooling Richmond Rotary Club
Culligan Richmond Richmond Symphony Orchestra
Cummins Electric Riggle-Waltermann Mortuary
Cutting Edge Physical Therapy RMD/Patti Insurance
Cycling and Fitness Warehouse Rosa’s Office Plus
Dairy Queen Stores Rosebud Village
David Stidham Russell Painting Company
Davis Jewelry Company Seton Catholic Schools
Dewco Sales, Inc. SignGrafX & Engraving
Doan & Mills Funeral Home Silgan White Cap Corporation
Dot Foods, Inc. Smith Dairy Wayne Division
Doxpop, LLC Stagg Safety Equipment, Inc.
Dr. Angela Burke, D.D.S. Stanley W. Hayes Research Foundation, Inc.
Dr. Richard W. Siebert Starbucks Coffee Company
Drs. Logan & Bailey, Optometrists, Inc. State Farm Insurance – Pat James
Earlham College Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home
Earlywine Pest Control & Turf Sterling House of Richmond Brookdale Senior Living
El Rodeo – East Sugar Creek Packing Co.
El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant Summit Computer Systems, Inc.
Elwood Staffing Services Superstore Used Cars, Inc.
Family Fitness Works Taco Bell
Farm Bureau Insurance The Independent Living Center of Eastern Indiana
Farm Credit Services of Mid-America The Olde North Chapel
Fireside Mobile Homes The Olde Richmond Inn
First Bank Richmond The Salvation Army
First Merchants Bank The Skate
Flowers by Carla The Village at Whitewater
Forest Park Health Campus The Village at Whitewater
Fountain City Wesleyan Church Tiedemann-Bevs Industries, Inc.
Frame’s Lawn Care and Snow Removal Tom L. Cox
Fricker’s Richmond Tri-County Awards
Galo’s Italian Grill Tristatebid
Gardner, Sayre & Weikart Veach’s
Gary K. Brown, D.D.S. Vectren Corporation
Gary Saunders Vicki DeMao
Georgia Direct Carpet, Inc. Wallace Heating & Air, Inc.
Get Fired, LLC Wal-Mart
Golden Engineering, Inc. Warehouse Cafe, The
Greenwood Apartments Waters ENT Sinus & Allergy
Gross Roofing & Sheet Metal LLC Wayne Bank and Trust Co.
GYN, Ltd. Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau, Inc.
H & P Tool Company Wayne County Historical Museum
H.L. Libby Corporation Wayne County Republican Committee
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Richmond Wayne County Sheriff’s Department
Hagerstown Plastics, Inc. Waynet, Inc.
Hampton Inn & Suites Webb & Associates
Harvest Land Co-op, Inc. West End Bank
Health Care Professionals Federal Credit Union West Main Family Dental
Heart Breaker Video Disc Jockeys LLC Western Wayne Schools
HELP the Animals Wetzel Chevrolet
Hilling Moving & Storage Wetzel Chrysler Jeep Dodge
Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. Wetzel Family Auto Cruise
Holiday Inn Wetzel Ford
Hometown Wetzel Honda
HYPE Richmond Wetzel Hyundai
Indiana American Water Company Whitewater Construction
Indiana Football Hall of Fame Whitewater Valley Rehabilitation
Indiana Municipal Power Agency Whitewater Valley REMC
IronGate Creative Wilco Custom Electronics
J.M. Hutton & Company, Inc. Williams & Keckler, LLC
Jeff Plasterer YWCA
Johnson Chiropractic