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New car encourages student achievement

August 9, 2005

Valdosta - Students at Lowndes High School stare in amazement at brand new vehicles that could soon be theirs. "I'm so excited, I want a car!" said Kasey Parker.

To get one of these, you don't have to take out a loan or make monthly payments. All these students have to do is come to class, make good grades, and be on their best behavior. "We know we've got great students, we're just hoping to get the really excited about being productive and doing the right things," said Amy Carter, Teacher.

It's called "Where there's a wheel, there's a way." The program is sponsored by Lowndes High Teachers and Griner Automotive Group.

Students can earn tickets for good grades, behavior, attendance, low tardiness, and extracurricular activities, and at the end of the year all the tickets will be entered in a drawing. The student who's ticket is drawn will drive away in style. "They have the choice of a Nissan Exterra, Nissan Altima, or the new Pontiac G-6," said John Thrasher, Teacher.

But the school wasn't just given the vehicle. Teachers are footing the bill as a way to say thank you to their students. "This school can't run without them, there's no way a school of 3,000 can function smoothly if its not for those few students who are exceptional," said Thrasher.

And even if you don't drive away with the grand prize, you could still be a winner. "We're looking at getting some laptop computers, maybe even dinner on us, a movie on us," said Carter.

That's enough to keep these students attentive, on time, and on their best behavior.

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