CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE CHALLENGE 

 

August 2017 

Central Elementary is located in Gulfport, MS, and quite possibly one of the oldest elementary schools on the Gulf Coast.  Over the summer, Gulfport School District Superintendent, Glen East, announced that the district goal for the 2017-2018 school year was that every school would reach a 97% attendance rate. 

Because of our ongoing commitment to support Central Elementary School, Bannister Foundation has decided to challenge the families and students students of CES this year. Our challenge to the families is simple: Bring Your Children to School Everyday! For any child who has perfect attendance for the first half of the school year, the family will receive a $100 Walmart Gift Card, courtesy of Bannister Foundation. 

We've also committed to challenging the 5th grade students, more specifically.  The challenge is the same: come to school everyday! Every quarter Bannister Foundation will throw a party for any 5th grade student with at least 95% attendance for the quarter. And any 5th grade student who has 97% attendance for the year at the end of the year, we'll take them to zoo!

Central Elementary School 

1st Quarter Update

The First Quarter Attendance Party was held on Friday, October 20th, 2017 at the Central Elementary School Gym.  The fifth grade students were challenged to achieve 95% attendance for the first 9 weeks. Students who met this challenge would be treated to a Pizza Party! Bannister Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce, that out of 85 fifth grade students, 50 achieved their attendance challenge and were able to attend the party! 

1st Semester Update

On December 21, 2017, Bannister Foundation, Inc. had the privilege of presenting 35 students and their families with $100 Walmart Gift Cards because they had achieved Perfect Attendance for the First Semester of the 2017-2018 School Year. These students and their families worked very hard to achieve this goal and Bannister Foundation, Inc. is very proud of all of them!

2nd Quarter Update

The Second Quarter Attendance Party was held on Friday, January 5th, 2018 at the Central Elementary School Gym.  The fifth grade students were challenged to achieve 95% attendance for the second 9 weeks. Students who met this challenge were treated to a Nacho Party! Bannister Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce, that out of 85 fifth grade students, 38 achieved their attendance challenge and were able to attend the party! 

3rd Quarter Update

The Third Quarter Attendance Party was held on Friday, March 16th, 2018 at the Central Elementary School Gym.  The fifth grade students were challenged to achieve 97% attendance for the third 9 weeks. Students who met this challenge were treated to a Ice Cream Party! Bannister Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce, that out of 85 fifth grade students, 30 achieved their attendance challenge and were able to attend the party! 

4th Quarter Update

The Fourth Quarter Attendance Party was held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the Central Elementary School Gym.  The fifth grade students were challenged to achieve 97% attendance for the fourth 9 weeks. Students who met this challenge were treated to a Popcorn Party! Bannister Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce, that out of 85 fifth grade students, 29 achieved their attendance challenge and were able to attend the party! 

End of the Year Audubon Zoo Trip

On Friday, May 18th, 2018, Bannister Foundation, Inc. was honored to take 25 fifth grade students to Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. For many of the students, this was their first trip to the zoo, as well as their first trip out of the state! We had a full day filled animals, zoo snacks, lunch in the park, playtime, and a sweet ride! 

2nd Semester Update

On May 24th, 2018, Bannister Foundation, Inc. had the privilege of presenting 24 students and their families with $100 Walmart Gift Cards because they had achieved Perfect Attendance for the Second Semester of the 2017-2018 School Year. Many of these students were receiving gift cards for the second time, as they had achieved perfect attendance for the first semester. These students and their families worked very hard to achieve this goal and Bannister Foundation, Inc. is very proud of all of them!

Pizza Party
Pizza Party

The pizza and Halloween treats are ready to go!

Yum!
Yum!

The students were happily gathered together, enjoying their treats!

Treats!
Treats!

This table was empty after the party!

Pizza Party
Pizza Party

The pizza and Halloween treats are ready to go!

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All 35 students!
All 35 students!

All 35 students who received Perfect Attendance.

Siblings
Siblings

2 siblings proudly showing off their gift cards!

The first one!
The first one!

This was the first family to receive their gift cards!

All 35 students!
All 35 students!

All 35 students who received Perfect Attendance.

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Who's ready for nachos?!
Who's ready for nachos?!

These guys had a blast at their nacho party!

Who's ready for nachos?!
Who's ready for nachos?!

These guys had a blast at their nacho party!

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A variety to choose from!
A variety to choose from!

We had lots of ice cream to choose from for the 3rd quarter party!

The Sailor Sentinel
The Sailor Sentinel

A copy of The Sailor Sentinel announcing the ice cream party!

A variety to choose from!
A variety to choose from!

We had lots of ice cream to choose from for the 3rd quarter party!

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Our Executive Director with a few 5th grade students!
There's a tiger!
There's a tiger!

A few of the 5th grade students checking out a napping tiger.

Central Elementary 5th Grade
Central Elementary 5th Grade

The 5th grade students who achieved 97% attendance received an all expense paid trip to the Audubon Zoo!

Watching the animals!
Watching the animals!

Our first stop at the zoo, was to check out the animals of Africa!

There's a tiger!
There's a tiger!

A few of the 5th grade students checking out a napping tiger.

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2 happy brothers
2 happy brothers

Both of these brothers achieved Perfect Attendance for the 2nd Semester.

Handing out the gift cards!
Handing out the gift cards!

Our Executive Director and CES Vice Principal, Mr. Allen, are helping to hand out the gift cards.

The First One!
The First One!

Mr. Allen handing out the first card!

2 happy brothers
2 happy brothers

Both of these brothers achieved Perfect Attendance for the 2nd Semester.

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