OCDE students earn skateboards for hitting attendance goals

Students with their new skateboards, along with their teachers

Students from OCDE’s ACCESS program collect their four-wheeled prizes after posting perfect attendance records in May. Clockwise, from left: 11th-grader Jeremie Sandoval of Magnolia Learning Center with teacher John Charlton, seventh-grader Juan Anastacio of the Haster independent study program with teacher Brad Maguin, and 11th-grader Danielle Kleinman of Magnolia’s independent study program with teacher Lora Beasley.

A half-dozen students from OCDE’s alternative education program recently took home new skateboards as bonuses for stellar attendance.

Students enrolled in schools run by the department’s Administrative Unit 104 in Garden Grove entered into a drawing for the boards after meeting the challenge of producing perfect attendance records in May. Similarly, their independent studies counterparts entered the drawing by not missing an appointment or an assignment the entire month.

In all, 44 students were eligible, and six were announced as winners on June 13. Principal Dr. Talisa Sullivan, who oversees AU 104, and Shona Jackson, a student records technician, personally delivered the skateboards, which were donated by Bravo Sports.

Sullivan said her unit was happy to offer incentives for students who attend school consistently and excel in their coursework.

“At ACCESS, we ask students to attend regularly and we engage them in the learning process,” she said. “Teachers in AU 104 provide engaging lessons and the result is positive student attendance.”

OCDE’s Alternative, Community, and Correctional Education Schools and Services program, or ACCESS, offers year-round educational options in diverse learning environments for Orange County students. For more information, visit www.ocde.us/ACCESS.