Effort and Achievement
“This is a great program that I took advantage of,” said Principal Tom Martin who received 100 vouchers for two tickets to a Chicago White Sox game at Guaranteed Rate Field. The “Good Grades Program” is designed to reward student academic effort and achievement and is made available to schools in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
Principal Martin is pleased with how easy the "Good Grades" program is and loves the special benefit it offers students who have put forth great effort and achieved success.
“This is a very generous offer and great opportunity for kids, many of whom may never have been to a major league baseball game,” stated Mr. Martin. “…and it doesn’t hurt that they’re my team,” he added with a laugh. The tickets, which are given, free of charge, to participating schools have an approximate retail value of $2400. There are three dozen dates for students and their guest to choose from over the course of the summer.
Mr. Martin asked teachers in 5TH, 6TH, 7TH and 8TH grade to select students based on academic effort and achievement to receive the tickets. “I didn’t want this to be just for straight ‘A’ students, though it’s fine if they were included. I wanted teachers to have a chance to recognize students who either put forth a great effort, or who have made great improvement this year.”
Vouchers for White Sox tickets were passed out at lunchtime to every grade level, including this group of 8th graders.
Teachers submitted the names to Mr. Martin over the course of a week and the tickets were passed out at lunchtime. Students who received the vouchers are: