Release Date: 12/7/2016
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Annual Attendance Challenge to conclude with principals dressed as mascots visiting schools

What: A bluebird, a panda, a bear cub, and a Labrador walk into a school… That isn’t the beginning of a joke. It’s what will happen on Friday, Dec. 9, at four Baltimore County schools.

To conclude their second Annual Attendance Challenge, four elementary school principals will dress as their school mascots and tour all four schools to celebrate students’ successful attendance efforts. Stephen Coco, principal of Mays Chapel, will be dressed as a Labrador; Melissa DiDonato, principal of Padonia International, as a panda; Jane Martin, principal of Pot Spring, as a bluebird; and Jason Barnett, principal of Warren, as a bear cub.

At Warren Elementary, their first stop, the principals will dance and greet students arriving for school. At the other three schools, the principals will tour the halls and teachers will bring their classes out to see them. At the final stop, Mays Chapel will be recognized as the winner of the challenge and will receive a trophy donated by Crown Trophy. The competition was very close: average attendance was 96.45% at Mays Chapel, 96.38% at Warren, 96.01% at Pot Spring, and 95.9% at Padonia International.

When and Where: Friday, Dec. 9

8:15 – 8:45 a.m.
Warren Elementary School
900 Bosley Rd., 21030

8:55 – 9:15 a.m.
Padonia International Elementary School
9834 Greenside Dr., 21030

9:25 – 9:45 a.m.
Pot Spring Elementary School
2410 Springlake Dr., 21093

10:00 – 10:20 a.m.
Mays Chapel Elementary School
12250 Roundwood Rd., 21093

Background: November is BCPS Attendance Awareness Month. The four schools collaborated on this challenge because of their proximity to each other and because students often move between the schools. On their tour, the principals will be transported and escorted by the schools’ pupil personnel workers.

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