Be Present! Fairmount
Fairmount Students Measure Up to the Final Challenge
Posted on 05/10/2019
Principal Kelli Campbell Leads Students in Big Celebration

Fairmount Elementary School students were the big winners on May 10 as the Be Present! Prize Patrol rolled up in the middle of Field Day at the school’s neighboring First Presbyterian Church on the final date of Bristol Tennessee City Schools Be Present! Attendance Challenge!

More than 450 students, staff, and parents celebrated the victory with Prize Patrol personalities Roy G. Biv and Dude. The school was awarded a check for $100, a traveling attendance trophy, flowers, and a large bouquet of balloons! Following the celebration, all students were given a “present” made possible by donations from numerous community partners.

During the ceremony, students also heard from celebrity guest Cade Mitchell, a Tennessee High School senior, who has been present every day throughout his school career. In addition to perfect attendance, Mitchell also holds a 4.0 GPA, achieved a 30 on his ACT, was voted Best All Around and Most Athletic by his senior class, and is a four-sport standout. Mitchell congratulated students on their win and shared the important role “being present” plays for success in his life, especially athletics.

Cade Mitchell and Matt Chandler
THS Student Cade Mitchell with Coach Matt Chandler

"I just want you to strive to keep coming to school every single day!" 

Cade Mitchell

 “I love sports! I play four of them,” Mitchell said. “When you get to high school, it’s important that you are present when you play sports. If you don’t get to practice, you don’t get to play. Matter of fact, if you don’t go to school that day, they won’t even let you practice. Furthermore, whenever you guys get to high school, and you guys are going to graduate and go to college and get jobs, you’re going to be expected by your boss to show up each and every day just like you are in school. I just want you to strive to keep coming to school every single day.”

Bristol Tennessee City Schools placed an increased emphasis on attendance this year to educate parents and students about the important role attendance plays in helping students achieve their academic goals. This was the final of four challenge dates where one of Bristol’s seven schools was recognized for the largest percentage increase in attendance. The percentage increase of each school was calculated by comparing the school’s attendance rate on the challenge day with the attendance rate on the same day of the previous year. Tennessee High School was the first winning school, Avoca Elementary School won the second challenge, and Holston View Elementary School won the third challenge.

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