September 14, 2017 - Ferguson Construction has agreed to be the co-sponsor, along with Cargill, of the fourth grade perfect attendance program in Sidney City Schools. The partnership will ensure that any fourth grader who achieves perfect attendance during this school year is rewarded with a new bike at the yearend assembly.
During the first year of the program last school year, the number of students achieving perfect attendance tripled from the previous year. This year, the hope is to have a doubling from last year, which would mean a total of approximately 60 kids with new bikes to show off all summer. This would represent 25% of the total fourth graders in Sidney City Schools.
Both Cargill and Ferguson are committed to incentivizing kids to come to school every day. This enables them to have a better success rate in the classroom, as well as instill a work ethic that will carry through as they become the next generation of employees in Sidney and Shelby County.
Superintendent John Scheu has given his endorsement of the program, which has carried over to all the principals and the teachers. With their support and encouragement, this program will be impactful for a long time to come.
Carl Cartwright, of Carty's Bike Shop in Sidney, will continue to play a major role with the program. Carty’s Bike Shop is able to procure and assemble high-end bikes so the students are able to ride away at the end of the year.
As bike safety is a big concern, the Shelby County Health Department will continue to support the program by providing vouchers redeemable for one free bike helmet to each student with perfect attendance.
"This is truly a local community effort, with all involved pulling together to make a difference in the life of a fourth grader," said Mickey Hamer, Facility Lead, Cargill, Sidney.
“Ferguson Construction is extremely excited to be a partner with Cargill and the Sidney City Schools on this wonderful initiative. Our hope is that by changing habits at an earlier age, students will continue these high attendance standards through graduation and right into their future career choice,” said Mick Given, President, Ferguson Construction, Sidney.