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Hancock Middle School honored

November 12, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

HANCOCK - The 181 students at Hancock's middle school were honored Friday for having the best attendance rate of all middle schools in Washington County.

That attendance achievement earned the students a $250 check and an attendance banner from the Golden M Co. (McDonald's), according to Robert "Bo" Myers, principal of Hancock Middle-Senior High School.

A steady increase in attendance by middle school students in the past five years is the result of efforts by parents, teachers and students who are committed to education, Myers said.

"In the 1994-95 school year, attendance was 94.96 at the middle school," Myers said.

That figure climbed to 96.2 percent in the 1998-99 school year.

Myers, principal for the past two years, said he shares the honor with former principals Richard Martin and Boyd Michael.

But mostly, Myers said the credit goes to parents.

"It happens because we have parents who want their kids to get a good education so they get them to school," Myers said.

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The school's parent/teachers association and citizens advisory committee are strong and active.

"And communication between home and school is also a big factor," Myers said. If a child is absent, the home is contacted by school personnel that day.

Mark Levine, owner/operator of the Golden M Co., has been supporting the school business partnership attendance program since 1989.

"We are really excited and thankful to McDonald's," Myers said. "We'll use the money in a fashion that will improve attendance even more."

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