UNION GAP, WA. -- Children normally get gold stars as a reward for good work in school. But Bud Clary Toyota in Union Gap stepped it up a notch Saturday afternoon. Workers hosted their second annual Perfect Attendance Creates Excellence celebration.
Hard work paid off in the form of a new bike for Yakima Valley students Saturday. Even though school is out, students rode off with a little bit more pride in their schoolwork.
Bikes, bikes and more bikes. Everywhere you looked there were bikes. Some for young kids, other for big kids. There were girl bikes, boy bikes, hundreds of bikes!
"Of course every kid wants a bike," Robbie Bustos said. "It's the beginning of summer they want to be outside and play."
What these students had to do to earn these bikes was pretty impressive. During the course of the school year, they had to go to school everyday, for the entire day, during the entire year. That means no sick days, no vacations and zero, "mom i just don't want to go," days. Can you say that about your attendance at work?
"They get to earn something on their own," Bustos said. "So it teaches them to have a goal and to meet their goal. To be responsible for it every day on their own and in the end they can earn something."
Nearly 500 bikes were given away to kids with perfect attendance. First they picked out which bike suited them. Then they were equipped with the proper safety equipment and they were off, full of pride.
"I'm proud of myself because I earned it," Olivia said.
"What are you going to do with the bike?" we asked. "Ride it to the park!" she exclaimed.
"He really earned it," Rob Mauch said. "He knew the whole year this is what he wanted to do and even though he has a bike at home, this is what he really wanted. So he worked hard for it."
Now when mom says stay in school, you better listen, because you could earn a new ride. And who doesn't want that?
This is only the second year of the PACE program and 17 schools participated. Toyota hopes it can grow to represent the entire valley.