Consider it a win for Avoca Elementary School.  

The school was this month’s winner of the Bristol Tennessee City Schools Be Present! Attendance Challenge.  

According to school officials, more than 500 students and staff met in the gym for a celebration led by Prize Patrol personalities “Roy G. Biv” and “Dude”.  

The school was awarded a check for $100, a traveling attendance trophy, roses and a large bouquet of balloons. 

As students exited the assembly, all were given a “present” made possible by donations from numerous community partners.  

During the ceremony, students also heard from celebrity guest Mayor Margaret Feierabend who congratulated students on their accomplishments and shared the important role “being present” plays for success in her life. 

Bristol Tennessee City Schools is placing an increased emphasis on attendance to educate parents and students about the important role attendance plays in helping students achieve their academic goals. This is the second of four challenge dates where one of Bristol’s seven schools is being recognized monthly for the largest percentage increase in attendance.  

The percentage increase of each school is 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.  

The remaining challenge dates are Thursday, March 28, and Thursday, May 2.