Mount Vernon Schools Honor Students With Perfect Attendance

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The Rev. Darren M. Morton, commissioner of the Mount Vernon Department of Recreation spoke at a ceremony for students with perfect attendance.
The Rev. Darren M. Morton, commissioner of the Mount Vernon Department of Recreation spoke at a ceremony for students with perfect attendance. Photo Credit: Mount Vernon Schools Flickr

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- The Mount Vernon City School District honored 340 students from kindergarten through 12th grade who had perfect attendance for the 2013-2014 school year during a ceremony on Thursday, April 10. 

The ceremony's guest speaker was the Rev. Darren M. Morton, commissioner of the Department of Recreation for the City of Mount Vernon who delivered a speech in recognition of the students' achievements and recalled his own experience of growing up as a student in Mount Vernon.

The students were then called one-by-one to the stage to receive a medallion, award certificate and a school supplies gift bag. 

"The Board of Education is very proud of the students who make a commitment with their parents and caregivers to attend school daily. We celebrate this achievement because perfect attendance demonstrates the motivation of a student to be  at school every day, and to overcome obstacles that stand in the way of his or her goals," Interim Schools Superintendent Judith Johnson said in a statement. "Thank you to the planning committee for creating a meaningful ceremony for our students and their families."

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What nonsense is this? The 2013-2014 school year is still in session for several more weeks, yet these students have been given "perfect attendance awards" before the year is completed! Just another example of a messed up school district.