Students smiled as they stepped off the buses to music and prizes at Rocky Mount Elementary School May 1. Parents smiled because they moved through the carpool line faster. School staff smiled believing the number of tardy students for the day would be less.
The smiles were thanks to Rocky Mount’s “Bus A Move Week,” designed to promote positive attendance habits.
The weeklong activity encourages and rewards students for riding the school bus. During the week, music played as teachers welcomed the bus riders with a different prize each day.
“By improving bus ridership, we hope to improve our overall on-time attendance rate and eventually our ranking amongst Georgia elementary schools,” explained Rocky Mount music teacher, Andrew Geocaris.
Rocky Mount held the school’s first “Bus A Move” week in January and successfully added about 45 new bus riders per day. By the end of the week, more than half of the 580-student body was riding the bus.
From the art and music teachers, media specialists, counselors and target and PE teachers collaborated to launch the “Bus a Move” weeks and other attendance-related initiatives at the school. Other incentives to promote healthy attendance habits included monthly awards to students with perfect attendance and recognitions of homerooms with high levels of perfect attendance.