The local Pacific Coast League Champions, the Sacramento River Cats, sure are good to my school.
During the two weeks we spent doing standardized testing (no, it wasn't just testing going on), my class had perfect attendance. This was exceptional. One day one of our vice principals walked into my room and gave me a stack of River Cats tickets--two for every student in class, and three left over (presumably) for me. That was a one-day reward for perfect attendance, my class wasn't the only one to get such a reward, and the tickets had a face value of $17 a piece. That's over $850 just for my class.
All students at our school who had perfect attendance during the testing--and I believe we had over a thousand--will be getting ice cream at lunch tomorrow, compliments of the River Cats. Supposedly Dinger, the mascot, will be there along with members of the team. I'll gladly be helping serve up the ice cream for my students.
All the teachers whose classes had perfect attendance, well, we were put in for a drawing. I won a Boys Night Out at a River Cats game--6 tickets, admission to the Solon Club, and tossing out the first pitch! I think I'll just take my dad and my son, and let my son throw the first pitch.
The River Cats are apparently a class act--get it? A "class" act? Hahaha! Sometimes I slay myself! Anyway, they're definitely doing their part contributing to our school, and I want to give them a loud ROAR for doing so.
Update, 5/12/06 9:00 pm: I didn't see team members, but then again I was busy scooping ice cream. I did see Dinger, though, and got a handshake out of the deal. ROAR!