Fifth Grade Teachers are dressing the halls and dressing up for school spirit to encourage students to have perfect attendance at Northeast Middle. This comes after Challenge 39, a county-wide initiative.
“We get funding from the number of students that we have during that 39-day period. We’re going to increase our attendance. We want students here. We’re going to get more funding based on the amount of time they’re here,” said Britney Pippin, Northeast 5th grade teacher.
Before students arrived this morning, teachers stepped in the box as if they were the characters that they were dressed as.
“Today is pop culture day. The fifth-grade team did Barbies. We have an array of different style Barbies from Rock and Roll Barbie to Birthday Barbie, The Boss, Ken Barbie. It’s a wide variety,” said Lindsey McPherson, Northeast 5th grade teacher.
“The great thing about Challenge 39 is it motivates the students to come to school and they get to have blue jeans on and that’s just one of the incentives that we do so that the students are encouraged to come,” said Pippin.
School teachers say it was all about having teamwork to make this possible.
“The fifth grade overall, our team, the comradery together is just awesome. It really brings us together and I think that it helps motivate the students when they see their teachers participate,” said Cathy Shoemake, Northeast 5th grade teacher.