In Dallas, Texas, a used car dealership gave away a 2016 Jeep Patriot to a high school sophomore with perfect attendance.
Faith Family Academy, a charter school, teamed up with the local used car dealership, Drive Casa, for several years. The partnership has created a competition where students with perfect attendance get added to a randomly selected drawing, and the winner receives a vehicle.
This year, five students were randomly selected to participate in the competition. Yet, sophomore Johanna Castillo was identified as the 2023 winner. Although Castillo doesn’t have a license, she strives to get one. Castillo told Fox 4, the local news station in Dallas, Texas, “When I heard the beep, I gasped, and then I saw the thing in the lights turn on in the car and gasped again.”
Ultimately, the CEO of the dealership, Mark Gallas, said it has improved attendance at the school dramatically. He also expressed, “The passion that I’ve seen here in the last seven years, and the support they give to these students, I want to shake their hand and give a hug to every person that works at this school.”
Additionally, the school posted Castillo’s win on FaceBook that stated:
“We are so proud of all of our students for their academic dedication and how they prioritize their attendance. We hope this car makes a difference in the lives of Johanna and her family.”
Earlier this year, in similar efforts, Riverside School District in Ohio gifted multiple students gift cards for their perfect attendance.