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Attendance matters - and so do baseball and pizza!

It’s no secret that there is a connection, especially for elementary aged students, between chronic absences and academic achievements. By missing just 10 percent of school (that’s one to two days every few weeks) it makes it harder to gain early math and reading skills, develop relationships and, of course, good attendance habits. That’s one of the reasons Fredonia Elementary School has enrolled in the Arizona Diamondbacks Attendance Matters program.

  • Back row: Aiden Begay, Carrson Cluff, James Jones, Akacia Black, Paris Bistline, Tyren Begay, Adam Wilmarth, Omree Meng, Temri Hansen and Anbersey John.

  • Middle row: Zoey Palmer, Jacelyn Kimball, Olivia Brinkerhoff, Koda Uncasam, Dason McCormick, Aiyavee Shearer, Honor Meng, Emberlyn Wilmarth.

  • Front: Shondeen Nez, Journey Tom, Shauna Nez, Chadley Nez and Ruger Bistline. Photo submitted by Heather Russell.


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For the month of February every student who achieved 100 percent attendance received a free ticket to an Arizona Diamondback baseball game. FES had 27 students who earned tickets, and as an added bonus they will get to have pizza at the Fredonia park with Principal Yoder! Now these 27 students have the opportunity to go to House of Jump in St. George if they can make perfect attendance for March and April.


Great Job students, keep up the good work!

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