SEATTLE – If you can’t get your child up in the morning to go to school, maybe Nicki Minaj or Ludacris can.
Seattle is joining other cities across the country who are getting help from celebrities through pre-recorded wake-up calls as a way to increase school attendance. The service starts Wednesday.
The wake-up calls are from the nonprofit Get Schooled Foundation. The Seattle Times reports the calls are part of a larger campaign with the foundation, Mayor Mike McGinn’s office, Seattle Public Schools and the Alliance for Education.
The campaign, called “Be There Get There,” rewards middle and high school students with good attendance. Students with fewer than five absences per semester are entered into a raffle for prizes including bicycles and concert tickets. Elementary school classrooms with the best attendance each month can win a pizza party and the school with the best attendance for the year gets an ice cream party.
Seattle hopes to have 80 percent of students miss less than 10 days of school by 2013. That number was just 62 percent in 2009, reports The Seattle Times.