Aquarium Offers Incentive for School Attendance

When school opens September 3, students who get off to a good start with excellent attendance will be rewarded. The Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific is giving a free admission pass to each student in the Long Beach Unified School District who attends the first week of school this fall without being tardy or missing a day. The pass is good for a day visit to the popular sealife attraction. Students who show up for school on Wednesday, September 3 and attend the first full week of school will receive the reward. Each student who attends the first five school days will receive a student admission pass. Students must be accompanied by a regular paid adult admission, but each parent may bring up to six children for free. The pass is valid for one visit through December 21. “This generous gift encourages our students to start school on time,” said Board of Education President Bobbie Smith. “We are so fortunate to have this reward from one of the finest educational attractions in the nation right here in our front yard on the Pacific Rim. “Our students really love it. But to earn the free pass, they must be sure to get to school for the crucial first week.” The Shark Lagoon now attracts thousands of visitors each month. Students will be able to touch more than 150 small sharks on display at the aquarium. Larger sharks are for viewing only, not touching. All students need to do to earn the pass to see them is show up every day for the entire first week of school and not be late.