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Aquarium Pass Recognizes School Attendance

School kids who get off to a good start in school this fall will also get to meet schools of fish face to face, thanks to the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. A free student admission to the aquarium is the reward for not missing a day of school September 8-17 in the Long Beach Unified School District. Each local student who attends the first two weeks of school this fall without being tardy or missing a day will receive a pass good for a day at the popular Long Beach educational attraction. To earn the reward, students must show up on time for school on Wednesday, September 8 and attend the next full week of school this fall to receive the special reward. Each student who attends the first eight school days will receive a free student admission coupon. Students must be accompanied by a regular paid adult admission, but one parent may bring up to six school children for free. “We are delighted that the aquarium is offering such an enjoyable reward to help our students get off to a good start in this important year of learning,” said Board of Education President Mary Stanton. “We are so fortunate to have one of the best educational attractions in the nation here in our front yard.” The popular Shark Lagoon is attracting thousands of visitors each month. Local students will be able to touch more than 150 small sharks on display at the aquarium. Larger sharks are available only for viewing, not touching. To earn the pass to see them, students must show up every day for the entire first two weeks of school and not be late. The coupon they will receive from their teachers after the second week of school is valid through December 17. “Dr. Jerry Schubel, president/CEO of the Aquarium, deserves our thanks for providing this gift to our children,” said Stanton. “This reward is something our students and parents really appreciate. To earn it, they need to be certain to get to school on time ready to learn.” This fall, school starts on Wednesday, September 8 for traditional calendar schools. Year-round schools start on Thursday, September 2. Any local student with perfect attendance--the first two weeks of school--will receive free Aquarium passes on Monday, September 20.