The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus will give free tickets next month to students in the Cleveland school district who have perfect attendance. (Courtesy of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus)
By Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer
September 07, 2013
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Perfect attendance in the Cleveland school district this fall will earn students a free ticket to the circus.
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus will give a free ticket to an upcoming show at Quicken Loans Arena to any student that has perfect attendance from the start of school Aug. 19 through Oct. 14.
The offer is open to up to 20,000 students from kindergarten through sixth grade attending any Cleveland Municipal School District school. It does not include tickets for parents to go with their children.
“It’s important to get students in a routine of regular attendance at the beginning of the school year,” Michelle Pierre-Farid, the district’s chief academic officer, said in an announcement of the reward. “When you do this, you find that they maintain a good attendance record the rest of the year.”
“The incentive of a free seat at the Greatest Show On Earth is attractive to both students and their parents, and will help keep students in their seats as we begin the school year,” she continued.
Tickets will be good for performances of the Built to Amaze! circus at Quicken Loans Arena on Oct.23 to 27.
John McCauley a publicist working for the circus said its owners regularly try to offer promotions that help non-profits or civic groups in cities where the circus travels. In the past, he said, it has offered tickets in return for donations to food banks but chose the school district this year.
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