“It’s a little bit different this year, but it’s still exciting because a student just won a car,” said Larry Seay of Seay Motors. “We’re super excited for Dylan Lindsey of Graves County High School and all the people that were entered in the drawing. They had perfect attendance (for at least one nine-week period) and there’s a lot to be said for that.”
The fourth annual drawing took place recently with fewer people than usual and no students present at Seay Motors’ showroom on U.S. Highway 45, north of Mayfield. The coronavirus pandemic required adjustments to the normal procedures.
“At the end of the day, what we’re teaching kids about attendance is developing a work ethic,” said Graves High principal Alison Gregory. “Attendance and going to your job every day matter. I tell kids this is your job and you’ve got to be here. There’s no substitute.”
“We’re really excited about promoting attendance,” Seay noted. “I know it helps the schools and it helps the kids, long-term. So, it’s something we want to continue. Nothing would make me happier than to have the parents and teachers and all that here today. Hopefully, we’ll get back to that next year.”
Gregory added, “These students have shown great work ethic all year long for being here every day. It’s not easy. I appreciate that at a young age, these kids take that to heart. I think 80 percent of these kids would work hard no matter what. Still, it’s always nice to have an incentive, a bonus added to it, and that’s evidence that hard work does pay off. For these kids who make decisions on a daily basis, I’m thankful that we have a community that supports that idea in both school districts. I’m also super excited to bring the car to a student at Graves County High School. This is the first time we’ve won.”
Seay concluded by saying he also is pleased with an addition this year to the student attendance promotion. “We got together last year and talked about something we can do for the teachers and other employees,” he explained. “School leaders actually brought up that perfect attendance for those adults is a big deal as well. So, we put this together with their help. It’s actually really exciting because we’ve gone to each school throughout the year and given away the perfect attendance awards for each nine-week period. That’s been fun in itself. Then, here at the end, a teacher won $1,000.”
Graves County High School student Dylan Lindsey (second from left) won this car from Seay Motors of Mayfield in a recent drawing. For the fourth consecutive year, owner Larry Seay and his staff gave away a car in a drawing among students who maintained perfect attendance for at least one nine-week period. Any individual student could have his or her name in the drawing up to four times – one for each quarter of the school year with no absences. Lindsey family members pictured, from left, include mother Jessica, Dylan, brother Zach, and father Jackie.