Emerge party rewards public school attendance

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Three guest joke with Hugo and a very large reindeer at last years Emerge Christmas party.

About 1,000 New Orleans public school students will learn the benefits of attending class every day during a special party for scholars with perfect attendance. The event is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Mardi Gras World (1380 Port of New Orleans Place).

More than 600 Recovery School District (RSD) students in the fifth through eighth grades who have perfect attendance for a year were invited to the event. Each of thos students is allowed to bring three guests, and each child who attends receives a gift. Party goers also can play games, enter Wii tournaments, meet and take pictures with Hornets forwards Al-Farouq Aminu and Carl Landry, guard Marco Belinelli and center/forward Jason Smith. Head coach Monty Williams and some assistant coaches also will be on hand, as well as Hornets mascot Hugo, the Honeybees and Santa Claus.

Emerge is an attendance incentive initiative for middle school students in the RSD, and the Salvation Army Greater New Orleans Area Command, the Hornets, Richard’s Disposal and other groups provide incentives (including passes to special events at the Audubon zoo, a Hornets pep rally and more), throughout the year to encourage students to attend school every day. The Hornets organization said in a news release that since the program began, the total number of students with perfect attendance for an entire school year has more than doubled, and monthly attendance has increased 14 percent.

The 2010 Emerge Christmas party.

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