MOSES LAKE- Every year, Bud Clary in Moses Lake hands out bikes to K-5 students who have perfect attendance during the school year. The Perfect Attendance Creates Excellence program, or PACE, is now in its sixth year.
Students from 16 different elementary schools from Moses Lake, Ephrata, Warden and Othello receive bikes for accomplishing the difficult task of making it to school every single day during the school year. Bud Clary General Manager Jose Zuno says that this year they were set to hand out 135 bikes, the most in the program’s history.
"We team up with Walmart here in town we preorder them throughout the year," Zuno said. "W'ere trying to create habits as young kids... of wanting to go to school or work."
Several educators were there to encourage their students on their accomplishment. Longview Elementary third-grade teacher, Jessica King, believes a student’s attendance is invaluable.
"It's something to aim for and it's a great goal," King said. "The other kids see that as well."