Count Me In Car Giveaway

Ernest Padilla Jr. accepting the keys to his new 2011 Toyota Corolla after winning the 9th Annual Count Me In! Car giveaway, Thursday, May 4 at the Field of Dreams Soccer Complex on Tashiro Road. The annual event represents the culmination of a year-long attendance initiative that awards one high school student with a car. (Pictured right to left: LCPS Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing, Las Cruces High School Principal Jed Hendee, LCHS Junior Ernest Padilla Jr., Vescovo Toyota CEO George Vescovo and Caliche’s Frozen Custard VP Javier Morales.)

Although thousands of students qualified, Ernest Padilla Jr., a junior at Las Cruces High School, was the lucky student selected in a drawing for a 2011 Toyota Corolla at the 9th Annual Count Me In! Car giveaway, Thursday, May 4 at the Field of Dreams Soccer Complex on Tashiro Road. The annual event represents the culmination of a year-long attendance initiative that awards one high school student with a car.

“We had a great turnout this year, and I was thrilled to see just how many students qualified for the drawing,” said Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing. “This initiative is a great way to help our students maintain good attendance throughout the year. I’d like to once again thank all the LCPS staff who helped organize the event and the event sponsors for their ongoing support.”

In order to qualify for the car giveaway, students must have maintained a 90 percent attendance rate in either the fall or spring semesters. Each semester, students can earn one raffle entry if they maintain a 90 percent attendance rate and two entries if they have perfect attendance.

The two-hour event featured: free hotdogs and frozen custard, an inflatable obstacle course, a photo booth, a DJ and a wide variety of games. The prizes which were given away at the event include: a $1,000 savings deposit, $200 gasoline gift certificate prize packs, a flat screen television, a laptop computer, movie passes, gasoline gift certificates, Beats headphones and LCPS Athletics passes.

All of the prizes were donated by the event sponsors, some of which also made financial contributions to help with the purchase of the car. The event was sponsored by: Vescovo Toyota, Caliche’s Frozen Custard, Pioneer Bank, Organ Mountain Outfitters, FirstLight Federal Credit Union, Pic Quik, Campos Creative School Portraits and the Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation. Support for the event was also provided by: Hubbard’s Music–N-More, the New Mexico National Guard, Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico and Riverside Technologies Inc. (RTI).

The Count Me In! attendance initiative was created in 2009 to coincide with the school board policy and regulation that deals with compulsory student attendance and graduation requirements, said LCPS Community Outreach Liaison Brigitte Zigelhofer.

For more information, contact LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren, pdahlgren@lcps.net, (575) 527-5808.