- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Shelby County officials are once again offering free bicycles to students who have perfect attendance during this school year.

In a news release, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich says students from 11 schools that participate in the District Attorney’s Truancy Reduction Program will be eligible for the free bikes.

This spring, 303 students were given free bikes, more than double the number expected when the program was first announced last year. Perfect attendance means no tardies, no early dismissals, no excused absences and no unexcused absences.

The Truancy Reduction Program was created to identify at-risk students with excessive unexcused absences and to provide assistance to students, parents and faculty to reduce truancy rates.

The Bikes for Perfect Attendance program is sponsored by the Hyde Family Foundation.

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