Attaining perfect attendance at school can not only fill a mind, it can also fill a belly.
A group of 28 Marshalltown High School students were honored Wednesday at the high school with a certificate and they also received a free meal voucher for the Tremont.
Owners of the Tremont, Jennifer and J.P. Howard, were present at MHS during the recognition ceremony for perfect third quarter attendance.
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Tremont owners, J.P., left, and Jennifer Howard, presented Marshalltown High School perfect attendance students with certificates for free meals at the Tremont during a recognition ceremony Wednesday at the school.
J.P. Howard knows the importance of perfect attendance in the food service industry, so he came up with the idea to honor students who display that dedication at school.
"It's really important to have dependable people," J.P. Howard said. "It means something to show up."
He said perfect attendance shows that the students are dependable, loyal and hard working.
"This is a good litmus test," Howard said.
Howard worked with Dan Terrones, MHS dean of students, with this idea to honor the dedicated students.
"We're very proud of them," Terrones said.
MHS student Jonathan Kirner said it was nice to be recognized with the award and meal.
"I hope it will encourage more students to get perfect attendance," Kirner said.
Another group of more than 40 perfect attendance students will be honored with a free meal from the Tremont in a ceremony next week at the high school.