Attention, high school students! Next time your cellphone rings, it could be rapper Nicki Minaj. That’s because schools across North America are kicking off a campaign where students will receive pre-taped wake-up calls on their cellphone from celebrities. For example, one hip hop star’s recorded message says “Hey, it’s Trey Songz. Get moving and get to school.”
Experts believe the celebrity calls will motivate students to stop hitting the snooze button, and get to school on time. Because these days, a record number of students are sleeping in, going to school late, or skipping it entirely.
And missing school has major, and potentially lifelong, repercussions. Educators say that absenteeism is the number one predictor of whether or not a student will drop out of school. In fact, statistics show that students who miss 20 days of school a year have a less than 20 percent chance of graduating. And experts say that even missing one day of school dramatically impacts learning, and makes students less prepared for crucial tests. Which determine everything from whether they get a passing grade to which colleges they get into.
Schools aren’t punishing absent students with detention or extra homework. Because that often backfires and causes kids to become even less interested in school. And instead, they’re encouraging kids to sign up for celebrity calls.
And experts say the wake-up campaign works. Schools who tried the program last year saw a 7 percent jump in attendance.
So, students, if you want a celebrity to wake you up first thing every morning, register with the site GetSchooled.com. It’s free. All you need to do is enter your name, cell phone number, the name of your school, and what time it starts.