Temple ISD awards teacher new car

Photo By: Chelsea Edwards

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A Temple ISD teacher was awarded a brand new car Friday for proving she will be there when her students need her.

The district held a year-long contest to win a new Ford Escape donated by Johnson Bros. Dealership in Temple.

Teachers and staff received entries into a drawing based on their attendance. The more they showed up to class, the more chances they had to win.

"We just thought this was a terrific opportunity to work with the Temple Independent School District and their employees to attain perfect attendance if at all possible," says Harry Adams, President of Johnson Bros. Ford Dealership.

On Friday, performances by the Temple High School cheerleaders were followed by the selection of three finalists from a lottery bin.

The ultimate winner was Debra Blankenship, a fourth-grade teacher at Ray Allen Elementary.

The dealership sponsors other district activities, but this is the first time in over a decade that they’ve given away a car. Blankenship says it will go to good use.

"My daughter just graduated from college, and she really needs a car, so she's going to be thrilled when she finds out," she says.

The administration says attendance has bumped up to over 96 percent since the contest started.

This is Blankenship's first year teaching for the district.