WHITE PLAINS, NY — With the new school year underway, Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino today re-issued his challenge to all Westchester County students in grades 6 through 12: Win a free season pass to Playland by earning high achievement in the classroom. Now in its fourth year, the Astorino Challenge in Education (ACE) is expanding the way students can earn a free season pass to the Playland amusement park in Rye. New this year, the category of student improvement is being added to grades and attendance. The three ways to win the ACE challenge are (one of the following):
· Final G.P.A of at least 3.8, 95% or A average, or better (depending on school’s grading system)
· Perfect attendance for the entire school year.
· Improve grades a full grade point, letter or 10 percentage point improvement from the previous year’s final report card (Final 2nd year G.P.A must be at least a 2.0, 75% or C average).
“We wanted to open it up to more students and reward those who might not have perfect attendance or an A average but still hit the books hard and showed significant improvement in their grades,” said Astorino. “Going from a C to a B or a 2.4 to 3.4 is achievement worthy of recognition. The whole purpose of the ACE challenge is to offer a little extra incentive to get our kids to strive to do their very best is the classroom.
Interested students who want to take the challenge can go to www.westchestergov.com/ace and register. To win the challenge, students will need to provide validation of their achievement from their school at the end of the school year. Children under the age of 18 must have permission from their parents to participate. The deadline to sign up is November 5th, 2015. Since its inception the ACE Challenge has grown in participation every year.
The free season pass to Playland will be good from the date of issue in June 2016 until the end of the season in September 2016 and includes free admission to the park and unlimited rides.
The passes are made available through the Westchester County Youth Bureau.