LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The University of Louisville football team, Mayor Greg Fischer and other local celebrities surprised Jefferson County Public School students Friday morning.
The pop up celebration was part of the district’s new campaign to encourage students to go to school every day.
Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts was the first stop for the campaign.
JCPS said 80 percent of success is all about showing up. Friday they brought out prizes and local stars to help share that message to students like fifth grader Elisha Garcia.
"I’m really hyped,” Garcia said. “I’m actually really excited to go to school.”
That’s not a phrase adults are used to hearing. However, JCPS wants to make that excitement a norm for everyone in the district.
"You have to stay in school to learn new things,” Garcia said.
JCPS is working on this new campaign with principals like Lincoln Elementary’s Susan French-Epps.
“Our goal is to have students come and not miss more than six days of school,” French-Epps said. “When they’re here they can learn and be successful.”
Former JCPS student and artist Jecorey “1200” Arthur did not have perfect attendance. However, he knows all about success. The Simmons College music teacher told the students no matter what your zip code is, ignore stigmas and reach for your goals.
“Figure out what you want to do when you grow up earlier than you should,” Jecory said. “It could really help you go a long way.”
JCPS students have big dreams.
“I want to be a brain surgeon,” Garcia said.
To accomplish goals the students are aiming for A’s on their tests and attendance. The district plans on having these pop ups throughout the year. It’s encouraging students to show up to school because they never know what surprises could be in store.