But a group of local car dealers thinks they’ve come up with an antidote. They’re offering seniors with perfect attendance the chance to win a car.
Elizabeth Grasswich with the Elk Grove School District says the contest has generated plenty of buzz.
"A lot of excitement at the schools. I think for some of the students it’s kind of unreal, the idea that they actually could win a car but I think come Friday, it’s going to be very real for them."
On Friday, 8 finalists, selected from a drawing, will try to start 8 cars at the Elk Grove Auto Mall. Only one car will start and the student in the driver’s seat will win a $20,000 certificate to buy a car. The runners up will each get a $250 US Savings Bond.