Christine Lee, NBC 5 Grand Prairie Reporter
The Grand Prairie Independent School District and businesses in the community treated perfect attendance students from Grand Prairie, Dubiski and South Grand Prairie High Schools with new cars.
Going to school every day paid off in a big way for three North Texas teenagers.
Grand Prairie ISD and businesses in the community treated perfect attendance students with a new car.
One winner was randomly selected from each school.
At South Grand Prairie High School, 450 of the 2,350 students had perfect attendance and were in the drawing.
"As you know we're state funded, and we have recouped $700,000 to-date because of students' perfect attendance," said the school's Principal Donna Grant.
This is the second year of the giveaway. But for the first time, Graff Chevrolet gave away a car to each of the three high schools in Grand Prairie.
Graff Chevrolet's general manager Kirk Frederick said the total estimated value of the prizes was $40,000.
"It's a fabulous treat; A life changer for some of them. It opens up new doors that might be closed otherwise," Frederick said.
Five names were randomly drawn at each school, and each of the five students picked out a key.
Only one key started the ignition of the Chevy HHR and the student who had the key was the winner of the new vehicle.
At South Grand Prairie High, that lucky student was 16-year-old Matthew Gilbert.
"I was like, 'What? Are you kidding me?' You know?" said Gilbert, who just got his driver's license three months ago.
The winner from Grand Prairie High School was Angela Salinas, daughter of NBC 5 receptionist Sube Salinas who said, "She's very, very happy. She's still in shock. Never in a million years would she have thought that she would win a car."
The tax, title, and license fees for the vehicles were paid for by the Texas Trust Credit Union.
The winners also received free Chik-Fil-A for a year and AirHogs season tickets.