Calaveras County students in first through eighth grades can win cash prizes and the chance to be “Sheriff for the Day” by entering poster designs for Attendance Awareness Month.

The contest, sponsored by the Calaveras County Office of Education, Calaveras County Student Attendance Review Board, and Calaveras County District Attorney’s Office, is intended to engage students in promoting school attendance.

Students are invited to create a design for the 2017 Attendance Awareness Month celebration. Poster entries are due by Sept. 29 and should include the theme “Attendance Counts.”

The winning posters will be reproduced and displayed throughout Calaveras County. The grand prize winner will get the chance to be “Calaveras County Sheriff for the Day” and $150 in cash. Other cash prizes include $100 for the second place winner and $50 for the third place winner.

September is Attendance Awareness Month, a nationwide campaign to recognize the connection between school attendance and academic achievement. The campaign involves educators, students, parents, and the community. The public is encouraged to join the campaign to help spread the word about the importance of school attendance for student success.

For official rules and information on the contest, email Rene Malamed at