Daily Post North Wales. 16/12/94

Reading, writing, McDonald's

A school is using burgers as a weapon in the battle against truancy.

Seventy-eight children will sit down to a meal at the town centre branch of McDonald's in Newport, Gwent, tomorrow - their prize for regularly attending lessons for three full months.

Staff at Hartridge High School, in Newport, and McDonald's in the town centre have joined together to give good attenders free vouchers which they can exchange for a Big Mac, fries, and milk shake if they have not missed a day for three months.

Since the scheme was initiated in September the truancy rate has plummeted.