Wednesday was Count Day for Michigan public schools. Ninety percent of state funding is linked to how many students show up on Oct. 2.
Hit hard by declining enrollment, Detroit Public Schools offered prizes to students who showed up, including iPad Minis, gift cards and bicycles.
Schools served a special menu: barbecue chicken, baked macaroni and cheese, seasoned green beans, cornbread muffins and peach cobbler
Bunche Academy made Count Day a no-uniform day and scheduled a dance for middle-school students and an ice cream social.
One lucky DPS student won an Xbox. Nearly one in four students received a prize of some kind.