Red Sox and Boston Public Schools have partnered on an initiative that will allow middle and high school students to receive wake-up calls from David Ortiz in an attempt to fight chronic absenteeism. Here's the recording of Big Papi's voice that will play when kids answer their cell phones in the morning:
I think this is a great idea that's really easy to implement with hardly any overhead cost, so there's nothing to lose. But, I'm also not sure how effective it'll be long-term. I think the first day Papi called me I'd be pumped and jump right out of bed. (Which is why Seinfeld could've really used this to help out Jean-Paul):
However, by Week 2 I'm not even answering the phone anymore. Here's an idea for BPS: Try to get as many celebs (or even quasi-celebs like local news people, etc.) as possible to volunteer, then switch up the person who calls on a regular basis. I bet students would be a lot more eager to listen to the recording if it was a surprise who they might hear.