Cat is Only Student with Perfect Attendance
I think this cat has a better high school attendance record than I did. Bubba is the Marienthal family cat, and he’s been a member of the family since they adopted him in 2009. Like most cats, Bubba likes treats, likes being pet, and loves being the center of attention. But unlike most cats, Bubba has his own student ID, allowing him access to roam the Leland High School halls. Let us explain…
The Marienthal family tried to establish Bubba as an indoor cat, but he quickly made it clear to them that that was not going to be the case. Their house is near Leland High School and the Bret Harte Middle School, and while on his romps around the community, Bubba decided to make the schools a daily stop. For years, he has been a staple in classrooms, hallways, and sporting practices and other after school activities. Bubba gets along well with everyone, and is well-loved in the school community.
The students at Bret Harte Middle School petitioned to have a statue erected in Bubba’s honor, but the attempt was unsuccessful. Still, the effort shows just how great the impact of Bubba’s presence is for the student bodies. Bubba has been honored in other ways, through the high school’s newspaper, senior magazine, and yearbook in various years. But that’s not the only media outlet where you’ll find Bubba – he has his own Facebook Page! “People want me to get him on Instagram,” Mrs. Marienthal says. “I only have so much time to devote to my cat’s social life.”
While there have never been any complaints from any faculty or students about Bubba hanging around school, there have been a couple of bumps in the road. One unfortunate teacher made the mistake of bringing in treats for Bubba, and the smart cat now meows incessantly outside the classroom, waiting to be fed. One time, Bubba was accidentally locked in a classroom, but thanks to his loud meowing, a janitor saved him before long. Other than that, school has really been smooth sailing for Bubba.
“He waits for school to start, and he doesn’t come home until all the sports are done,” Marienthal says. “As long as he’s alive, I think he’ll hang out at the school.” 2017 is going to be a big year for Bubba – this will be the year in which he’ll have accompanied his first graduating class all the way through middle school and high school, and the Marienthals have big plans for him. “We’d love it if they let him do cap and gown in 2017,” she says. “That’s the group that’s been with him through Bret Harte and Leland.”
We think Bubba deserves that much, he’s had perfect attendance! SHARE this story with your fellow cat-lovers.
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