CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – More than 500 Clarksville elementary school students and their parents were invited to a party at APSU’s Foy Center on Saturday to celebrate the success of this year’s City Saver coupon book fundraiser.
The party included food, music, inflatables, video games, laser tag and more and was open to students who sold seven or more books during the campaign.
City Saver’s Tom Beach talked about working with the Clarksville-Montgomery County Education Foundation.
“We’ve got 500 elementary kids from all over Clarksville that are here today,” said Beach, “celebrating their hard work and raising money for their individual schools. This is the fifth year that City Saver and the Education Foundation have partnered to raise money for Clarksville schools, and we are just excited to be here.”
The program has been described as a win for everyone: Students get involved in the process and along the way they can earn prizes, such as Saturday’s party. Older students in the community had an opportunity to win Taylor Swift tickets. Local businesses get a chance to expand their customer base. People purchasing the coupon books save as much as 50 percent on goods and services. And finally the school system gets much-needed funding for ancillary expenses.
Candy Johnson talked about the foundation’s mission and the impact this program has.
“Usually we get anywhere between $150,000 and $200,000 that goes back into the classrooms,” said Johnson, “for things like technology, professional development for teachers, supplies – those things that are not always necessarily budgeted by the county.”
The amount of this year’s donation has not yet been determined. Delays caused by ice and snow have extended the sales drive a bit longer. Beach looks forward to a check presentation ceremony at Central Office within the next few weeks.