The Knox County Schools has officially kicked-off its annual coupon book sale.
The top-selling students from last year’s campaign were recognized at the event held at BElle Morris Elementary School on Washington Pike Sept. 5. Belle Morris Elementary was chosen for the kick-off because Belle Morris Elementary students sold the most books last year. Representatives from the coupon book’s seven corporate sponsors – U.S. Cellular, Rusty Wallace Honda, Rusty Wallace Kia, Junk Bee Gone, Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaners, First Tennessee Bank and Comcast attended.
“The Original Knox County Schools Coupon Books” provide funds to meet school needs identified by parents, teachers and school administrators. Students sold 156,175 coupon books during the 2011 campaign representing a profit of $1,382,148.75. Since 1989, over three million coupon books have been sold to raise more than $26 million for Knox County students.
This year’s book includes 45 new merchants and a Sevier County family fun section, which features popular attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
The coupon books cost $10 with $7.90 going to the school where the book is sold. Schools with a high number of economically disadvantaged students share $.72 from the sale of each book.
Ebook subscriptions for all Knox County Schools’ libraries is funded by $.13 of the proceeds and another $.07 funds the “Schooled for Success” program, an eighth-grade career awareness initiative in each Knox County middle school. The cost of printing is $.63 per book. Only $.55 of the book’s cost goes to cover administrative and student incentive cost.
“The Original Knox County Schools Coupon Book” contains money-saving offers worth more than $10,000 providing discounts on fast food, fine dining, personal and professional services, as well as shopping and entertainment. Students sell the coupon books, which feature discount coupons for over 300 area merchants, in a two-week campaign conducted this year from Thursday, Sept. 6 through Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.