The 30th annual Kids First Coupon Book sale begins Friday. For two weeks, students in the Hamilton County elementary schools will be selling the nearly 200-page booklets that cost only $10 and feature hundreds of dollars in savings from area stores, restaurants, attractions and service providers.
During the past 29 years, the Kids First Coupon Book has raised over 15 million dollars for the Hamilton County Schools. Unlike other school fundraisers, Kids First is produced by a non-profit organization, and all of the proceeds stay in Hamilton County for the benefit of local schools. The
schools keep $7 for every book sold, and the money is allocated according to their individual needs to pay for things like technology upgrades, art supplies, playground equipment, and library books. The remaining 30 percent of coupon book revenue covers program expenses and funds other projects that benefit the schools.
Discussing the importance of the coupon book sale for his school, Barger Academy of Fine Arts Principal Greg Bagby said, ”One of the things I like most about the coupon book sale is that I can see the impact made, as the proceeds go directly into the classrooms from book sales.” Hardy Elementary School principal Shannon Braziel noted that the Kids First program has helped her school by enabling them to purchase technology as well as student incentives. “All of the money we earn goes directly back to our students to celebrate their success and foster a positive school culture.”
For more information, visit www.KidsFirstCouponBook.com or call 423 498-7212.