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FPS turns to eBay for fund-raising

Farragut Primary School wants to help Farragut residents clean out their closets.

The eight members of the FPS technology committee want to raise $10,000 for computer equipment for teachers and students, and are asking parents and community members to search for eBay-worthy items in the attic, garage or closet.

The tax-deductible donations can be brought to FPS Jan. 23-27, or can be taken directly to iSold It in Turkey Creek during the same time period.

Patrice Olson, committee chairperson, said that one-third of FPS teachers do not have a laptop to use for recordkeeping, PowerPoint programs, e-mail and other functions. Students are in need of computers, too, because outdated desktops need to be replaced.

“We’re raising money for computers, cables, printers and software,” Olson said. She explained that installing software at school costs more than one might think because the school has to purchase the software license so it can be installed on multiple machines.

The technology committee helps teachers by rolling the laptop cart into the classroom and placing laptops on students’ desks. KidPix, a software program that the kids look forward to using, allows teachers to reinforce important curriculum. Committee volunteers stay in the room assisting students while the teacher conducts the lesson.

“By second grade we’re having them type paragraphs,” Olson said.

For the first time this year, the Accelerated Reader testing program is now available right in the classroom. Students used to have to go to the library to take a test over a book they read.

The school is being helped in its fund-raising effort by iSold It franchise owner, Jackie Jacobs, who has a child at FPS herself. Jacobs is reducing the cost normally associated with selling an item online. iSold It will take care of the entire selling process, making it easy for FPS to raise money. The only requirement is that items have a $30 value.

“We’ll have a representative from iSold It there [in the school lobby] to help determine the value,” Olson said. She said the committee is encouraging people to take items directly to the store.

iSold It is a national franchise that was started in California by a mother who was helping her school raise money by putting items on eBay. iSold It specializes in helping schools raise money by reducing the service charge.

The committee offers suggestions for possible donations and donors will receive a receipt when the item sells. The committee plans to recognize benefactors by putting their names on a “Wall of Recognition” at the school.


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