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Coupon book sale begins

Knox County Schools’ annual school coupon book fund-raiser began Thursday, Sept. 18, with a kickoff event at Bonny Kate Elementary School to recognize top-selling students from last year.

This year two presenting sponsors, Pepsi and the Professional Golfer’s Association of America (Tennessee Section), have joined with Knox County Schools to expand the reach and availability of the School Coupon Book for 2008. Representatives from the books’ major sponsors, First Tennessee, hhgregg, Party City and Stanley Steemer, were on hand to help start this year’s program.

The book contains money-saving offers totaling more than $6,000 in value, providing discounts on fast food, fine dining, personal and professional services, shopping and entertainment. 

Students sell the coupon books, which feature discounts for more than 300 area merchants, in a two-week campaign that annually raises more than $1.5 million. 

The books cost $10 with $7.50 going to the school where the book is sold. Schools with a high number of economically disadvantaged students share $.75 from the sale of each book. $.15 funds Grolier On-Line for all Knox County Schools Libraries and another $.10 funds the “Schooled for Success” program, an eighth-grade career awareness initiative in each Knox County middle school.

The cost of printing is $1 per book. Only $.50 of the book’s cost goes to cover administrative and student incentive cost.

There are 48 merchants new to the coupon book for 2008. Among the new merchants in this year’s book are The PGA Tennessee Section, Coldwater Creek, Olive Garden and Shrimp Dock. The book also has many favorites returning for another year including Gander Mountain, Puleo’s Grille, hhgregg, Aubrey’s, Papa John’s Pizza and Calhoun’s.


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