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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Helping The Schools

Way back when, I wrote a ton of different ideas for folks to do to help the schools of Hancock County. As I said before, these ideas aren't new to me, nor will they work ONLY for Hancock County. They will work for all the schools in the affected region. And with school letting out for the summer, I think it's the perfect time to start saving for the next school year.

All of the schools in the hurricane affected region will need assistance for a full 2 years. With no tax base due to few businesses opened or reopened, homes being wiped off the map, reducing the worth of the property to nothing, and parents with no employment options, the civil service sector - and the schools in particular - will need assistance until the tax base is restored.

There are 3 very easy options to help that includes virtually no extra money out. You'll need an envelope, stamp, scissors for 2, and a dollar for your child for the third. That's it!

#1 - Labels For Education - www.LabelsForEducation.com This is all different products including Campbells products, Pepperidge Farm products and Pace products. Just cut the labels or keep the tops of the different products to send to the schools. I put pictures of the different products in the orginal post:

The schools can purchase everything through this program - not just sporting equipment, which seems to be most equated to this program. Software, kitchen items, math, science, english, library, phys ed, special ed are all covered by the program. And everything the schools don't have to spend on is one more teacher spared, one more school staying open.

If you choose to go one step further, you can make it a community effort by writing a letter for the people you wish to include, or even a press release. The website has assistance for both. For the letter - http://www.labelsforeducation.com/createletter.aspx
For the press release - http://www.labelsforeducation.com/createnewsrelease.aspx

#2 - BoxTops For Education - www.boxtops4education.com There are literally hundreds of products to clip the little boxtop logo off of. General Mills, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Kleenex, Cottonelle, Ziploc, Old El Paso, Hamburger Helper, etc. The list is huge. Each box top is worth a dime. My adult family of 3, not using a whole lot, can save more than a dozen a month without even trying! Plus, the website has coupons you can print and use to help save YOU money while saving money for the school you choose.

And I'm sure a buck a month doesn't sound like much, but when you get a church of families working on saving, or an entire school system, the dollars add up quickly! You can also go to the website and enter different specials that assist the school system, and I know from personal experience I do not get extra junk mail in email or snail mail.

#3 - Art Felt Connections http://www.artfeltconnections.com/pages/1/index.htm
This is a great program! It allows kids to be creative AND help others at the same time. The program was created specifically for the hurricane ravaged coast and is doing GREAT work. It began as a program just for schools helping schools, but as interest has grown, it has been expanded for children of all ages, as you'll see on the website. Corporations, individuals, summer camp, schools, etc. can all participate.

The best part is, the assistance can be 3-fold. The first is the money raised through the art projects. This is sent to the school of your choice. The second is the art can go to the school you're assisting, to show a very visible symbol of support. The third is by using the art to create items such as quilt blocks, ceramic tiles, back packs, mugs, etc that can also be sent down.

Please consider contacting your town's recreation department to use this for summer camp programs, contacting your church to use it during vacation bible school, or as part of summer parties that always occur with kids around.

There are other schools, but until I can actually contact someone from the school, I am not comfortable putting their information out. As I do, I will post it and add it to the list. But until then, this is a good place to start!


Hancock County School District
17304 Highway 603
Kiln, Mississippi 39556
phone: 228-255-0376
fax: 228-255-0378

Bay Waveland School District
201 Carroll AvenueBay St. Louis, MS 39520
If you would like to speak to someone about our efforts, please call 228-467-4439.

Bay Catholic School (I think it's merging, but that doesn't lessen its needs)
Bay Catholic Elementary
301 South Second St.
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520

Our Lady Academy
222 S. Beach Blvd
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Attention: Connie Chevis


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