Hamilton County students are selling Kids First Coupon Books again.
For the next two weeks, elementary school students will be selling the $10 booklets with more than 200 pages packed with deals from local businesses.
This is the 32nd year of the initiative, launched by the nonprofit Hamilton County Schools Fund for Excellence, which puts money toward local schools.
Visit www.KidsFirstCouponBook.com or call 423- 498-7212 for more information.
The schools keep $7 from each coupon book sold, which pays for technology upgrades, art supplies, playground equipment, and library books.
The remaining $3 goes to the Fund for Excellence, and covers program expenses and the nonprofit's other projects and annual honors banquet.
In recent months, educators have lamented the lack of funding at the individual school and classroom level.
The school district allocated more than $1 million in additional funds for schools in the fiscal year 2019-20 budget and also moved to eliminate general school instruction fees for parents, but some district officials said more could have been done with the additional funding for public education shot down by the Hamilton County Commission in this year's budget cycle.
The program has raised more than $15 million over the past 31 years for Hamilton County schools.
The 2019 book features deals from auto repair shops, restaurants, and even buy one, get one free coupons for several local attractions including the Creative Discovery Museum, the Hunter Museum and Rock City.
In 2016, Red Bank Elementary School principal Haley Brown said the program raised enough funds to replace a worn out public address system.
Fund For Excellence is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity founded in 1988 to support public schools through fundraising and charitable contributions.
Contact staff writer Meghan Mangrum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-757-6592. Follow her on Twitter @memangrum.