Times-Herald partners with schools to raise funds
by Celia Shortt
In a time when school budgets are tight and their media and literacy needs are high, The Newnan Times-Herald has partnered with the Coweta County School System to help with both through the Cash for Class project.
“As a newspaper, we strongly believe in literacy and ensuring our students have a good understanding of the events occurring in their community,” said Times-Herald General Manager John Winters. “Coupled with that is the increasing use of social media in today's world. We continue to focus on print, but have strongly embraced social media as another way to connect our advertisers and readers. We are partnering with local schools to help them raise funds for literacy and social media programs within the classrooms.”
Through this partnership, each yearly subscription sold will bring $25 to the school of the school or family who sold or purchased it, and $12.50 for each six-month subscription.
Winters said reduced rates are offered to help as well. The price for a one-year subscription through Cash for Class is $115, regularly $132.68, and a six-month subscription is $57.50, regularly $77.04.
“We have only asked the funds be used for literacy and media-related activities,” Winters said.
These activities can include anything from more books for the library to iPads or computers for individual classrooms or the schools’ media centers. If it helps with literacy or anything media-related, it is eligible.
“We are participating in it because the newspaper provides a valuable service,” said Northgate High School Principal Bill Harrison. “We will use the money for our media so all the students can benefit.”
Coweta school officials are also excited about the scope of this project and what it could mean for the school system, schools, and students.
“Our school system appreciates our community partners such as the Times-Herald and their support for students,” said Coweta County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker. “We greatly appreciate community support for reading, literacy and media efforts, since this approach can benefit students throughout our school system.”
“The Times-Herald covers our schools and our students so well throughout the year, so their Cash for Class offer is particularly appreciated,” said Coweta County Schools Public Information Officer Dean Jackson. “This is a great way for our community to subscribe, keep up with what is going on in Coweta County and in our schools, and support students at the same time. It is a wonderful way to benefit our schools.”
Cash for Class has been going on for a few months and will continue through the end of the school year. Even though schools have been participating since the start, they still have another month-and-a-half-of-school to raise as much money as possible for their schools through Cash for Class.
For more information for Cash for Class, go to www.times-herald. com, or call 770-304-3373.