The Blount County Schools' Partners for Kids project has a strong twenty-nine year history of success and has raised millions of dollars for local schools. The program is designed to provide positive public awareness of education and recognizes participating businesses eager to support education.
The Patron Savings Book
The Partners for Kids' Patron Checkbook is a coupon book developed for area schools and is the most popular discount publication in Blount County. It consists of over 200 discount offers from area merchants. Participating businesses include department stores, restaurants, retailers, service providers, and various entertainment locations.
Those who wish to become patrons of public education by making a $10 contribution to the school of their choice, receives a copy of this valuable and entertaining book. The Patron Checkbook is available during a 10 day period this fall from over 10,000 students in the Blount County area. The schools anticipate distributing 20,000 books, raising $200,000 for the enhancement of local education.
Benefits to Merchants and Sponsors
Merchants and sponsors have the opportunity to place their names before the entire community through the Partners for Kids Patron Checkbooks. In addition, their names appear in over ten thousand full color brochures that go home to each family, and on posters displayed in each participating school, and in the media support from various media sponsors. In previous campaigns, merchants have documented significant increases in customer traffic and sales. Sponsors who contribute funds, products, or services, to make the project a success have further opportunities to increase their visibility and consumer appreciation. They interact with the educators and other corporate sponsors. Only a few sponsorships remain available. If your business can benefit from this additional exposure, you are urged to contact Partners for Kids as soon as possible. Both merchants and sponsors have the satisfaction of making a contribution toward the enrichment of education throughout the community.
Partners for Kids sponsors include members of the media who publicize the overall campaign and particular events which may involve other sponsors and merchants. Media involvement presents the theme of a total community effort, and encourages consumers to support the school of their choice, and not miss out on the valuable discounts and prizes.
Benefits to Education
The ultimate benefit is to education and the local community. The Partners for Kids Patron Check Campaign publicizes local education, putting it squarely before the public, and gives all the opportunity to contribute toward its improvement. At a time when tax revenues cannot address all the needs of our schools, Partners for Kids is a method of raising some of the extra money needed to enrich the education of our children. Education has become an essential element in the economic development of our community; from hiring workers who make businesses succeed, to producing leaders at every level of government, industry, and community development. Education is truly a total community concern.