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The Stars Come Out! Knox County Schools Kicks Off Annual Coupon Book Campaign

The Original Knox County Schools Coupon Book kicked off its 2015 campaign at Carter Elementary School in star-studded fashion. This year’s book has 28 new merchants (two more than last year), 363 coupons (nine more than last year) offering the most savings ever: More than $11,000, including more than $1,600 in savings in Sevier County. The book is celebrating 27 years and is still just $10.

The Original Knox County Schools Coupon Book provides funds to meet school needs identified by parents, teachers and school administrators. The 2015 campaign goal is 160,000 books sold, which will net more than $1.4 million for classroom needs across the county. Since 1989, close to 4 million coupon books have been sold raising more than $30 million for students in the Knox County Schools.

The 2015-2016 coupon book is able to offer the most savings ever, more than $11,000, because of generous merchants in the community and improvements in the design of the book. The cost of the coupon book has never increased from the established $10, and because of continuing efficiencies in producing it, $8 from the sale of each book go to the school where the book is sold. Additionally, e-book subscriptions for all Knox County Schools’ libraries are funded by $.13 of the proceeds of each book sold, potentially benefitting every child in the Knox County Schools. Schools with greater economic need share $.70 from the sale of each book; the cost of printing is $.63 per book, and $.54 of the book’s cost go to cover administrative and student incentive cost. In all, 88% of the cost of each book supports students in the Knox County Schools.

Students and schools sell the coupon books during a two-week campaign, Sept. 3-21, 2015. Additional information, including a list of participating merchants organized by type of coupon, can be found at knoxschools.org.

Special thanks to the coupon book’s presenting sponsor U.S. Cellular, and major sponsors: First Tennessee, Junk Bee Gone, Rusty Wallace Automotive and Stanley Steemer.