2/19/2013 - Discount cards help Buncombe schools
by Asheville Citizen Times
ASHEVILLE -- Gone are the days of school checkbooks and tear out coupons -- the Buncombe County Schools Foundation kicked off its countywide fundraiser Thursday with the new BCS Discount Card.
The $15 cards will have one-time and multiuse discounts for deals with businesses throughout Buncombe County. The cards can be purchased at any Buncombe County school or at the Buncombe County Schools Foundation, and all funds raised go back into schools.
Koontz Intermediate, for instance, hopes to raise enough funds from the sale of the discount cards to purchase an iPad for every sixth-grade teacher at the South Asheville school. North Buncombe Middle School hopes to raise enough funds to offset the costs of the eighth grade trip to Washington D.C. for its students.
"This fundraiser can mean the difference between having or not having items needed in schools," said Lisa Adkins, executive director of the Buncombe County Schools Foundation. "The community is always such a big supporter of our fundraisers. This gives us an opportunity to provide a real benefit to our supporters and drive patrons to thebusinesses that support us, as well."
The mission of the Buncombe County Schools Foundation is to establish partnerships with local individuals, businesses, corporations and other foundations for the purpose of supporting education in the Buncombe County School System. The Foundation serves the six school districts' 25,000-plus students as well as about 4,000 employees of the Buncombe County School System.