The 27th annual Kids FirstCoupon Book sale runs September 5-19. Students in all Hamilton County elementary schools will be selling the nearly 200-page booklets that cost only $10 and feature thousands of dollars in savings from area stores, restaurants, attractions and service providers.
During the past 26 years, the Kids First Coupon Book has raised nearly 14 million dollars for the Hamilton County Schools. Unlike other school fundraisers, Kids First is produced in-house by a non-profit organization, and all of the proceeds stay in Hamilton County for the benefit of local schools. The schools keep $7 for every book sold, and the money is allocated according to their individual needs to pay for such things as technology upgrades, instructional materials, playground equipment, and educational field trips. The remaining 30 percent of coupon book revenue covers production expenses and funds other programs that benefit the schools.
The Hamilton County Schools Fund for Excellence was established in 1988, under the leadership of the superintendent, by a group of service minded community leaders who understood the value of a strong public education system. The organization’s mission is to improve the quality of education within the Hamilton County public school system by providing support in the form of fundraising opportunities, scholarships, recognition awards, and other charitable means.
Classified as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, all proceeds generated from the Kids First Coupon Book and other fundraisers remain in Hamilton County for the benefit of local public schools. The Fund for Excellence is governed by a board of directors comprised of retired educators, community leaders, and business executives. A staff of two oversees daily operations of the foundation.