Students at participating Mobile County public schools are selling tickets to the Greater Gulf State Fair to benefit their school libraries.
And students at all Mobile County schools who ace their end-of-quarter exams – by scoring at least a 95 percent on them – will get a free general admission ticket to the fair.
This is a new partnership between the Mobile County Public School System and the Grounds, which will host the fair Oct. 25-Nov. 3.
“This is a great opportunity to encourage our students to do well in the classroom while also raising some money for our school libraries,” said Rena Philips, supervisor of marketing and education partnerships for Mobile County Public Schools.
It is up to each school to decide whether to participate in the fundraising program.
Students at participating schools will sell armbands good for unlimited rides for $20. That’s less than the regular price of $25. From each sale, $2 will go back to that school’s library.
Scott Tindle, executive director of The Grounds, said that if every student sold at least one ticket, this fundraiser could bring in a total of about $125,000 worth of new books to the school system.
"We believe in providing resources that will encourage our students to strive for excellence,” Tindle said. “Our goal is to enhance educational opportunities for students throughout all corners of the county.”
While the fair may be known for its thrilling rides, shows and food served on a stick, it is also an educational experience. The fair features agricultural exhibits and work by local school clubs.
"As an agricultural awareness event, we believe we can make agriculture relevant to all citizens of our region regardless of their zip code," Tindle said.
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