>GHS would like your support for ‘Change for Change’

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Dear Respected Business,
The Student Council at Greenville High School would like your support for our community service project entitled “Change for Change.” First period classes will be competing on who can collect the most spare change: all proceeds going towards Greenville City School’s outstanding school fees which exceed over $160,000.00 at this time. The Student Council will be placing mason jars throughout the school and community, accepting monetary donations, and selling advertisements in the hopes that we can collect enough money to eliminate these fees for students who have need of monetary assistance.

In achieving our goal, we would like to offer you an advertisement, which will be placed on the back of T-shirts that Student Council will sell throughout the school and our community. The Student Council suggests the following to accomplish this goal. For $150 we will print your business’ logo in its own section on the shirt and for $50 your name will be listed as a contributor to our cause. The cost will go towards making these shirts affordable to our students which will get them out into the community: advertising your support of Greenville City Schools and our community. Along with the advertisement on the shirt your business’ support will be noted in articles of “Change for Change” in the local newspapers as well as recognition from the Board of Education.

We would like to thank you in advance for your support of Greenville City Schools and our children. We can make graduation possible for one hundred percent of our students with your generous involvement and make a larger impact for the lives of our students and families here in Greenville. Together we will Help All To Succeed. On Behalf of the Student Council and all students at Greenville City Schools, we would like to say, HATS off to you for your support!!!!

Thank you, Chris Mortensen – Principal @ GHS, Student Council Representative

Please remit name/organization, address, and donation amount to: Greenville High School, 100 Green Wave Way, Greenville, Ohio 45331, ATTN: Student Council. Please send your logo or business card to: cavalierclothing@hotmail.com.

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  1. #1 by Anonymous on October 20, 2010 - 2:15 pm

    >If the school board and the administration would balance their budget like all the households do, then you might not have to send your students to beg for money to balance your budgets. How lame

  2. #2 by Wave 96 on October 20, 2010 - 3:06 pm

    >hmmmm I like the idea, I just want to make sure of one thing. Is there a plan to eliminate from this ever happening again. 160,000.00 dollars is a lot in school fees, I just want to make sure that If I donated $50 dollars or even $150 for my business that this is a one time effort to terminate all outstanding debts owed by those in need of assistants.Thanks Wave 96 Terence Keaser II

  3. #3 by Anonymous on October 20, 2010 - 4:06 pm

    >Let me get this straight…kids will be able to afford t-shirts but can't afford to pay their student fees? Which administrator or teacher put this idea into the student council's heads? I need to pay the student fees because dead beats don't pay their bills? Forget it.

  4. #4 by Anonymous on October 20, 2010 - 4:46 pm

    >Here's a thought…why doesn't the school just stay within the budget given for each child and not have school fees? Why do we allow them to always go over by $50 or so? Free public education or not?

  5. #5 by Anonymous on October 20, 2010 - 5:21 pm

    >School fees is just another way of TAXING the people that have the money. School Board wake up!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. #6 by Cindy on October 20, 2010 - 5:45 pm

    >Anonymous – maybe its a case of I can't afford to pay my child's student fees while you can afford to buy your child a t-shirt. No one is saying that someone unable to pay fees will be buying a shirt. BUT the students lucky enough to be able to buy a shirt will ALSO be helping other students who can't.I thought it was a good idea overall. This way the students are trying to help support their school and they've left it up to the individual on whether they want to help vs. everyone getting hit with a levy increase some where down the road. The only question that came to my mind is where is cavalier clothing? I hope its a Greenville based business. We need to support our area businesses first.

  7. #7 by supporteducationorcommunitiesfail on October 20, 2010 - 5:52 pm

    >General school fees are a part of EVERY public school system-so get over that one, folks. I don't know about how G'ville handles it, but when students/parents have outstanding fees the school does withhold grade cards, diplomas, trip participations, etc. The problem is that many students/parents don't care, so they go on getting their education (which is still "free" public school) and just never pay….these are usually the same people that never pay for anything in their life as it is. That's how the school fees mount up. Persoanlly, I know a district near here that has over $200,000 in owed student fees. They can't tell the kids not to come to school, but getting people to pay their general fees can be a real undertaking.The student council is making an attempt to HELP OUT THEIR SCHOOL – which is the "job" of a student council. You can choose to help them or not, but for those of you that have already made comments that put down their effort need to re-think about what they are trying to do. Better yet, if you know of a family that has trouble paying school fees (or won't pay them for whatever reason)….help them out directly. If you don't know anyone, just call one of the buildings and inquire about anyone with outstanding fees that would need assistance….and take care of it quietly.

  8. #8 by Fact Bear on October 20, 2010 - 6:26 pm

    >I have the best idea. Why don't we use the proceeds from football games to pay the school fees. All proceeds from popcorn/candy/tickets can go to pay for the freeloaders. I say support our community!

  9. #9 by Anonymous on October 21, 2010 - 1:09 am

    >fact bear you need to get something straight, the proceeds from football games and soccer etc. are booster funds to support our student athletes which means equipment and so forth for the school not to supplement the people who continually bleed the system dry. I'm sorry more people don't care about their children but quite frankly I'm tired of paying for their laziness.

  10. #10 by Anonymous on October 21, 2010 - 1:49 am

    >Looks like this is the future of school funding.

  11. #11 by Anonymous on October 21, 2010 - 4:12 am

    >How many students equal $160,000.00 unpaid fees? What is the cost per student fee per year? If parents are able to afford pop, cable, cigarettes, alcohol, illegal drugs, etc. but are unable to pay for their children school fees then this falls under poor parenting skills. Why has GHS allowed this problem to go on?

  12. #12 by Anonymous on October 21, 2010 - 11:56 am

    >12:12…. you are right. Parents spend money on stuff they could do without, but won't give the money to their kids so that they can have a decent science lab, books, etc. GHS (or any school for that matter) doesn't really allow it to go on, there is just no way to really put a clamp on it because it is public education. The kids have to go to school. Fees are charged for certain items, but there are people who just won't pay them…. I guess they can go without seeing their kids' report cards, diplomas, or having them be allowed to participate in other activities (you may not play sports or be involved in extra-curricular activities if fees are not paid).In most cases, it is POOR PARENTING and lack of parents teaching at home. By the way, the fee costs vary from school to school, but most are in the $45-$100 range…and payment plans are usually available!

  13. #13 by Bill on October 21, 2010 - 12:14 pm

    >Probably the same deadbeats who won't pay their kids' school fees also voted against the levies. You know, losers, instead of buying cigarettes, lottery tickets, etc.,pay your kids' fees so I'm not being asked to subsidize you. Sadly, these are the same kids who never get a job or leave town. In the end, we're stuck with generations of deadbeats.

  14. #14 by Anonymous on October 21, 2010 - 1:03 pm

    >But what about that "1" child who wants to make something out of his/her life and cant get a diploma due the parents not be responsible enough to pay the fees? Why not post the parents names like the county does for unpaid property taxes? If some knew they were going to this I'm sure they would pay.Lisa Francis

  15. #15 by Lisa on October 21, 2010 - 1:17 pm

    >As a former teacher (in Miami Co.), I can tell you that trying to get people to pay school fees is a battle and a half! I can remember seniors owing $250+ dollars because they never paid a cent for 4 years, then when it came time to graduate, and the school told them that "you may not participate in the graduation ceremony and not recieve your diploma"…. the parents would show up, complain to no end, then write a check for the full amount. I saw it again and again, and of course, there were those that didn't give a rip either.I think the intentions of the GHS Student Council are in good faith, but perhaps a crutch as well.I could not agree more with Bill,7:56, 12:12 and 1:52. It's a problem most places, and I don't know the solution any more than you!

  16. #16 by Bill on October 21, 2010 - 1:58 pm

    >I like idea of posting the names of deadbeat parents–fathers and mothers, not just custodial parents–in the Advocate. Maybe a few folks could be shamed into doing what's right, although I doubt these people actually give a hoot.

  17. #17 by os on October 21, 2010 - 2:23 pm

    >Lisa-well said. It's a situation for all schools. Good for Greenville for trying to help. Don't participate if you don't want to, but some people will 🙂

  18. #18 by Anonymous on October 21, 2010 - 5:39 pm

    >We don't smoke or use drugs. Rarely play the lottery, and drink only socially. We are frugal. We also pay all the school fees for our 2 kids at Greenville at the beginning of the year…and we don't question it. It's part of public school this day in age. It's part of being a responsible parent. It's part of supporting the school system.I respect those folks that make the effort to pay, but those people that don't pay at all burn me up!It's nice to see so many here (except for the first few posts) being broad minded about the problem of un-paid school fees and the efforts of the GHS Student Council.

  19. #19 by Anonymous on October 22, 2010 - 11:15 am

    >I had planed to make a donation and even wrote out the check last night. But after reading the comment from Lisa 9:17 AM, I'm wondering if this school has a rule about paying their fees before graduating is aloud also? If so, what happens to the extra money then?Now I'm not so sure I should make that donation. You just cant tell where the money go's then.

  20. #20 by Anonymous on October 22, 2010 - 1:42 pm

    >7:15…you can always make your donation, but before you do – ask the student council EXACTLY where the money will go. I'm sure that they will clarify it for you. Lisa is correct, schools usually do have something in place for those who don't pay, but I also know that they will sometimes bend those rules if they truly have a hardship case. in any case, this school fee thing is tough to get a handle on. I think 1:39 is right, people need to be broad minded about this and realize that it's a problem at every public school.Just for the record, I knew a family at Beavercreek that owed over $400. They could afford it, but just didn't want to pay for whatever reason. Their son was not in any activities or clubs while in school because he owed fees. The only way the school finally got their money was when they would not release his transcripts when the he wanted to apply to college. The father thought about suing, but the son talked him out of it. Isn't that something?!?

  21. #21 by JM on October 22, 2010 - 2:49 pm

    >@Anon 715- It's widely known to students and parents that if fees aren't paid you don't get any 'extra benefits'. You can come to school each day and get educated. Grade cards, diplomas, walking at graduation, are things that are an extra benefit to an education. Those diplomas aren't cheap ya know.And fees can add up, it's not $50-$100 per kid, it's $50-$100 per kid per year, if you have a deadbeat parent each kid could owe over $100 by the time graduation rolls around.Instead of everyone tearing apart each idea and being pessimistic about it maybe we should support the kids and what they are trying to do. Or for that matter, even if extra money does go into the general fund or the student councils budget, you are helping your community and school. What's so wrong with that?Stop putting your heads in the sand and only pulling them out to complain!

  22. #22 by LC on October 22, 2010 - 4:34 pm

    >There is no doubt in my mind that the funds received will go as intended, to pay the "unpaid" student fees. There is also no doubt in my mind that there will be no "extra $" as balance needed exceeds $100,000. This fund raiser will be a fraction of that amount.I plan to support the Student Council and the efforts of these young people. To them I say "Thank you for wanting to make a positive difference."

  23. #23 by Wave 96 on October 22, 2010 - 11:38 pm

    >LC I love the comment

  24. #24 by Anonymous on October 23, 2010 - 2:50 am

    >When does charity STOP… and an individual's responsibility START? When does bad behavior stop being rewarded, especially when schools are willing to work with parents?President Kennedy once said "It's not what this country can do for you but what you can do for your country".

  25. #25 by Jeff on October 23, 2010 - 2:07 pm

    >10:50…you post a great comment, and I don't know what the answer is. All of here know that there are people that play any system (school, government or otherwise) for all it's worth. However, after reading ALL of the comments here, I see good people and I believe that the Student Council has their heart in the right place. So, I won't bash or question their efforts.I, for one, don't expect any handouts and I teach my children that as well. Like 1:39, we pay up.

  26. #26 by Anonymous on October 25, 2010 - 2:01 am

    >Bill who reads the Advocate any more????

  27. #27 by Anonymous on October 25, 2010 - 8:05 pm

    >9.03 am- posting names will no more get the fees paid than the endless calling which is waste by bill collectors in other areas.

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