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In the know -- for a buck a month

Perham - Dent Public Schools, under financial duress, plan to market the school calendar differently this year.

The ten month school calendar will sell for $10. For a buck a month, parents and community members can be "in the know" about school events.

All funds raised from the calendar will be used first to pay for printing costs, then for parent communication technologies, building security improvements, and improvements to the PHS lunchroom, badly in need of modernization.

In the past, calendars were printed and mass mailed to all patrons on routes in the district whether patrons wanted a calendar or not. In addition, calendars were direct mailed to anyone requesting a copy.

The production and mailing cost exceeded $8,000.

The 2009-10 calendar sale includes a raffle drawing. Each person or business purchasing a school calendar will see their name dropped into the hat - and a weekly $20 drawing will take place throughout the school year. At the end of the school year, a final drawing of $549 will go to one lucky calendar purchaser.

School calendars will go on sale during the week of August 17. Calendars may be purchased in person at Fall Open House, at any of the school offices, or at the district office.

Please call 346-4501 with questions.