AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) — Aiken County Public Schools and SRP are teaming up to bring more money into the district while also allowing you to show your school spirit.
“Just by the daily things you do, you can still contribute to your alma mater,” Aiken County Superintendent Dr. Sean Alford told NewsChannel 6’s Shawn Cabbagestalk.
More funding for Aiken County Public Schools
“For them [students] to have a picture of what life is like outside of Aiken, South Carolina,” Dr. Alford said.
But in order to do that, Alford says, schools need more money.
“Many times we have fundraisers, our PTAs and PTOs really do a great job, booster clubs, sports, band booster clubs, those people work really really hard to provide the additional funding for students.”
Now a new program sponsored by SRP and the district will do that.
“You still want to show that mustang pride and you got an SRP account you can ask a no charge” can you change my debit card to a mustang card,” Dr. Alford added.
“Most folks when they think about their educational experience in the past, it is directly linked to their high school experience,” Dr. Alfrod shared.
A total of seven schools in Aiken County are featured. Others are also being added. Each high school has a customized card with their school logo and colors that earns the school system money each time the card is used.
Every time you use that card, from now until you lose it, or ask for another one a financial contribution is made directly to the school.
The program launched on august 1.
“Teachers back in the building for the first time … I’ve had about 5 of them open their wallet and said look I already have it,” Silver Bluff High School Principal Bert Postell said.
It’s helping to form well-rounded children in Aiken County
“Kids have such a wide desire to do different things so we want debate clubs, we want chess clubs, we want science clubs, we want to send those kids to New Jersey, Georgia, and Tennessee to compete and represent our community,” Dr. Alford stated.
Dr. Alford says the district wanted to make sure certain parameters were in place before giving the go ahead.
For everyone, especially students, a debit card will be issued instead of credit cards.
The district also wanted to make sure that the parents will be involved in the students are doing as well.
We’ve learned more than 1,000 debit cards have been opened since Thursday morning.