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Parent protests ads on school notebooks

September 28, 2000

Parent protests ads on school notebooks



Yvonne Hope, a Keedysville parent, is asking why some students are required to buy a homework notebook containing corporate advertising.

The back of the notebook entitled "the Classroom Connection" contains a half-page ad for Wal-Mart. There are ads for other businesses in the notebook, which also includes the student handbook.

Hope asked the Washington County Commissioners earlier this week why students must buy a book containing ads. Corporate advertising does not belong in the classroom and should not be mandatory, Hope said.

The commissioners promised to look into the issue.

Hope said she plans to bring the issue before the Washington County Board of Education.

Donna Messina, School Board spokeswoman, said the book is mandatory for students of some, but not all, elementary and middle schools.

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The book ranges in cost from $1.50 to $2 depending on the school, she said

The notebooks would have cost students $3.50 to $5.50 each without the ads, she said.

Some school parent-teacher associations supplement the cost of the notebooks, in some cases picking up the entire tab for students, she said.

Students who can't afford to buy the notebook are given financial help, she said.

- Scott Butki

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