Knox County Schools kicked off their annual coupon book sale on Thursday.
The books, which are sold for $10 dollars, provide funds to meet school needs identified by parents, teachers and school administrators.
Students sold 150,838 coupon books during the 2010 campaign representing a profit of $1,319,832.50. Since 1989, over 2.8 million coupon books have been sold to raise nearly $25 million for Knox County students.
This year's book includes 50 new merchants and an expanded Sevier County family fun section, which features popular attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. It features discount coupons for over 300 area merchants.
$7.80 of the $10 purchase prices gorice goes to the school where the book is sold. Schools with a high number of economically disadvantaged students share $.70 from the sale of each book.
Encyclopedia Britannica On-Line for all Knox County Schools' libraries is funded by $.13 of the proceeds and another $.12 funds the "Schooled for Success" program, an eighth grade career awareness initiative in each Knox County middle school.
The cost of printing is $.65 per book. Only $.60 of the book's cost goes to cover administrative and student incentive cost.
Students will sell the coupon books through Sept. 26.