Incentive programs provide students with educational tools, educators say

What also sets Beekmantown Elementary apart from some other schools, said Trombley, is students aren't required to purchase their own basic school supplies such as pencils and erasers. Through the school's Family School Organization, which serves as the custodian of the money raised through the incentive programs, money is made available to teachers at the beginning of the school year to purchase the supplies for them.

"It's very nice, as a parent, to not have to wait for that list to come home and go out looking for things," said Trombley. "Also, that way, everyone has the same things and there's no competition in that aspect."

As the state of the national economy remains in question and proposed cuts to public school funding continue to loom, programs such as the ones utilized at Beekmantown Elementary and other schools are very important, said Trombley.

"It's always important because school budgets are always tight anyway. People don't want to pay more taxes. I, as a taxpayer, certainly don't want to," said Trombley. "I would rather see things being utilized from my own home, that I've already purchased, helping the school versus having to increase school taxes."

"It's just getting people in the community involved and having them send them in," she continued. "When I hear parents say they've thrown them away or they just don't want to take the time to cut them out, I'm thinking, 'Oh no, you don't even realize how much these benefit the children.'"

To learn more about how incentive program can benefit students in your community, contact your local school.

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