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posted Oct 5, 2011, 12:08 PM by Jacob Panik   [ updated Oct 12, 2011, 11:27 AM ]

Masterman Parents:

Here's your chance to help your children and the entire Masterman community. The magazine drive has begun! Students in grades 5 through 8 were given magazine packets today, Thursday, September 22. High school students will receive packets tomorrow, Friday, September 23.

Students should turn in internet receipts and orders from the brochure on collection days (Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20) to earn prizes. Masterman receives 40% of any sale during the year, but students are only eligible for prizes until October 20th. If everyone helps a little, the benefits can be great. Magazine funds help us to pay for trips, classroom materials, supplies for gifted ed activities, incentives and awards, National Academic League, Ink Drinkers, language clubs, Career Day activities, Health Fair, Mock Trial, our award winning high school newspaper, and much, much more. At our top collection, we've grossed over $60,000 with a profit for Masterman of $24,000, but sales have been down from these numbers the past two years. This year, we hope to go way beyond our previous record! Here are ways you can help:

Order magazines from the packet.
• Take the packet to work, the dentist / doctor's office, social gatherings, etc. Let potential buyers know that they can purchase new subscriptions or renew magazines they already receive, and Masterman benefits. The subscription will continue at the appropriate renewal date.

• There are great gift and household items online. Check them out, and encourage friends and relatives to do the same (just copy and paste "suggested email below"). See ordering info in suggested email below.

Questions? Contact Nabeehah Parker at Masterman: nparker@philasd.org

Thank you!

Suggested e-mail:

Dear Friends and Family,
(Name)'s school, J. R. Masterman, is conducting a fundraiser to help continue quality academic and extra-curricular programs. The magazine funds help to pay for needed classroom supplies, trips, awards, clubs, and much more! Masterman receives 40% of every sale. There is more of a need than ever for your support, since state and district funding has been cut substantially this year. Here's how you can help:
Go to: www.gafundraising.com
Click on the "Shop Now" button at the top of the page.
Enter the school's ID # 1052604 on the right under "Supporters"
You may enter the student's name, but it's not necessary. Students get credit when you email receipts to them, and they bring them to school. Click "submit" then "Let's Go Shopping." The rest is easy! Along with magazines, be sure to check out the burgundy "Browse Catalogs" box on the left near the top to access the gift catalogs. There are hundreds of gift items available - with everything from handcrafted jewelry and crafts (sales that benefit needy communities in underdeveloped countries - along with the 40% to Masterman!) to travel aids, kitchen items and more! You can even have magazines (or a voucher for the recipient's selection) sent directly to your favorite reader as a gift!

Thanks for supporting our school!!!