Veronica Mead, left, and Katelyn Peroulis hold up their fundraising packets Friday at the Craig Middle School library. Students at the school are selling magazine packages to fund efforts to bring more computers and technology into the learning environment.

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Veronica Mead, left, and Katelyn Peroulis hold up their fundraising packets Friday at the Craig Middle School library. Students at the school are selling magazine packages to fund efforts to bring more computers and technology into the learning environment.

CMS students raise money for technology

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Veronica Mead, left, and Katelyn Peroulis hold up their fundraising packets Friday at the Craig Middle School library. Students at the school are selling magazine packages to fund efforts to bring more computers and technology into the learning environment.

— Katelyn Peroulis, 12, and Veronica Mead, 11, know the best way to learn.

It involves lounging in the new chairs in their grade's collaborative space, gathered around a SMARTboard or a projector, participating in a joint lesson.

"It's just a fun way of learning," Katelyn said. "It makes it easier to learn than just sitting and reading a textbook."

But Craig Middle School doesn't have every piece of technology it needs quite yet.

To make up the extra funds to purchase new learning technology equipment, the students have been selling magazine subscriptions to their family and friends.

Students who choose to participate pick up packets and sell magazine subscriptions, gifts and DVDs.

The last day to buy a subscription for this year's fundraiser is Tuesday.

Veronica said the fundraiser has been an all-around great experience so far.

"It's fun," she said. "We get to go up to people and get them to help the community and help with our schools."

The national company that puts on the fundraiser, QSP, gives 40 percent of each purchase back to the school.

Katelyn has sold about five subscriptions so far, and knows she will sell more for her school's cause.

"It's a good fundraiser because people get stuff, but then they keep on getting it," she said.

"It's gift that keeps on giving," Veronica added.

CMS librarian Jan Prestidge said the program has been going on for about a decade, but this is her first year with Moffat County School District.

She said she has been pleasantly surprised by the amount of support the community has showed when it passed a bond issue to build the new facility and in continuing to support student learning by participating in the fundraiser.

"The community really supports this," Prestidge said. "This is big. It's very important, and it's even more important this year."

She said with looming funding cuts from the state, obtaining a few extra items for student learning will take even more participation from the community.

Principal Bill Toovey agreed that the student-driven fundraiser allows the school to make extra headway on the technology front.

"Sometimes we're able to get a few computers and few extra things out of it so we can stretch in those areas where it's needed," he said.

But the fundraising aspect isn't everything.

Selling magazine subscriptions also encourages people to pick up a publication and read, Katelyn said.

"People like to look at magazines," she said. "It gets kids and everyone to read, and that can get you ahead in school."

She said the selection offers something for everybody.

She and Veronica picked up subscriptions to Teen Vogue and Seventeen, while others might be more interested in ESPN Magazine, Reader's Digest or People.

Veronica, who has sold 20 subscriptions so far, said it's been a good experience to work on sales techniques and build self-confidence.

"If you're shy and you keep doing it, soon you'll just be able to go up to anyone and ask," she said.

Someday, the two students hope their classrooms and collaborative space will be fully outfitted with equipment and that there will never be a shortage of computers.

As a bonus, the students who participate will be thrown a party to celebrate the fundraiser.

While Katelyn said she's looking forward to the party and the prizes she'll win if she sells a certain amount of subscriptions, she didn't lose sight of the importance of her efforts.

"The best part of it is just helping out our school," she said.

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