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U-T for Free for a Year? Helix Charter High School Touts Nickel Subscriptions

College For Me program would benefit from U-T donations—$10 per new adult subscriber.

Helix Charter High School hopes to make $10,000 via a subscription drive with U-T San Diego—which is offering the paper five days a week for a year essentially for free.

According to the Helix website, new adult subscribers can get Wednesday-through-Sunday delivery for 52 weeks—for 5 cents. Deadline to sign up is Oct. 24—extended from the original Oct. 17* deadline.

The school said the U-T would donate $10 for every qualified subscriber, and the school’s goal is 1,000 subscribers. Helix’s College For Me program would be the beneficiary.

Cathy Singer, a student guidance counselor at Helix, “will buy a sweatshirt from the college of your choice for the student who brings in the most valid subscriptions,” the site says.

Among other things, College For Me takes dozens of students on campus tours.

In March, according to the school, 50 boys and 50 girls and staff were to take “a 6-day trip to tour colleges/universities throughout California. This activity supports Helix’s mission to prepare all students for the opportunity to attend college following graduation.”

Amanda Ecoff, business developoment coordinator in U-T San Diego’s Newspaper in Education program, said more than 50 schools and nonprofits in San Diego County have either joined the nickle-subscription program, taken part in the program or are about to be involved in the program.

Ecoff declined to give a list of schools and nonprofits taking part, and said participants were told not to promote the drive via social media, such as Twitter and Facebook.

The U-T normally offers Thursday-through-Sunday subscriptions for $4.99 a week on the automatic monthly payment plan, according to a phone representative. The daily U-T newsstand price is $1, but $2 on Sundays.

Helix’s 5-cent subscription form is attached to this article.

The U-T’s Ecoff says schools or nonprofits that want more information on the subscription program can reach her at amanda.ecoff@utsandiego.com.

*Editor's note: The original deadline was mistyped in an earlier version of this report.

Micki Stockalper Plummer October 16, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Grossmont High School also has this program in effect through the end of October, by the way.
Ken Stone October 16, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Amanda Ecoff told me every high school in San Diego County was invited to be involved in this program. But she wouldn't share the names of the schools partnering with the U-T.
Al Owens October 17, 2012 at 01:12 AM
The Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL) is also partnering with the U-T on this project. PAL provides sports and education programs for youths. For more information about this program contact Sgt. Owens at Escondido PD
Stuart Strenger October 17, 2012 at 07:36 PM
The only downside to this deal is that you're stuck reading what is doubtlessly among the worst newspapers in the U.S.
Barbara October 17, 2012 at 09:12 PM
If we want to subscribe through this program, do we contact the school, or can we just use the form and send it in? (with taped nickles, of course)
Micki Stockalper Plummer October 17, 2012 at 09:22 PM
For Grossmont, you can just use the form that is specific to our school and send it in to: P.O. Box 1043, La Mesa, CA 91944-1043. Our program goes through November 2. It is a good deal!
Jenna Zeledon October 17, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Who is the school's group representative that should be listed? The form is blank and I didn't see a specific mention in the article aside from Cathy Singer being affiliated with the program.
Micki Stockalper Plummer October 17, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I can only answer for Grossmont -- the organization is the Grossmont Foundation and the group representative is Stacey Leichtamer.
Things I Learned October 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZzEzDkeHzI
P.A. October 17, 2012 at 10:46 PM
You may contact Cathy Singer, Counselor at Helix (csinger@helixcharter.net) or use the link on the Helix Charter High School webpage (http://www.helixcharter.net/). Thank you to all of La Mesa for your support of our high schools. Whether Helix or Grossmont (or other schools that are participating) - all kids benefit!
Micki Stockalper Plummer October 17, 2012 at 10:53 PM
P.A. thanks, so true. Grossmont contact is foothillerfoundation@gmail.com and our website is http://www.foothillerfoundation.com. This is an easy way to support your home school or the school you attended.

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