December 1 — 2:43 pm, 2009

Membership drive: A chance to connect

The Notebook is looking for 500 members.

By becoming a member, you join a community of readers who are passionate about the need for quality education in Philadelphia and want to be part of the conversation about bringing positive change to schools across the city.

The Notebook launched its membership program a year ago to build financial support and strengthen connections among people committed to making school improvement happen in Philadelphia.

The Notebook encourages readers to help meet the 500-member goal by becoming members now during the year-end membership drive.

With its expanded blog and website and its new, six-times-per-year production schedule, the Notebook has grown substantially in 2009. Seed money from foundations has made that expansion possible.

But to sustain this in-depth coverage in 2010 and beyond, the Notebook is counting on a substantial increase in financial support from members.

A basic membership – $30 for individuals or $60 for organizations – offers a number of perks, including the opportunity to receive each edition by first-class mail right after it is published. Members gain access to an online member directory, which facilitates connections with others across the city and country who are concerned about quality and equity in urban public schools.

Other membership levels provide access to additional benefits, including a premium gift and discounts to Notebook events.

See p. 31 for a membership coupon or go to www.thenotebook.org/join-us to sign up or for more information on why you should join.

The Notebook continues to distribute its free newspaper – 60,000 copies of each edition – at schools and community sites across the city. But publishing is not cheap. Even with a modest staff and heavy reliance on volunteers, it costs more than $60,000 to prepare, print, and distribute each edition.

Reader support is vital to continuing the dialogue. Become a member today!

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