April 7 — 12:48 pm, 2010

Notebook membership drive tops 200

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The Notebook’s 2010 membership drive surpassed the 200-member mark in March. Thanks to the individuals and organizations responding so far. Through March 19, they had contributed more than $19,000 in support.

But we still need many readers who have never before given to the Notebook to join the organization and help us achieve the ambitious goal of 500 members in 2010.

If you haven’t yet joined, we ask you to become a member today.

The Notebook launched its membership program a year ago as a key component of a three-year expansion plan. That plan included increasing from four to six print editions a year and redesigning the paper with more color. The free print circulation is now up to 60,000 copies, available at schools, libraries, and other sites throughout the city.

Reporters and bloggers on our completely revamped website have been pushing the education debate in Philadelphia – breaking important stories, helping to set the agenda, and influencing the coverage of the daily newspapers. Our site has become an important community for comment and discussion.

Grants and advertising dollars alone aren’t adequate to pay for this expanded activity. The Notebook depends on several other revenue streams, including memberships and an annual end-of-school-year fundraising event. It costs more than $60,000 to produce and distribute each edition of the Notebook.

A basic membership – $30 for individuals or $60 for organizations – offers a number of perks, including the opportunity to receive each edition promptly by first-class mail. All members gain access to an online member directory, connecting them with Notebook readers across the city and country.

Other membership levels provide access to additional benefits, including premium gifts and discounts to Notebook events. Whatever the level, you’ll find yourself part of a community of supporters who share a deep commitment to quality public education in Philadelphia.

Your support allows us to do the work of getting you reliable information on the important events and the policy changes going on in the School District. Won’t you help us continue that work?

Thank you!

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