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Published October 06, 2009, 08:57 AM

Perham Pride bumper stickers help with school finances

Perham, Minn. (WDAY TV) - The financial struggle in Perham Schools is growing. All budgets have been frozen, but as a result it appears community spirit is also growing. It might just be that spirit that'll dig the district out of the red.

By: Kelsey Soby, WDAY

Perham, Minn. (WDAY TV) - The financial struggle in Perham Schools is growing. All budgets have been frozen, but as a result it appears community spirit is also growing. It might just be that spirit that'll dig the district out of the red.

“It’s just a way to advertise that we love our community.”

Spots of yellow are popping up in Perham parking lots and streets. It's not your typical yellow jacket pride. It's, simply Perham pride, but it is raising money for the school.

“It just was a thing that came to me and summed it all up.”

Marion got the idea after reading an article saying a family left her beloved town, because of school funding cuts.

“There's a huge impact on the whole community when that type of thing happens, not to mention. Children are our future and its our responsibility to make sure they have the best possible education.”

Marion doesn't even have kids, but she and her husband are trying to sell 25-hundred stickers for 5 dollars a piece, and plan to match the amount raised. The hope is to give a 25-thousand dollar check to the district for whatever it needs.

“The need is everywhere for our district, because we've frozen our supply budgets we really have looked hard at what most critical for.”

She says that's science equipment for high schoolers, library books for elementary students, and computers at the middle school

“Teachers are screaming for that technology, just begging for it.”

Following a failed 695 per pupil levee referendum Perham-Dent Superintendent Tamera Uselman says the district is desperate. A cheaper and shorter referendum goes to vote this November.

“Up to a 25-thousand dollars gift will help stretch that small levee out.”

And if you're not a fan of bumper stickers in general, good news, this is actually a magnet, so you can have an idea sticks without it actually sticking to your car. You can pick up a Perham pride bumper sticker at several Perham locations, including Dean's Grocery Store and the Chamber of Commerce.

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