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Aug 1, 2012 7:52 PM

A TUSD fee hike leaves students paying more to play sports

TUCSON- Tucson Unified School District is increasing their fee for students playing sports.

At $50 many students had trouble paying. Now at $65 the Educational Enrichment Foundation expects to see many more students looking to the foundation for a scholarship.

"When at least 70 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced lunches then you see this need. We know that if they applied for a $50 scholarship last year then they are probably not going to be able to afford the $65 scholarship this year," said Pam Francis, executive director of the Educational Enrichment Foundation.

Administrators see the benefit these programs have. Catalina Magnet High School's Athletic Director, Ken Harcus, says it's so important for these sports programs to continue.

"When you are on a team you are usually with kids that have the same interest. You usually hang out together. You usually make the right decisions together," said Harcus.
The Educational Enrichment Foundation says they will likely be able to fund every student this fall but more partial scholarships may be in the future. Students must pay the fee for each sport they play.

Harcus and the foundation are urging individuals and local businesses to step forward to support their community schools.

If you would like to make a donation to the Educational Enrichment Foundation you can send a check to 3809 E. Third St. Tucson, AZ 85716. You can also call the foundation for more information at 520-325-8688.

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