FLINT TWP. — In a supplemental fundraising efforts, Swartz Creek schools have created a coffee shop through a partnership with the Coffee Beanery to sell its coffee and cappuccino during school hours, according to a quarterly report to the Flint Township Board, on how the district spends its Public, Educational or Governmental (PEG) funds.
Three or four times a year, the township dispenses funds to Swartz Creek, Carman- Ainsworth and Flushing schools, under an agreement with Comcast Cable to return a percentage of franchise fees to the community for public access TV programs. Each school district is required to submit quarterly written reports to the township board on how the money is spent.
The last PEG disbursement of $16,000 total was sent to the districts in December. Swartz Creek recently submitted its report to be eligible for the next disbursement.
This semester, Swartz Creek has 71 students in two sections, five independent study hours and five students who work in the coffee shop, according to the quarterly report from Benjamin Gillett, visual/video communication instructor at SC high school.
To supplement the most recent $4,000 PEG grant, in addition to the coffee shop, students also sell popcorn during lunch hour on Fridays, Gillett said. Fundraisers brought in an additional $3000 that was used for equipment repairs and software purchases, he said.
PEG funding was used to produce 4-5-minute daily broadcasts of the Into the Creek news show, created completely by students in the video communications course. Archives of the show can be viewed at creekvideo.wordpress.com.
Students also filmed and livestreamed several events including the 2017 Academic Awards Ceremony which was sent to Comcast to fulfill a PEG funding requirement, Gillett said.