Monday, June 27, 2011
Carrollopoly in Works to Raise Scholarship Funds
Carroll County is about to become the basis for Carrollopoly, a fund-raising board game that allows players to buy different businesses on the board.
The game is a fund-raising effort by the Carroll County Constitutional Officers to raise money for scholarships.
“We’re trying to give scholarships to GED students,” said Carroll County Tax Commissioner Vickie Bearden. “They’re going to raise the fee and people who don’t have a job are having trouble coming up with the fee now.”
The state had planned to increase the cost of taking a GED test from $95 to $250 effective July 1, but objections from throughout Georgia have prevented the increase for now.
Local businesses and organizations can purchase squares on the board, a pack of cards, money or the game box cover, putting the company name on them. Costs of the miniature advertisements will range from $100 to $750. The front of the game box is up for bid. Funds will also be raised by the purchase of the game.
Kim Jones, president of Community Foundation of West Georgia, will be in charge of the fund once it is created. The raised money will be placed in an investment fund to generate more income.
“Everyone I’ve talked to thinks it’s a great idea,” Bearden said. “Hopefully, we’ll sell all the spaces. Hopefully, we’ll be turning people away.”