Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Be the #1 Oxford Chargers Fan…Literally

Car Tag - O-Bolt-HTAnyone who has a car knows how hard it can be to remember the jumble of letters and numbers that make up most state license plates.  Now, the Oxford School District Foundation (OSDF) wants to make that a lot easier for one lucky Charger fan.

“OSDF is trying to pre-sell 300 specialty license plates with the O-bolt logo,” said Camie Bianco, president of the organization.  “If we’re successful, we will be able to assign plate No. 1 to one lucky individual.”

OSDF raises money to fund teacher grant requests.  If the group can pre-sell 300 tags at $31 each, $7,200 of that money will go back into the classroom to pay for innovative teaching tools such as specialized math calculators and robotics.

“So, it’s a win-win for everyone,” said Bianco.  “You get to show your support for Oxford schools on your car, plus you’re making a donation that will give our kids the potential to learn even more.”

Anyone who signs up and pays for a tag before April 15 will be eligible for a chance to win license plate No. 1.  Oxford Middle School principal Jeff Clay was one of the first to do it.

“I can’t think of a better way to support public education,” Clay said. “The OSDF does so much to put money back into the classroom and into the students; I just think it’s a wonderful way to support the district.”

The whole process is simple.

“All we need are four pieces of information from anyone who signs up – their name, county of residence, address and current tag number,” said Betsy Smith, one of the OSDF board members coordinating the campaign.

OSDF is making a big push to sell the tags the week of February 2.  Supertalk MS 105 & Q93.5 FM will be airing a week of public service announcements and special programming to promote the tags.  The campaign will wrap up with live radio coverage from the Oxford Chargers’ basketball games against New Hope on Friday, February 6.

“Come to the game with your checkbook and use your cell to take a photo of your car tag that night,” said Bianco.  “We’ll be there with applications.  That’s all you need to be a part of this.”

If you can’t get to the game, you can still get a tag. For more information about the car tag campaign, log in at bit.ly/OxfordCarTag.

“I didn’t do this just because the district is my employer,” Clay said. “This is good for the community. This is one of the best ways we can go above and beyond for our teachers and students.”