Tuscaloosa to accept school supply donations for parking ticket fines

Published: Jul. 24, 2023 at 12:45 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 24, 2023 at 6:19 PM CDT
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Residents in Tuscaloosa will have the opportunity to pay parking fines with a donation of school supplies to the city.

Beginning Monday, August 7, those with $18 overtime parking tickets will be able to make a donation of school supplies valued at $10 in lieu of paying the fine. School supplies valued at $20 or more will be accepted in place of two $18 parking tickets.

All collected supplies will be donated to the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education and distributed to local students in need. The court started this program four years ago, and they said that in previous years it has been a success.

“We normally do very well with it. Last year it was around 1,200 school supplies that were donated and around 300 tickets that were waived for that,” said Acting Court Administrator, Jessica Junkin.

Below is a list of suggested supplies and estimated values that will be used if a receipt is not provided. Any school supplies valued at $10 will be accepted.

  • Heavy duty backpacks: $10
  • Ream white copy paper: $4
  • Index cards: $.50
  • Black & blue ink pens: $1
  • 16GB flash drive: $4
  • Scientific calculators: $9
  • Erasers – 3 packs: $1.50
  • Standard/college ruled paper: $1
  • College-ruled spiral notebooks: $.60
  • Mechanical or #2 pencils: $1
  • Binder pouches: $6
  • Clorox/Lysol wipes 3 packs: $6.50
  • Highlighters 3ct.: $2.10
  • Highlighters 10ct.: $6
  • Hand sanitizers: $2
  • Box(es) of Kleenex Tissues: $1.60
  • Binder dividers: $1.50
  • Box of crayons: $3
  • Kids’ scissors: $1.50

School supplies should be brought to the Tuscaloosa Municipal Court located at 2122 6th St.

The program ends September 1.

If you have any questions, call 311.

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