Necessity certainly is “the mother of invention.” And that is what is being played out in the Las Vegas school system today. The city of Las Vegas is allowing drivers to pay their parking tickets with school supply donations in place of cash.
Earlier this month, the city council members voted to give a green light to the program by an unanimous margin. The creative school program applies to parking tickets issued from June 19 to July 19.
A bulletin sent out by the Las Vegas City Council states that drivers who receive parking infractions during the period will be able to satisfy their tickets by “bringing new, unwrapped school supplies of equal or greater value to their fine” to the city’s parking services office.
“This must be done within 30 days of the citation date and a purchase receipt for the donation is required,” the bulletin reads. “In addition, only non-public safety citations are eligible for this program.”
Classroom supplies being accepted for the program include pencils, pens, erasers, index, cards, disinfecting wipes, scissors and rulers.
The city council said it first adopted an ordinance authorizing the establishment of this program in 2016.
The supplies will all be donated to Teachers’ Exchange, a nonprofit associated with the Public Education Foundation.
The donations must be made within 30 days of the infraction, which must be a non-public safety violation, according to the release.
While the program is creative, it’s not the first of its kind. Since July 2016, the city council has been running occasional programs to accept charitable donations in place of parking fines, according to the statement.
What do you think about this program initiated by the Las Vegas City Council? Do you think it will be duplicated in other cities around the country? We look forward to seeing your comments in the section just below this article.