Surry County first in state to put ads on school buses

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DOBSON, N.C. -- Advertisements could soon be popping up on Surry County School activity buses.

"Every penny we get from potential ads will go to our kids," said school transportation director Rodney Hardy. "Trying to create revenue streams based off the budget cuts we've had the past couple of years."

Hardy said he got the idea after noticing other states were making money selling ads on school buses. North Carolina law doesn't allow advertisements on yellow school buses, but activity buses can.

"It has the potential to bring in about $100,000 every school year."

There are restrictions. A list of 17 items will not be allowed including advertisements like tobacco and alcohol. Many residents and parents see it as a win.

"It seems a like a good idea to me," said resident Chris Fulk. "Good way for schools to make some extra money."

"It's great for the businesses," said parent Jessica Chilton of Pilot Mountain. "Good for the schools, raise money."

Currently the school system is in talks with a lawn care company for the first ad.

While other school districts have talked about the idea, Surry County Schools will be the first in the state to sell advertisement on school activity buses.

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