(CBS/AP) LANGHORNE, Pa. - Forget magazine drives and candy sales. A cash-strapped high school near Philadelphia hopes to raise money by auctioning itself on eBay.
Officials at The Learning Center in Langhorne, Pa., are seeking bids starting around $600,000 to offset steep budget cuts.
The eBay listing describes the public alternative school for at-risk teens as “pre-owned” and “slightly used,” using tongue-in-cheek humor to attract bidders. As of Monday afternoon, there were three offers.
“Sure, it sounds like a great cause, but what will you, the good Samaritan, get for your investment—besides the feel good vibe of securing the future of so many otherwise lost young souls?” reads the listing. “Hold on to your bulging wallet, ‘cause delivering an education to a group of kids who could really use it, is just the beginning.”
The winner won’t own the school (or the students, as the listing jokes). But he or she will get a naming opportunity, a free large pizza, a coffee cup with the benefactor’s name on it, passes to Neshaminy Senior High football games and the opportunity to deliver a speech on graduation day.
Principal JoAnn Holland says she hopes the auction idea, which came from a recent graduate, will draw the attention of a wealthy benefactor. Bidding ends Wednesday.
Neshaminy School District officials did not immediately return requests for comment Monday.