For Sale by Owner: One High School Near PhiladelphiaMeredith Carroll
Maybe when you were in high school you dreamed of all the ways you could have made it better if you ran the show. You know, stuff like a free soda fountain in the cafeteria, a hot tub in the gym and no weekend homework assignments — ever.
Of course, your chance at living the high life in high school has passed, but the opportunity for you to ensure some current students do it right is now available, although you must act fast, as it expires on Wednesday.
The Learning Center in Langhorne, Pa., has put itself up for sale on eBay starting at a price of more than half a million dollars to assist offseting deep budget cuts, according to CBS News.
It’s a school for at-risk teens that is described in the eBay listing as “pre-owned” and “slightly used” (Although it should be noted the eBay listing link is no longer active, so it’s possible the sellers experienced some advanced remorse and removed it, or perhaps they accepted a Buy Now price and the auction ended early.).
According to CBS, the listing also said:
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? Hold on to your bulging wallet, ’cause delivering an education to a group of kids who could really use it is just the beginning.
Of course the winning bidder won’t actually own the school, but there is 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.”
The auction idea was the brainchild of a recent graduate.
For the starting bid price of $600,000, you could probably own much more than a single pizza, like, say, an entire pizza joint outright with your name on it, but then you wouldn’t have the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping some students who really need it and an administration with a healthy and much-needed sense of humor in the face of a grim financial situation.
And if you do have $600,000 to slap your name on a school, you’ll probably also have some extra dough (ahem) beyond that lying around to make sure the students at the school can eat pizza for free, say, once a week. Which would go a long way to seeing some high schoolers can live the good life like you never did.
If you had the money, would this be something you would consider?
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