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Brevard Public Schools go green

and help families on the go keep


up with the busy school calendar
Blackboard & Peachjar combine to provide a time,
cost, and tree-saving digital solution
Schools have better ways to support their students than
making sure that informational flyers are being sent
home. Likewise, parents have better things to do with
their time than sort through backpacks stuffed with
flyers. Brevard Public Schools solve both challenges
with the Blackboard Mobile Communications App
and Peachjar.

Click here for THE CHALLENGE


additional resources:
With 82 schools and 73,000 students, the Brevard County school
Download district in Florida was spending great deal of time and money
Datasheet and using up a forests worth of trees photocopying, organizing,
See Peachjar and distributing informational flyers (lunch sheets, school
on ABC News activities, athletic/community events) that are regularly sent
Download home with students throughout the school year. For a go-green
Whitepaper district, the resources that went into the distribution of such flyer
packets was especially troubling since todays new generation of
parents explicitly prefers receiving notifications via email or in a
digital format. Taking a more digital approach to flyer creation
and distribution would enable Brevard to save time, money and
trees, while meeting parent demands of an efficient and eco-
friendly system.

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Brevard CountySchools
Viera, Florida 82 74,000
Schools Students

$82,225 $140,687 $2,558


District cost savings Annualized district Annualized cost
in first 7 months cost savings* savings per school

*This calculation is based on 55 schools participating


Accounts for paper savings only, labor savings not accounted for.

THE SOLUTION
With Blackboard Brevard is managing its paper problem with Peachjar, an automated
and Peachjar, e-flyer system that sends digital images of each flyer directly to
were saving time, the parents. With Peachjar, Brevard is tracking annual savings of
saving money, $140,687 on paper and print costs for the 55 elementary schools
and saving the that have implemented the new system. In the first seven months
environment. Most after Peachjar was deployed, the school district also estimated
importantly, were that it saved 510 trees. With Peachjar, school administrative
able to provide personnel are now able to spend their time on more valuable tasks,
important and and district-approved organizations that promote after-school
timely information activities through flyers report that theyre saving time and money
to our families as well. Peachjar is closely integrated with the Blackboard Mobile
the way they Communications App. This mobile method is a popular choice for
want it: on their how parents now receive their flyers, by clicking on the Peachjar
mobile devices. icon within the app. In addition to flyers, the app enables parents to
see all the school information they need such as calendars, news,
Abby Rex
Media & Content and emergency or outreach notifications. Parents are also able to
Coordinator, Brevard follow multiple schools throughout the district if they have more
Public Schools than one child, all with a click of a button on their mobile device.

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