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School officials in Mount Vernon are asking residents to not buy candy from a group they say is running a scam.
The group is accused of selling the candy by telling would-be customers the money is going toward the Mount Vernon School District?s sports program.
The district began the Save Our Sports initiative last summer after voters rejected a budget proposal that would have funded athletics. The district has been trying to raise $900,000 privately since then. Officials say they are now $27,000 short of their goal.
"We have not asked students for any contributions or to participate in any way," says Dr. Welton Sawyer, the superintendent of Mount Vernon?s schools.