No one likes to pay for parking tickets, but for the next couple weeks, EasyPark Alaska is accepting a new currency that might take some of the sting out of paying those fines.

"We are running a program from July 26th through August 9th that allows patrons who’ve received citations within the last 30 days to bring in some school supplies and pay off that ticket," said parking director Demetric Tuggle.

She says this is an easy way for EasyPark and others to give back to the community.

Romeo Kitiona is part of a field crew and patrols the streets enforcing parking rules.

"Some will try to be there all day and that’s when we give them a ticket for parking for more than two hours at a meter," Kitonia said.

So drivers come to their cars and find $20 tickets, but with EasyPark’s temporary program, they can pay off those tickets with school supplies: 200 No. 2 pencils or 100 black or blue pens for a $20 citation. Payment must be in all pens or all pencils.

"I think that we’ll get more people in to pay for these tickets just because it’s donated to a good cause, not so much EasyPark." said Tuggle.

People without tickets can donate too.

"They can just stop by and drop off some supplies, and they don't have to have a ticket," Tuggle said.

For people with tickets, the program has a few limitations. Drivers can only use pens or pencils to pay one $20 fine per license plate and the ticket has to be less than 30 days old.

Donations should be brought to the EasyPark office at 440 B Street, Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Helping Us Give School Supplies – also called HUGGS – will hand out the donated supplies to all grade levels on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at East High School from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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