Williamson County School officials have a warning for businesses that think they’re supporting local schools.
Foam balls, t-shirts, and spirit banners keep showing up at Fairview High School.The thing is, the school didn't order them.
"They tell these businesses that if they donate $500 to $1,500 they'll send t-shirts with their advertisement and Fairview's logo. T-shirts that we can pass out or sponge basketballs, footballs, that we can pass out at the games. But the school received no money from this company," Dr. Kurt Jones said.
Fairview's mascot is the yellow jacket -- and Dr. Kurt Jones says due to copyright agreements with Georgia Tech and their yellow jacket logo, the school will not hand out the items.
The company, Allgoods LLC based in Texas, said they sell sponsorships to businesses directly then ship the items to the school to hand out.
Over the phone, a company official told us they aren't doing anything wrong -- they say it's a simple misunderstanding. They issued a statement:
"We have partnered with high schools across the country providing spirit items and fundraising for over 25 years. We are proud of our relationships with our high schools, our coaches and their business community. So much so, that we are willing to offer a full refund to any of our customers who feel they have not gotten value out of their advertising this football season."
However, the principal at Fairview high School thinks local businesses are being misled and the school is suffering.
"Realistically this business in Texas is taking away an experience that we could provide our kids at Fairview High School, that's what's disheartening to me. That's what makes me sick about this situation," Dr. Jones said.
So far, it's believed that five to six businesses in Fairview have paid the Texas company money.
"Every time I see a box come into my school, I just think to myself 'this money is not coming back to our kiddos,'" Dr. Jones said.
The company is rated "F," according to the Better Business Bureau.