Today's fundraiser is for..........

United States
October 6, 2008 8:32am CST
Do you remember the days when we were in school and the only time we had to sell things was for the schools after school activities that you were involved in. LOL!! Well now adays it seems that they start selling in K4 to highschool. Todays children don't have to be in extra curricular activity to have the fundraisers thrust upon them, they just have to be attending the school. How do you feel about having your children start fundraisers so early? Do you feel that children should only have to do the fundraisers if they are in extra curricular activites? Do you feel that these fundraisers are necessary because they put more money towards the after school sports programs than the regular stuff? On a whole how do you feel about fundraisers?
3 responses
@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I hate the fundraisers. The main reason is when the kids are little (4-7) they are told that they will get a prize if they sell a certain amount of fundraising stuff. It is usually some little junk thing that breaks the day they get it, but they all want it so the parents get put on the spot to make their kids happy and do the fundraising! I think that the regular school fundraising goes to the special school activities, not to the sports. I also don't like that the sports do fundraising. They should just do tag days and not have to sell anything. As parents, we spend a fortune so our kids can be in sports. Between the special shoes and equiptment, sometimes uniforms have to be purchased and on top of that the fundraisers. It makes it almost impossible for some students to participate because of lack of funds. Right now I have 2 boys in football. I had to buy shoes for them ~ $90 worth for one and luckily the younger one fit into the older ones last years. I still have to buy them the underarmor to wear for the games now that it is colder outside. We had to sell 10~ $5 lottery cards each! and 5 ~ $20 coupon books each. Right now when my family sees me coming they run the other way!! Next up is wrestling season and I will be selling 50~$1 lottery tickets for that. Then basketball where we have to buy the uniforms and shoes before the child even finds out if they are on the team. When my oldest tried out the uniform was $65 and he didn't even make the team. He did get to keep the shoes, but didn't need new shoes! It is crazy and I think that with consession stands and tag days, the teams will raise enough money needed.
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• United States
6 Oct 08
I agree to have 4-7 yr olds do the fund raiser with a ploy of they get a prize is wrong in so many shades. what I usually do is offer my kid an alternative. I say we'll go out and do something fun and what they all agree on in place of that prize. LOL!!!
@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Now that is smart thinking!!
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• United States
6 Oct 08
Thanks I figure that if I spend the minimum of 8-10 dollars on each childs fundraiser ( I have 5) then I'm spending close to 50 dollars on junk that I didn't want in the first place that is going to get my child junk that I don't want to hear about when it breaks. So I figure they get together and decide what they want to do as a family function and I spend money on something worthwile. LOL!! I would rather spend money on making memories than on junk. LOL!
@mrbranan (1012)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I don't really have a problem with the fund raising. I would just like to know what we are raising the money for. It just seems that all we hear is for the school. I would like to know what we are spending the money on and I want a say in what it is spent on.
• United States
6 Oct 08
I hear you on that one. LOL!! It seems that we have several fundraisers through out the school year and I have yet to see any benefit.
@tessah (6638)
• United States
6 Oct 08
here.. the fundraiser stuff the sprite brings home is for the school itself.. so everyone who attends, is asked to participate. i dont mind it. what i DO mind.. is the subtly FORCED madatory "donations" made for teacher gifts. while they say it is voluntary blahblah.. when you DONT donate towards the gift, yer kid is excluded obviously.. and this makes for hurt feelings all over the place. the requested "donation" is usally 5 dollars per student towards some gift basket.. two or three times a year. and while it dont sound like alot.. with the economy the wa it is, and some families struggling just to keep food on the table.. it IS. they should just have the kids work together on a project in their art classes or something that doesnt cost anyone anything. itd be more personal of a gift anyway. i mean really.. just how many 100 dollar baskets of pasta does a freakin teacher need??
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• United States
6 Oct 08
Around here we do the fundraiser but then we get a snack list and then during the holidays we get another list for allowed gifts and you're right with the economy it hurts the family and if the family doesn't supply the donation that the teacher requests then the child get shunned and left out .. I hate that it's wrong and evil in a sense. They are supposed to teach equality and not to shun other kids yet in there own actions they do.