I'm just going to cut right to it: I. Hate. Fundraisers.
You and I. We are on the same team. Maybe I haven't officially joined your group, but that wasn't because I don't like you. You do some great stuff for the school. We both want what is best for the students.
However, pulling the kids out of class to attend a sales presentation about cookie dough is just poor form. These are vulnerable children who are being manipulated by a fundraising company that YOU hired. It kinda makes me sick. Are brainwashing and shallow incentives really the correct way to be going about earning money for our precious school? I should be able to opt my kids out of this type of collusion.
As a result of your "awesome" assembly, my kids are obsessed with selling cookie dough. (What kind of brainwashing did they do at this assembly? Teach me your techniques!) My son who can't recite his math facts yet, has memorized all the fundraiser safety rules and accompanying prize packet. Although he's pretty sure that the first rule, don't go door to door, is intended to be a joke. No, I assure him, it's not a joke. And no, I tell him, I will not help you sell this stuff. I want nothing to do with this thing. Luke didn't like that response and threw a fit. Charlie said he didn't need my support and decided to set up a lemonade type stand in front of our house to advertise his cookie dough. Surprise, surprise, no one came to buy his cookies.
Charlie's version of School Fundraising
Luke sleeps with the prize packet glued to his face. Thanks to the generosity of his Uncle Larry, he currently has enough for the "wacky clacker ball." He told me that this Saturday is his most important day because that is when he intends to earn enough for the Wii U. "Uh-huh," I say, disinterested.
Let's get this straight, PTG. I'm not anti-school fundraising, I'm anti-dumb school fundraising.
Besides being incredibly manipulative, I find this type of fundraising to be highly deceptive. After the fundraising company is paid, how much can the school actually earn? 50 cents on the dollar? I hate paying $15.00 for a tub of cookie dough because a) that is outrageous and b) the school is probably only receiving half of that, if even that much.
There has to be a better use of time and resources. I realize that fundraising is a necessary evil. Evidently our tax dollars aren't even enough to provide the teachers with an adequate amount of copy paper, so the PTG fundraisers really do add a lot to the school. Why not do a walkathon? Or a silent auction? Or a raffle of items donated by local companies? Limited overhead means more money will go to the school than the fundraising company. Or what happened to just asking for donations?
Would I be a bad mom if I threw away all that fundraising stuff while my kids are sleeping tonight? Oh wait, it wouldn't matter because that fundraising company you hired is jamming it down my children's throats every single day at school.
TPG, I truly do appreciate all the hard work and effort you put into helping the students, but when it comes to this kind of fundraising, I just say NO.
A Tired Parent