School is in weeks 4 and 3 for my kids, and we are once again in that most dreaded of places. Fundraising hell, I apologize if that analogy is unpleasant for you, I try not to use language that is ugly or unbecoming, in my younger years I often talked like a sailor………but I digress!
Schools cost money, money we pay taxes for, some more than others, some schools are better than others and some schools we pay tuition for(my son is in a Catholic school) but there is always a gray area between what monies are brought in and what monies are needed and this is where fundraising comes from.
Annually we do 3 all school fund raisers. A school fair in late October, complete with dangerous carnival rides and seedy looking operators, but great food! In the Spring we do a car raffle. Right now we are adrift in Magazine sales………..and to double the fun, beyond the Catholic School magazine push, the girls are raising Prom money selling magazines………same company etc, so I battle with that one too!
Our schools, clubs, sports, organizations run a muck with these sales drives. Sell candles, hams, cups, cookie dough, ANYTHING!!! Many times I’ve been known to write a check and just be done with it.
I try to encourage my kids to be the beggars and not me. I fill out forms, send emails and ask politely, but I’m not going to push these magazines or any other products on anyone, it’s tiring!
What is the solution? I wish I knew………..but in the meantime…………can I interest you in some fine reading material!!!??