School fundraisers make me crazy, and here is a list of 10 things to prove my point:
1. They usually involve food and not good food, either.
Culver's night, candy sales, pizza night and the latest one I've seen Little Ceaser's Pizza kit sales. This is the greater Chicago metro area, people. Why are we calling that stuff from Little Ceaser's "pizza"?
2. The fund raisers are sent home with EVERY.SINGLE.STUDENT. I have two kids in the district. Finally, they are in seperate schools, but we used to get double everything when they were at the same school.
3. Mimics number 2 - the fund raisers are sent home with EVERY.SINGLE.STUDENT.
I live in a cul-de-sac. There are 17 houses on our block and there are 14 students in the school district on our block alone. There'd be more, but some have graduated and some are too young yet.
Who are they supposed to sell to when everyone is selling the same stuff?
4. There's only so much I can ask the one set of grandparents to buy, and the other set of grandparents live too far away to drop off purchases. For the money I'd spend in shipping or gasoline, I could just fork over the dough directly to the school.
5. The people I work with have kids selling stuff, too. None of us wants to buy any of this junk.
6. How much do the schools really get from these fundraisers? "Spend $10, so we can earn $1". Couldn't I just give you the $10, so you'd get....well, TEN DOLLARS?
7. I have 17 neices and nephews. Thankfully, some of them are off to college now, and several of them live far away. (I miss them, but not the stuff they were selling). All of our kids are constantly selling something. I am NOT asking my siblings to buy stuff I don't even want to purchase.
8. I do not need, nor will I buy something that is outrageously marked up in order for the school to earn a tiny portion - (cough) Market Day (cough) and (cough) wrapping paper (cough).
9. Why are we doing fundraisers anyway? If there is something available for the kids to do, then the kids ought to put down their iPhones, Kindles, and Xbox remotes, get their butts up and EARN it for themselves.
Go shovel someone's driveway or sidewalk. Clean the house. Mow the lawn (if spring ever comes back). Plan a week's worth of meals and help prepare them.
Let's teach our kids some practical skills, what responsibility means and what it means to earn that trip to Springfield or Medieval Times.
10. If we couldn't afford to pay for one of these trips ourselves, our child just wouldn't go. Yes, that's fair.
It teaches our child that nothing is free, you have to earn your way, other people are NOT responsible for paying for you and you don't alway get what you want.
That is real life.
These are the 10 things about school fundraisers that make me crazy. What would you add to, or take away from this list?
2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 (NIV)
10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.
Do you like the school fundraisers? Why?
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