It started already. Just two and a half weeks into school and it already started. The dreaded fundraisers.
Would anyone be interested in buying some cheese and sausage? I can’t vouch for the quality of the product, but the pictures sure are purdy. Yes, it is over-priced (in my opinion) but you are helping my son’s choir…somehow. As long as you have your checkbook out, my other kids are selling cookbooks.
Kids, let me give you a piece of advice. If you come knocking at my door trying to sell stuff, know WHY you are selling it. “For school” is not an adequate answer. PTO? Athletics? Music program? If you don’t know, then ASK. Ask the people who are telling you to sell the stuff what the money will be used for. New playground equipment? Classroom materials? New Keurig for the teachers’ lounge?
And whatever you do, DON’T tell me WHAT YOU WILL WIN if you sell a lot of stuff. “If I sell the most stuff in my class, I will win a limo ride to McDonald’s for lunch!” This is my biggest pet peeve about fundraising, motivating the kids by prizes. What is wrong with teaching the kids to fundraise because of the cause? Why do we need to reinforce the materialism and teach kids to focus on their own personal gain? Yes, it is important to learn to work for things you want, but kids also need to learn to work for the cause of a greater good, namely their school (or sport or competitive haggis-making team or whatever).
Don’t get me wrong. I understand the importance of fundraising. I have been in charge of fundraisers myself. It is a thankless job that nobody wants. Nobody wants to be in charge, and nobody wants to participate. Yet, it is a necessary evil if we want to have money to accomplish our goals. Money makes the world go ’round.
So please forgive me if you soon receive a postcard in the mail asking you to purchase magazines. For the latest fundraiser, our three elementary kids each had to fill out eight postcards with addresses. I’m sorry to invade your privacy, but my kids REALLY needed to do this to earn a monkey keychain. Don’t worry, I got a little sweet revenge. The school principal will be getting a postcard, too.