Part of my new PTA role involves running the school fundraiser, which means I get to hear lots of pitches. A parent approached me yesterday to tell me that she’d had it up to here with the cookie-dough sales and peanut-chocolate turtles (and was I aware of the peanut-allergy epidemic?) and other tchotchkes that families were expected to buy in order to support the kids and their school. Why couldn’t she just write a check and be done with it?
I thanked her for her candor and told her I’d keep her suggestion in mind.
For me, working on the PTO board is like living on another planet. I’m the new kid and have little knowledge of what’s viewed as acceptable with regard to fundraising. In order to raise funds, do schools have to sell things that nobody wants? On one hand, I know there are folks who enjoy the traditional fundraisers, and some view it as a way to teach their own kids. On the other hand, the woman who approached me yesterday wasn’t the first to express that particular view.
So I thought, since most of live nowhere near Small Town, Michigan, many of you can offer a non-biased perspective. So, whether you’re a parent or a student or someone who likes to contribute to these things -or just someone with an opinion…what’s your take?