Last year Kat wrote about her pet peeve - school fund raisers:
I loathe school fundraisers.
I don’t like them because I feel as though the school is using my child as a pawn to get me to buy stuff.
I don’t need $30 Christmas cards. Or $25 pizza dough. Or $50 wrapping paper.
I just want my daughter to go to school and not be asked to spend her free time hitting up neighbors for overpriced junk.
The most annoying thing for me is that my daughter already goes to a private school. We’re already paying for her education. Why can’t they just raise the tuition?
Amen. We, too, send our children to parochial school and I agree - if they want more money for activities and what not they should just charge more. At some point I think everyone ends up with fund raising fatigue, especially since we're just off the Cub Scout popcorn and Girl Scout cookie season.
But what really got to me was a recent robotic phone call we received from the school phone system (the same system that's used to send out notices when school is canceled or there's a terrorist holding the children hostage). In this Very Important Message the principal said to be sure to check each child's backpack that evening for information about the upcoming fund raising "fun fair", which would include what we are expected to supply for the auction and sales and when we are scheduled to work at it. Closed with a nice, "Thanks for volunteering."
I would gladly pay to get out of the "privilege" of "volunteering". Just tell me what your expected take is, let me know my proportion as determined by dividing my three by the total number of students, and I will write you a check. It will be worth it in terms of saving my time and hassle and frustration at being drafted, er, I mean "volunteered", especially on a Friday night (which we are trying to block out for family time since Les works two double shifts every weekend). I would bet most parents would feel the same. Just tell us up front how much we're being shaken down for. Run it like a protection racket:
"It'd be a shame if we didn't get enough money for activities and had to hold a fun fair, wouldn't it, Lenny?"
"Yeah, yeah - dat's right, boss!"