I realize it kind of makes me sound bad. The mom that doesn’t want to support her child’s school. But I promise you that’s not the case at all. I am in love with my son’s school, and I am so amazed by all the work the PTA does, which of course could not be acheived without the near-constant fundraising.
When my oldest started Kindergarten last year I was so excited. I wanted to do everything – and do it well. The first fundraiser they bring home is that fun catalog full of wrapping paper, candy, and gifts. I don’t know who was more eager to sell – him or me. I asked everyone. I even reached out to friends in other cities and states, sending them the online link to buy from.
My son was thrilled when we filled out the form and he saw how many prizes he would be getting. I couldn’t wait to turn in the order form. What a great mom I was! When I handed in the money and orders, the woman glanced to see how many cheap little toys to give my son. “Great job!” she told him. I have to admit I felt a little insulted, I mean who really sold all those things?
Fast forward to this year. The packet came home again, same as before. My son came home, anxious as ever to get his rewards. He told me about the assembly they attended about the fundraiser, complete with a super exciting demo video and a big poster of the prize levels. Clever, I thought, to amp up the kids so they’d be motivated to sell. But this time I wasn’t biting. I took my son aside and explained to him that we wouldn’t be selling from the catalog this year. I just couldn’t bring my self to bombard my relatives with anymore sales pitches.
I wrote my check – what I would’ve spent on a couple of trinkets – and instead of getting a portion of it, the PTA could keep the whole thing. As for my son, I let him pick out a toy at the store, something that didn’t fall apart the minute he opened it.
It was way less stressful to do it my way, and I think a win-win situation for everyone. I will continue to support the PTA and the school as much as I can throughout the year, without having to beg for donations or peddle merchandise. Family and friends, you can thank me later.
How do you handle all the school fundraisers? How do you find other ways to support the PTA?