I hate it.
My kid is not even in school yet and when I pull up to a Shop Rite or Dunkin' Donuts and see the table displays, I dread getting out of my car. No, I do not want to buy over priced junk and that includes the God-awful Girl Scout cookies, magazines and $20 tins of popcorn. Seriously??? Twenty bucks for popcorn?When you ask me to fund a travelling a soccer team I say no thanks. You chose to put your kid in the league, you pay for it. Sounds mean, but too bad. I am all for kids doing extracurricular activities and I get the schools need "help", but please do not harass the general public. Can't parents write a check and call it a day? I would think a lot of them would prefer that route. Why don't school understand that some folks are ill-equipped to go around the neighborhood asking for money? Or even better, they just don't want to. If my child participated in a sport or scouts or whatever, I am happy to just write a check. I have no desire to harass my friends, family and any co-workers to buy things they do not need and as someone pointed out, give cash to a company that makes the crap these kids sell. Maybe some schools should host a craft fair of sorts where people buy tables and that money goes right to the school or sport and then the artisans get to keep whatever they make. Would be a lot more interesting then what happened to me once. I agreed to buy a pie my nephew was selling for ten dollars. When it arrived it was the size of a ramekin. Can you say "rip off"? Just how much money did his school get for that? a buck? That is not right, they need the cash and so I think that is unfair to the kids to try and raise cash and then not get much for it. If ALL proceeds go to the school, well then, yeah, here is my money and let's rock.
Beehive and Birdsnest has a post on this matter and she pretty much sums up how I feel about the whole fundraising gig.
THE HATEFUL WORLD OF FUNDRAISING
**AND LET ME ADD THIS PARENTS HAVE ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT WITHOUT BEING ASKED TO FUND RAISE. THAT IS SOME SERIOUS PRESSURE AND A LOT OF THEM DO NOT NEED THAT EXTRA BURDEN.