An unexpected visitor

Posted Friday, August 3, 2007, at 8:52 AM
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  • I am with you on this. I have a son his age and we do not do the fundraising. I understand the funds may be needed but to send kids door to door and only allow the ones who do to the pizza party is wrong to me. I would much rather donate items and time for a fundraising yard sale or car wash. This would give the child the positive experience of volunteering their time instead of the pressure of trying to sell something. After all I would say we need more future volunteers than salespeople.

    -- Posted by DannysGal on Fri, Aug 3, 2007, at 10:25 AM
  • Well it has been said before...

    "I long for the day when the military has to have a bake sale in order to buy bombs, and schools can get all the funds they need."

    It is sad, though, that children at every age are subjected to fundraising. The idea itself, is not bad, because it gets children involved in something, yet there are precautionary measures that should be taken... While it is not wise for that boy to go door to door, unsupervised, that is a parents obligation, not the schools.

    (Though I do agree the school itself should play more of a role in the fundraising activities, instead of sending KIDS home with an invoice sheet and a magazine for potential donators)

    Schools should not be held to lower standards than armed forces in this country, but unfortunately our systems of checks and balances are null and void.

    I feel for the kid who felt nervous for selling a product, he probably could care less about... But more so than that, the fact that a parent was not around to ensure his safety!

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Fri, Aug 3, 2007, at 11:24 AM
  • I have 3 children in 3 different schools in Bedford County and I don't NOT allow them to participate in ANY fundraising schemes. They are allowed to help support the band program, the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts. But living in a town with no family and having a limited number of people to sell to and then on top of that, they have been bombarded by 100 different kids selling items and then when my child doesn't sell "the standard" he or she is put into another classroom while the children that met the "standard" are enjoying a sundae/pizza party making my child feel like an outcast.

    I would like to know why the money from your Precious Horseshow is not donated to the schools to keep small children from having to sell up to 4 different fundraisers a year. It is NOT my child's job to support the school. It is supposedly the job of the people who raise our taxes in the name of "education funding"

    When school starts next week, I will send the appropriate supplies and I will send in the classroom fees for all 3 kids, but I guarantee you within 2 weeks they will send me a list of things that my children are already out of, and needed money to buy candy to hand out as treats and they will all come home with the required beginning school year fundraiser. I do my part, I make sure my kids have everything they need and we clip box tops for education, but as for the selling of "wrapping Paper" at $10 a roll..that just gets thrown in the trash.

    -- Posted by stolen25 on Fri, Aug 3, 2007, at 1:05 PM
  • You have all just listed some of the many reasons why we are home schooling our children from now on.

    -- Posted by jjones on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 9:38 AM
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