I have a confession to make. The last few years my kids attended high school, I didn’t buy anything from their fundraisers. Nothing! Instead, I wrote a check directly to the PTA. So when I saw this form above all over the news and Facebook, it made me smile. Clearly I’m not alone in my desire to open up my checkbook instead of buying overpriced wrapping paper.
Yes, I volunteered at their sporting events and baked over 2,000 cupcakes. But did I buy any? Nope. Not a one.
I think there is a PTA training manual out there that talks about how important it is for these cute little kids to put on even cuter smiles and roam the neighborhood peddling whatever junk-of-the-month they are selling. Because how can you tell them no? And then, as parents, we feel obligated to buy. We shouldn’t, because if we are being honest, most of the stuff they are selling you can buy elsewhere for a fraction of the price. And even though the prices are jacked up for your fundraiser, only a fraction of that goes directly to your child’s school. It’s a racket!
That’s why I just started writing a check directly to them. I knew every penny went right to the school and then I didn’t have 12 sets of sports team mugs I’d have to donate to Goodwill in a year or two. The PTA that sent the letter home above is genius in my opinion. I wish more schools would do the same.
What do you think of the idea? Would you rather write a check and not have to deal with the crazy fundraisers? Do you feel obligated to participate and buy? Do you think the letter that PTA sent in lieu of fundraisers is inappropriate?