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SonjaW
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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:11:48 PM
My foster daughter just brought home one of those booklets and a sign up sheet for her school's "Fall" fundraiser. I have never had a foster child in school before, so this is new to me. I looked at the stuff and it is okay but small amounts for a large price (wrapping paper, candy, calendars etc.) I hated these fundraiser things when I was a kid (when the kids actually had to do the work). I have hated them as other co-workers have brought them to work -- especially subordinates because I always felt like I have to purchase. Now I hate it as a parent -- who is apparently the one who is supposed to do the work of getting people to sign up for things they really don't want or need.

I would rather just write the school a check but that is not an option.

I should say, I already bought the school t-shirt (a fundraiser) and bought books from their book sale (which earns them books for the classroom). I am not opposed to some fundraising but I hate these overpriced catalog things.

Do I have to do anything other than put it out at work for people to look at (without saying anything other than "here it is" ). I don't want my foster daughter to be the only one whose parent didn't do this.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:14:17 PM


I don't see why the PTO, PTA or PFO (whatever organization is running this) wouldn't take a check made out to them if you do not want to participate. Is it mandatory???

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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:14:33 PM
No. Just toss it in the trash. More kids will NOT sell than do sell.



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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:15:05 PM
It just came home with the expalantion that it was the school's fall fundraiser.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:17:20 PM
When my school does fundraisers we often get envelopes with just a check and note that says they don't want to sell, just donate. No problem - who is going to turn down a check??

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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:18:01 PM
I always just toss them. I refuse to push them on anyone and I sure as heck am not going to buy that junk.

Your PTO will definitely take a check made directly to them, BTW.

And don't worry about your foster daughter being the only one not selling. I think more kids don't sell than do sell.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:18:28 PM
I find it very hard to believe that writing a check is not an option. Says who? I wouldn't participate if that is the case.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:18:55 PM
I take the yearly catalog-o-crap and throw it in the trash! I'll gladly write the PTC a check instead of selling that overpriced junk.




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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:21:57 PM
It is part of being a parent. Buy something that is $10-15, and don't worry about it.

If you don't like the overpriced wrapping paper (I don't either), the only other option is to volunteer for the fundraising committee of the PTA and start a new program. There is a scrips program that lets parents buy gift cards to lots of different stores, and the school gets a cut. There is Box Tops, Community Coffee Labels, Campbells for Education, and Coke Rewards for Schools. A big fundraiser is a silent auction with donations from local businesses.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:25:45 PM
I HATE those things.. My dd for volleyball had FOUR fundraisers at one time.. and it was mandatory to sell so much product. I despise fundraisers with a passion.

For the typical grade school ones we hardly ever did them.. Same kids, same neighborhood trying to sell all the same crap.



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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:26:32 PM
I agree, they will not refuse your check or cash.

Schooby, how does the scripp program work? How do you sign up?

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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:35:16 PM
Your daughter will not be the only child not selling anything. For the most part, the children who do sell are in the minority.

If they were stupid enough to state they wouldn't accept a straight donation, I would take them at their word.





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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:35:18 PM
I despise fundraisers, particularly the overpriced cookie dough crap, trinkets, gift wrap, magazines. It especially irks me that half days are no longer given to students; however, time can be taken for convocations so that these companies can hype the kids up to sell.

If you wish to order something feel free to do so. Under no circumstance feel obligated to push the fundraising onto your family, coworkers or friends.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:36:01 PM
We don't participate in fundraising. We write a check for certain ones. Sometimes we just don't take part. I refuse to feel guilty.






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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:49:47 PM
If you google scrip fundraising, you'll get the two big companies that do it. Basically, the school buys the gift cards at a discount and sell them to the parents. The parents buy the gift card at full price, just like they would at the store or at Walgreens, etc. The school gets to keep the difference. To minimize your financial outlay, some schools will have the parents place orders and pay up front.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:57:44 PM
I always throw them away, too! My DD has no time to sell and all our family lives 5 states away. Now, she is in Girl Scouts but, thats a different story!

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Posted: 10/3/2012 6:02:57 PM
My DD came home with a Yankee Candle fundraiser and I usually buy air fresheners for my car but they only had them in 3 packs, which is fine, but it was a variety pack. Um, no thanks. I instead bought an ornament which still set me back $12. I buy something small and that's it.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 6:19:48 PM
I buy 1 thing so my middle one can get the token prize they offer. I choose a box of chocolate or something like that that I can use for a teacher gift later on.

My older ds never wanted to sell it.

I never took that stuff to work or let them sell in the neighborhood.

THey are both in scouts and I do let them sell the popcorn around the neighborhood and Ive taken that to work before.



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Posted: 10/3/2012 6:28:48 PM
Sometimes the wrapping paper has been of very high quality on the fundraisers we did.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 6:35:19 PM
That's why I love our fundraiser--Fill the Boot. Nothing to sell--just write a check. Our PTA gets to keep 100% of the money and parents aren't stuck with crappy frozen cookie dough, tasteless chocolates or overpriced wrapping paper. It's very popular among our families.



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Posted: 10/3/2012 6:37:42 PM
My middle school dd just brought home a Mixed Bag fundraiser which we did last year so I have no need. We hit up the grandparents and then 4 days before it was due go an email from the cheer coach saying each girl needed to sell $500 in product (we get a 50% cut).
I replied that we we donate the difference as it was cheaper for me to donate than buy that much product to which she replied, "I guess that's okay" her opinion is the girls need to take some responsibility in paying for some of the costs associated with the sport. I call BS- guilting people into buying this crap is not a lesson I want her to learn.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 6:41:50 PM

We pick and choose which fundraisers we want to participate in. If I wouldn't want to buy the overpriced item of the day, I'm not going to try to sell it to other people. We really save up for Girl Scout cookie time - that is the big one for us.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 6:46:16 PM
Feel free to toss it. They don't expect everyone to sell.

Only write a check if you want to. You don't have to give them anything.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 6:48:35 PM
After years of buying stuff from my friend's child, I find myself not wanting my son to sell a thing.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 8:15:55 PM
I don't have my kids sell anymore its basically over priced crap. I'd prefer to just donate money to school.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 8:31:44 PM
I say feel free to toss it.

However, the first year my dd came home with a catalog, I bought a roll of reversible wrapping paper. I was amazed at the quality. It was actually worth the price in the end and it lasted. I ended up buying a new roll every 2 yrs or so. Never bought anything else nor did I bring the order sheet to work.



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Posted: 10/3/2012 8:39:32 PM
the last time we actually sold that stuff, we sold about a $100 worth of stuff.

It ended up costing us nearly $2000 in reciprocal purchases.

we now just write a check and forget the selling.


so feel free to write a check.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 8:47:01 PM
no, you don't have to. I have opted out of that fundraiser every year.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 8:50:32 PM

guilting people into buying this crap is not a lesson I want her to learn.


I agree 100%!

Right down the road from me is a school suppy surplus "store" (really just a warehouse) that opens every Dec and has every item from the wrapping paper, chocolate, cheap junk catalog. I might order a small something so my kids would at least do that, but once I found that warehouse I can't do it anymore. The super expensive, thick, nice wrapping paper is 10 for $12 and the items that are priced $10 and above are usually between $1 and $3.

I hate fundraisers. No one that I ever see- neighbors, co-workers, etc- wants any of that overpriced crap either. They either don't want it or know 10 other kids that are selling it. The only people I ever ask are close friends/neighbors that have kids in a different school. We get a little something from them and they get something from us. It's 'you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours'.




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Posted: 10/3/2012 8:57:43 PM
No, you don't.


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Posted: 10/4/2012 1:02:34 AM
I don't do alot of the school fundraisers... It seems like there is one every month! So, I choose which ones I will participate in.. which aren't many. If your PTO won't take a check from your, they're not smart and should not be in charge. Our last school did have an 'opt out' option of paying x amount and you never saw a fundraiser! Perhaps you might suggest that to the PTO.


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Posted: 10/4/2012 7:32:48 AM
Many times, the school will not allow the PTO's to list an "Opt Out" option to go out with the school fund-raiser. At least, the 3 school districts in our county will not allow schools to list it.

People say that they want the "opt out" selection and will just make out a check, but in reality, the amount collected is much less. In fact, for our district, our elementary school was 41% of the kids were on free and reduced lunches, so the parents could not afford to send in a $50 or $100 check. Having a fundraiser allows kids or parents the opportunity to raise money through other means of support.

They will gladly take your check made out to the PTO. And gladly cash it. They are probably not allowed to advertise it.

People complain and complain about PTO fundraisers, but without them, most of the enrichment programs and "fun" things would not be possible. Oh and it has also paid for many unified arts activities and funded the school playground equipment and the school technology and the physical education supplies, and buys books for your school library and buy winter coats for kids in need...etc.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 7:37:05 AM
Yeah, I'm with you on that one! My senior ds brought home one for magazines. If he sells 20, he gets a free cap & gown I think. If he sells 60, he gets a free yearbook, etc! I told him that I would gladly pay for these items if he doesn't bother family and friends with this! So very happy he's the last one, so after this, we don't have to bother with this anymore! Unless my little nieces or nephews bring us something. In which case I will buy.




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Posted: 10/4/2012 8:10:02 AM
My son's middle school band does a cookie dough fundraiser. We bought the first year, but the stuff wasn't very good. I have written a check ever since, all funds going to the band and me not having to deal with a freezer full of cookie dough that we don't like.

The thing I hate is that they offer incentives to the kids for the elementary fundraiser...something mu kid always wants. So, I buy a couple of things so he can get the prize. But I hate it.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 9:21:59 AM
My son just had that as well. We resubscribe to the mags we have, but nothing else.

Between the two schools and scouts we have already had wrapping paper/magazines, candy bars, popcorn, and now cookie dough.


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Posted: 10/4/2012 10:00:58 AM
We don't participate in them. I have four kids that all get the same catalog of stuff to sell. I'm not going into the poor house to buy that stuff.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 10:09:35 AM
Throw it away. Write a check to the PTO. I promise, they'll accept it.

They cannot force you to participate.


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Posted: 10/4/2012 10:15:13 AM
I assure you that your daughter will not be the only one who doesn't sell anything. My kids have never sold anything for school fundraisers. I write a check to the PTO's foundation and I'm done. There are plenty of people who sell nothing and don't donate themselves, either. Don't worry about it.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 10:17:06 AM
I assure you that your daughter will not be the only one who doesn't sell anything. My kids have never sold anything for school fundraisers. I write a check to the PTO's foundation and I'm done. There are plenty of people who sell nothing and don't donate themselves, either. Don't worry about it.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 10:22:29 AM
No you don 't HAVE to do this.

I hate asking people to buy overpriced stuff and will not do it. My son was upset about our family not participating because you can earn prizes for selling a lot. If you dd is telling you they won't take a check, it could be that she means she has to sell stuff to get a prize.

The fundraiser I participated in was the Spring Kick-a-thon. It was PTA run and all the money went directly to the school. To me, that was where I wanted my money to go. You could go broke doing everything.

If you want to donate, you could also write a check to the school library, computer lab, or office. (We are already out of paper at our school).

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Posted: 10/4/2012 10:22:50 AM
No you don 't HAVE to do this.

I hate asking people to buy overpriced stuff and will not do it. My son was upset about our family not participating because you can earn prizes for selling a lot. If you dd is telling you they won't take a check, it could be that she means she has to sell stuff to get a prize.

The fundraiser I participated in was the Spring Kick-a-thon. It was PTA run and all the money went directly to the school. To me, that was where I wanted my money to go. You could go broke doing everything.

If you want to donate, you could also write a check to the school library, computer lab, or office. (We are already out of paper at our school).

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Posted: 10/4/2012 10:25:50 AM
First of all, No, you do not have to participate.

Secondly, if you would like to write a check to make a donation, just do it! I guarantee they will accept it (happily, since they will get 100% of you check, where they would only get 40 - 50% of the money form the items sold!) Just check the paperwork to see who to write the check to -- whether it is PTA, PTO, the school, etc -- there should be instructions for writing a check for the fundraiser items.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 10:26:27 AM
I personally toss the majority of the fundraising catalogs that come home... I don't need overpriced wrapping paper, Yankee candles (I have a whole cabinet-ful that I bought for a great price at their sales), etc. Our school does do a pie sale around the holidays and I will buy an overpriced pie from that (they are really good). LOL! I definitely do not ask my friends to buy from fundraisers either nor do I have my husband ask his co-workers. Of course my husband is a softy and buys overpriced crapola from his co-workers!


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Posted: 10/4/2012 10:27:47 AM
I'm going to go on record that I don't mind the catalogs - and the paper is usually much better quality that what you get at Target/Walmart.

As someone who had to run several fundraisers many moons ago, I can tell you that you won't be alone if you don't participate at all but, that if you prefer to just send a check it would be very much appreciated.(And gratefully accepted, no matter what the catalog says.)

Now... I'm also go to throw out here that I don't know what your situation is with your foster daughter - would it be beneficial for her (feeling accepted, part of a new school, like you would do whatever for her, etc...) if you participated? If any of those things would matter to her, then I say buy $30 of crap and it's more than worth the trinket she'll earn for participation. KWIM?

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Posted: 10/4/2012 11:20:11 AM
The school gets such a tiny percentage of those type of fundraisers I think they would be thrilled to get a check written to them.

I agree with most of the other Peas-pitch the catalog and write a check.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 11:22:20 AM
You don't have to sell. My MIL wants to support my DD's school but doesn't want more junk around so she always just writes a check to the PTA. They always accept it and cash it.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 11:34:04 AM
I would buy calendars or something and give them to friends. If you decide how much you are willing to write the check for, then spend that amount on the items. I realize the school won't get most of the money but your foster daughter might need the 'prop up' that your buying will give her. Plus take it to school.

Both my co-workers have children in school and I have made purchases from each already.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 11:34:45 AM

I would rather just write the school a check but that is not an option.

They won't just take a check or you don't have the funds to just write a check? I would not participate if the school won't take your money, only the fundraising! That is just ridiculous!

I'd toss it and be done with it.



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Posted: 10/4/2012 11:41:45 AM
My kids don't become salesman for the school. They earn donations through their own efforts (Jog-A-Thon), we attend restaurant dine-out nights, and our family donates cash. Period.

I'm very anti-kid sales for school fund raising. I don't buy anything - ever.




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Posted: 10/4/2012 11:42:53 AM
You may have actually asked and they told you no, but just in case, at our school the PTO website lists the "Guiltless Fundraiser" and tells people they're welcome and free to write a check and consider themselves done fundraising for the year (I've never looked at the link, so I don't know what amt. they recommend or ask...) But they don't include that suggestion when they hand out other fundraising forms or whatnot, you have to look on the website to see it. So if you haven't already asked and gotten shot down, they may actually be happy to accept that and just don't adverttise it with the sale.

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