How much should a school event cost?

One of our schools is hosting a pumpkin walk/carnival tonight. The pumpkin walk is where kids can show off their costumes and their carved pumpkins. That part of the event is free. But right next door on the school grounds is a carnival-type event with games, jumpy houses and food. You can pay with $1 tickets for individual things or buy $12 wrist bands for unlimited games. (The food costs more.)

Here is my issue: For me to take three kids to this school event, it will cost me $36.

While I understand it’s a fundraiser for the school and the schools’ budgets are all being cut, it just seems like too much money for a school event.

Now you could go and only buy a certain amount of tickets but I just think you’re opening yourself up to fight with your kids instead of having fun.

I was discussing it with a friend and she said that was exactly what her school was charging. But she lives in Buckhead.

So I am wondering at other schools, not in Buckhead, what are they charging for school fall festivals or similar school events? Is $12 for a wrist band  — $36 for a family with three kids — too much or reasonable?

49 comments Add your comment

marionparrish

October 28th, 2011
2:51 am

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malleesmom

October 28th, 2011
6:00 am

Our school in Gwinnett does a similar event in the spring. It is the main fundraiser. We too have a sizable carnival ride area along with one for games. I believe wristbands are $12 for first child in family, $10 for the second. One can purchase individual tickets the day of the event but most people get the wrist bands. That allows kids to ride, play games, use bounce houses, cake walk etc. The choice is simple, get a wrist band or be asked all night long for additional $$ over and over and over.

different

October 28th, 2011
6:15 am

My child’s elementary school charged $20 for a wristband if purchased in advance, $25 at the door. I always bought my kids individual tickets and never had any fights about it. (Of course, my kids knew that if they whined or complained, they would be home immediately.)

mom2alex&max

October 28th, 2011
6:42 am

$10 per wristband, food extra.

I think it’s pretty reasonable. At most fairs, you’ll end up paying WAY more than that in tickets!

TallMom

October 28th, 2011
6:43 am

Our school’s carnival was last weekend…tickets were .50 each. My three kids each had 10 tickets…once they were gone, it was time to go home. Seemed reasonable to me!

We do pick and choose which school events we participate in due to cost but some of my best memories were of our school’s Fall Festival every year. I still live in the same area in which I grew up, s I’ve even taken my kids to my old elementary school’s fall festival just for fun! I can’t imagine not taking my kids to their school’s biggest event…it’s all everyone (teachers AND students) talk about for weeks.

Carla

October 28th, 2011
7:06 am

This is the first year we have had to miss the fall carnival. I believe the cost is usually $10-15 per wristband. I would like to bring this up since we are talking about cost and schools. I understand the schools NEED the fundraisers. However the timing of such every year is exhasperating! August rolls around and here are some basic facts…..We WILL spend at least $50 for the required school supplies per kid. Backpacks run another $5-20…depending on what we find. Next, new school clothes, shoes and all…well, by the time school starts we are strapped. First week of school we get requests for money for the arts program, for the PTA, for the class parties and projects. Week 2…the fundraising stuff comes home. I’m sorry, I know the school needs money..but I am NOT paying $30 for a candle because it’s shaped like an ice cream sundae. Uggghhh! Sorry. This subject caught me just as we were discussing how much to spend on the THIRD fundraiser we have had come home so far this year ( 2 months of school?)! I really hope all these budget cuts haven’t hurt the important people…like the administrators and board members.

Me

October 28th, 2011
7:12 am

Sounds reasonable to me. The number of children in a particular family has nothing at all to do with what a school, or any other event, charges. The decision to have one, two, or ten, children is a decision made by the parents, ergo, the greater the number of offspring, the greater the cost. I realize that isn’t the point of your blog but it only costs you $36 because you choose to have three kids.

motherjanegoose

October 28th, 2011
7:25 am

A few things I want to share today…

When we first moved to Atlanta, I worked in Buckhead. We did not have a pot to pee in. We made less than $40,000 combined per year. It was an eye opener to me and I struggled to fit in. That was in the early 1990’s. I LOVED my job there and met some of the nicest people who ultimately requested me for their child’s teacher.

Many folks outside of metro Atlanta have NO idea where Buckhead is.

Having children is not cheap. This is why we had only two. There were many things that we could not afford and still are prudent about. If you think things are expensive now, wait until they are in HS and start driving or college. Perhaps others can share.

You afford what you want to afford. I have had several schools, in this economy, tell me that they cannot get the Kinders to send in $1 PER CHILD to have me come and share a story session, This on site field trip is LESS than anything else…many will have NOTHING this year…all fields trips have been canned as they cannot get any $$$. On the other hand, it seems ridiculous that the SAME kids bring in $1 ice cream several times per week when they can get ice cream ANYWHERE. Oh well, they are not my kids and I have other schools to visit where we are having a lot of fun! Some would probably invite me but they do not know me.

If you have an iphone, big screen TV, SUV payment, laptop, cable upgrade, DVD in your car…I could go on, you can squeeze out $50 for a night with your kids at their school. LOTS of people are volunteering their time to make this a family event. They are paying for tickets too!

YOUR CHILDREN MAY NOT REMEMBER ALL OF THOSE OTHER THINGS IN 20 YEARS BUT THEY WILL REMEMBER THE FUN YOU HAD AS A FAMILY.

Making family memories is something you do not get a DO OVER with. Just do it!

motherjanegoose

October 28th, 2011
7:25 am

comment gone…TWG can you find it?

Depends on...

October 28th, 2011
7:39 am

…how many tickets each ride requires. If most require 2 tickets, you get 6 rides/activities; if they cost less or more, well, you do the math. Then determine how many “rides” your children may use, and you have your answer as to whether the $12 for unlimited stuff. With your youngest, the individual stuff may be the better way to go,

But to answer your question, it still “depends”…are the rides “County fair” quality, or just crummy stuff? Overall, the $12 sounds like a bargain – we recently had our Fall County Fair where, on unlimited ride days, the bracelet cost $18 the first day they had it, and $20 the second day they had unlimited rides; most rides were $3 – $4 each if bought with individual $1 tickets…

KAW

October 28th, 2011
7:39 am

We are in Cobb County and our school charged the same as mentioned in your post for the Fall Festival. I felt like the carnival games were more appropriate for the younger kids — tossing bean bags into buckets, etc. My fourth grader did a couple games but had no interest in the bounce house, etc. She wanted to just hang out with her friends. Wish I knew that goign in and I would not have spent money on the wristband.

karin

October 28th, 2011
7:42 am

. Perhaps you should just stay home and have your own pumpkin walk on your front lawn.

pws

October 28th, 2011
7:53 am

MJG, I just read the earlier blog about homemade halloween costumes. My mom and I made all of my girls costumes when they were growing up, and I have kept them all. The last one we made, my youngest was in 8th grade. She is now in her first year of medical school, and she called about two weeks ago and asked if we could make her one more costume, it seems they are going to the children’s hopsital for halloween, and were told they could come in costume. Her 80 year old grandmother was more excited than she was, about being asked to make another costume. Together, we made a “Wendy” from Peter Pan outfit, complete with the big blue hairbow. I put it in the mail on Monday, and can’t wait to see the pictures. Grandmother’s only request for payment was that she got to see lots of pictures! We get to dress up at work as long as it is in good taste, and my older daughter has assisted me in making my costume this year. We are both engineers, and we have used our engineering skills to construct a costume that she says should win first place in the contest! We will see if that happens on Monday……, but it has been a really fun experience working with my oldest daughter. She thinks it’s funny that her mom is still into costumes at 55 years old!

CPT

October 28th, 2011
7:54 am

This needs to be put in perspective – if this is the school’s only fund raiser, then $12 per child seems more than reasonable. But if this is just one of a string of fund raisers where parents are constantly asked for money, then I can understand getting a bit annoyed.

why did you have kids?

October 28th, 2011
7:57 am

You ever thought that maybe you don’t have to take your kids to everything that comes along. We rarely went to many events, other than the fair.

Abeya

October 28th, 2011
8:01 am

Tonight is my granddaughter’s first Halloween event at school……$20 for her costume $30.00 for cakes/donations for her class to raise money…..$10.00 for tickets for her to play…..Anticipation on my little Butterfly Fairy tonight…..Absolutley priceless.

Dennis

October 28th, 2011
8:06 am

Does anybody else just wish school groups (and everyone else you do fundraising for) would come out with a “True Cost of Participation”? We know that the fundraisers (and they come in many sizes and shapes) help defray costs – but most of us also know that the percentage of funds that the organization receives varies.

I’d rather kick in $20 more in registration costs that goes 100% to the organization versus participating in a fundraiser where a third party takes up to 50%.

DJ_Superstar

October 28th, 2011
8:06 am

@Abeya: Yeah, keep drinking that kool aid.

motherjanegoose

October 28th, 2011
8:19 am

@pws…great story…thanks for sharing. Are you in the metro? I am home for the next 2 months and perhaps YOU would like to join me for lunch? It may be dangerous….lol….but others have lived to tell about it! You can contact TWG and she can get back with me.

Hope your daughter is doing well in medical school. My son has 3 more semesters after this one.
He looks AWFUL most of the time, to me, as he is SO tired from all of the studying. I hope he can hang in there.

HB

October 28th, 2011
8:37 am

“Now you could go and only buy a certain amount of tickets but I just think you’re opening yourself up to fight with your kids instead of having fun.”

I’m sorry, but this is pathetic. You need the school to come up with an unlimited activity price that fits your budget because it’s too difficult for you to set limits with your kids?! Wow.

mom2alex&max

October 28th, 2011
8:42 am

Dennis: don’t even get me started on those stupid fundraisers. For 2 years in a row our school PTA has done that idiotic Boosterthon. OMG. If you haven’t lived through it, you have no idea just how time-wasting,idiotic, moronic, and non-sensical that BS is. You basically pay for your kid to run laps around the track field. The company keeps 48% of the money. Oh yes you read that right. Plus all the time wasted on the pep-rally, the going to the classrooms and interrupting class EVERY SINGLE EFFING day, and the final run adds up to more than 10 hours of wasted instruction time. UUUUGGGHHH.

I refused to participate in that waste, i wrote a check to the PTA after the event and told them that this way, they kept it all.

JATL

October 28th, 2011
8:50 am

School fundraisers are to RAISE FUNDS! It’s not the school’s fault or choice that you have three children instead of one or that you think $36 is too much -some families won’t. The schools need the money! YOU are the mom, so you can either tell your kids that you’re only doing the pumpkin walk that’s free OR you can tell them they each get $5 (or however much you want to allow) a piece for tickets at the carnival. Even better -do your kids get allowances? My five year old starting getting an allowance when he was 4. He’s become a great saver! It completely shuts down tantrum-prone events like seeing a toy in Target when he’s tired and in a bad mood (Did you bring your allowance to buy it? Well, it’s not your birthday or Christmas, so if you want it -you’ll need to bring your money next time.) -The same goes for events like this: “Son, we’re going to a festival (Six Flags, Chuck E Cheese, etc.) and I’m going to give you ____ dollars to spend on tickets. That’s going to buy you X amount. If you think you want more, you need to bring some of your allowance money.” Teaching your kids good money management and that it literally doesn’t just grow in mommy and daddy’s pockets is integral to their raising and education. There’s absolutely NO reason to have a fight or tantrums with your children over this. If they don’t have any of their own money, set a limit on the amount of money you’re willing to spend, divide it three ways and let them know when it’s gone -it’s gone and you’ll be going home.

By the way -our elementary is a Title One school (meaning there are enough low-income families that we get special funding) in SE Atlanta, and our carnivals and festivals cost the same thing.

DB (the "regular" one!)

October 28th, 2011
8:58 am

Can your little one even do all the activities that the older ones can? How about bracelets for the two older ones, and a couple of dollars here and there for the little one?

motherjanegoose

October 28th, 2011
9:04 am

@ JATL…my initial comment vanished but your comment reminded me of a great point…give your kids chores to earn the money:

$5 to wipe down all baseboards in the house
$2 to fold laundry
$2 to sort laundry
$1 to clear the table and load the dishwasher
$1 to walk the dog or $2 to scoop up the poop in the yard

I used to do this all the time with my daughter. She earned $20 or $30 per month, before she had a job. Her friend’s Moms said to me, “YOU PAY HER TO DO THOSE THINGS…I CANNOT AFFORD IT!”

YES…you give your kids $$ to go to the movies and out to eat with friends ( they were 14 or so) and that ( to me) is the same except my daughter is earning her money and deciding if she can afford to join them….often she would not.

A month ago, my husband was painting my daughter’s apt. with her in Athens. A room mate came in and told him, “your daughter is very frugal and cost conscious!” My husband told me that he said, ” she gets that from her mother!”

motherjanegoose

October 28th, 2011
9:05 am

FYI…I did not do this as much with my son ( did not think of it then) and he is not generally frugal…LOL.

Betty

October 28th, 2011
9:18 am

@Carla-I feel your pain. It seems like I am constantly sending money to the school for various fundraisers, parties, teacher appreciation, etc. I personally like the carnival and would like to limit the fundraising to that one event.

mom2alex&max –I’m glad you brought up Boosterthon. I have come to dread it each year! I understand the need for fundraising but I really wish they would not give prizes to the kids for different levels. Most of the kids I know are only trying to win the prizes (which could basically be purchased for a fraction of the cost elsewhere) and they are usually lost or broken within days. I also don’t like the classroom recognition every day for the kids who earn certain prize levels. I think it just puts the kids who don’t raise as much money as others in an awkward position.

And how about the fact that every school in the metro area as well as surrounding states seems to all be participating in boosterthon? I not only have my children “begging” for donations to win prizes but then have ny nieces and nephews calling for pledges for their schools and my friends kids calling me for pledges for their schools! I feel like a bah humbug saying “no” to friend’s kids when they ask me to sponsor them but I’ll go broke supporting every school in the region, even though I know it takes guts to go out there asking. But I won’t let my own kids bother the neighbors and my friends for donations so I really don’t like to sponsor other people’s kids either. (why do I feel so guilty about this?)

Stacey

October 28th, 2011
9:27 am

In years past, everything at my son’s elementary school Fall Festival was 50 cents each except the gift basket raffle tickets and pizza slices were $1. The parents were asked to donate things such as bags of candy & party favors for the prizes, canned sodas (to be sold), whipped cream for the pie in teachers face game, etc. They broke it down by class and sent a note home at the beginning of October to give parents plenty of time to send in their item (Mrs. MJG’s class bring a bag of candy, Ms. JJ’s class bring 6 pack of soda).

This year, they still asked for the donated item but sold tickets (25 cents in advance, 50 cents at the door) but the kicker was 80% of the games required 4 tickets! I we didn’t buy advanced tickets because we had a prior committment and weren’t sure we could make it. As someone else pointed out, most of the activities are for kids 7 and younger so my 5th grader wasn’t interested in a lot of things. He says he had fun but his $10 worth of tickets lasted about 20 minutes (I told him to wait and eat once he got home) and his prizes amounted to a blow pop and a couple of pieces of Laffy Taffy.

JATL

October 28th, 2011
9:29 am

@MJG -great ideas! My oldest (and soon my youngest) can work a Swiffer duster masterfully! I think it’s great to get them at the ages when they think it’s fun and they enjoy being helpful and vacuuming, dusting, taking out trash, etc. I wish my parents had been better at teaching me money management throughout my life. I learned many valuable and costly lessons in my 20s! I also find that my oldest (the youngest just turned 3, so these things are barely just starting to sink in and matter with him), truly does seem to enjoy things more when he’s thought about it, saved the money and used his own funds. It gives him a feeling of accomplishment.

JJ

October 28th, 2011
10:06 am

No more than $5 per person.

oneofeach4me

October 28th, 2011
10:13 am

My son’s school just had their fall festival. They wanted $12 for each wristband and food was additional. I spent $10.00 bucks in tickets, and split it between my son and my daughter. Then spent 2 bucks on popcorn. We were there an hour, and once the tickets were done, it was time to go. See… I also knew that the fall DANCE’s were coming up (one tonight and one next Friday) so I knew I would be spending more money in a few weeks. Do what works best for you and your budget. The kids will get over it, there will be PLENTY more festivals to partake in.

mom2alex&max

October 28th, 2011
10:19 am

Betty: you can stop feeling guilty. I consider Boosterthon the biggest scam in the history of fundraising. I had a long chat with my kids when it was starting and explained to them why we won’t be participating and taught them to stay strong during the emotional blackmail that these people do to the children (which I find UTTERLY REPREHENSIBLE). We rewarded them with little gifts like the crap they give away, we praised them every day for being strong, and at the end of the BS-filled event, we took them for a nice dinner and desert. I also wrote a scathing letter to the PTA and the school administration about it. That stupid Boosterthon makes my blood BOIL. I am seriously considering telling the school to pull my kid out of any boostercrap events next year if they do it again. They can sit in the hallway and read.

My friend and I talked about this and she was concerned about our children being subjected to ridicule if they did this, but I told her that it might be an excellent opportunity to teach them that sometimes you have to stand up for what you believe is wrong..even if it means standing up alone.

UGH, I can’t type about this anymore. It drives me crazy.

ABC

October 28th, 2011
10:57 am

@mom2alex&max and @Betty–I am so with you on Boosterthon. The whole thing just reeks of a scam. The fact that Boosterthon takes almost half the funds off the top, the missed instruction time, the asking for money, the interrupting class to hand out stupid prizes that will not only break but will make the kids who haven’t contributed feel like crap. There are so many things wrong with this, yet every elementary school in North Fulton and beyond seem to have drunk the Kool-aid as far as this program goes.
I plan to write to our PTA this year since it was the 3rd year of this thing, and very politely state my concerns. Maybe if more people do that, we and our kids won’t be subjected to this nonsense next years.
As for carnivals, if the cost is too high, don’t go. I think $12 is reasonable for an unlimited amount of rides.

catlady

October 28th, 2011
11:18 am

The most important things your kids can learn, Theresa, is to live within your means, and to make decisions based on limitations. This would be a great opportunity to have the kids make CHOICES on what they do, not “anything goes because we can afford it.” And I sure would not back away from the parent role because the kids might not like it–might fight. If they do, leave. It is that simple. A few times of that, consistently, and the squabbling would decrease!

I know one time two of mine were squabbling over whose ice cream cone was bigger. I stopped the car and threw both of the cones out the wind. Problem solved, both long term and short term.

motherjanegoose

October 28th, 2011
11:32 am

@ catlady HAHA! We have a family story about my husband throwing my son’s play dough out too. They learn things really quickly!

KAW

October 28th, 2011
11:39 am

I agree with everyone about the Boosterthon! I would and did just write a check to the school Foundation, so they received the full amount.

However, to point one thing out….my brother’s school in East Cobb decided not to do the BoosterThon last year and run the program themselves. They raised (took home) half as much money as they did with the BoosterThon group running it.

GAGirl

October 28th, 2011
12:07 pm

Oh to answer the orignal question, if the games and rides at the carnival are decent, then $12 seems like a good deal. Also, it would seem that your youngest would get in free. We are the parents of an only, so she does get to do a bit more and honestly, I don’t know how large families (my neighbors have 5 kids each) do it. I really don’t.

catlady

October 28th, 2011
12:38 pm

My school’s carnival is much cheaper–I think $5. Of course, we are a Title1 school with 75% free lunch.

When I was in grad school (and we were very, very poor) I gave the kids $3 each and told them to make it last. Then, we went home.

JJ

October 28th, 2011
1:03 pm

When my daughter was in Elementary school, they did a “Fall Family Fesitval” There wern’t any rides, but they did have storytelling, cake walks, roasted marshmellows, had hot chocolate, made ’smores, had a small bonfire, and there may have been one or two “bouncy” things, etc. The story telling was fun, because all the kids were in their jammies, and brought blankets and pillows, and were told age approrpirate ghost stories….Too cute. It cost about $5.00 per kid. But that was about 10 years ago…..

pws

October 28th, 2011
2:24 pm

I agree with MJG on her post about the memories are made, and not so much by the things that cost a lot of money. My girls are just now appreciating all the costumes that my mom made for them to wear to their school festivals. I remember telling my mom once that they were going to remember her for all the time she spent making them look “special” and that has come true, they both love to look back at all the pictures from those festivals and halloween. Walsh will remember your husband helping him make his costume this year, and it’s that memory he will cherish in about 15 more years. I remember our school festivals costing around 8 dollars a kid for the bracelet, but that was 12 years ago, so I imagine that would be around 12 dollars in todays world. That 8 dollars included playing all the games for as many times as time allowed for in a four hour window. Our kids also got an allowance, and we would ask them to contribute some of their money for these type events, we would pay half, and they would pay half. It’s amazing how many times they changed their minds about wanting something when we told them they would need to pay for it with their own money! We did the same thing on family vacations, they would save their own money to spend on souveniers, and when it was their money they were using, their choices tended to be more conservative. Like MJG, I think a lot of people think that things like cable tv, IPods, etc are necessities, when they really are not. An emergency room intern wrote a letter to president Obama, explaining to him about the patient he was treating in the emergency room had the latest IPOD, designer jeans, and a lap top computer but no health insurance. It’s like MJG stated, that person had made a choice not to spend money on health insurance. I know, that’s not all of our problems with health insurance, but it is part of it.

MJG, I’ll get with TWG and try to meet you for lunch sometime.

Denise

October 28th, 2011
3:02 pm

I think it’s just like with anything else. It’s not a matter of what something costs; it’s a matter of what you can afford. For some, $36 for an evening is no big deal, for some it is. It’s a family budget thing. I also think it’s a matter of how many times you have to go to the till for these fundraisers. If it’s once or twice per semester, maybe you can suck it up and go but if it’s every other month then maybe you have to skip something and teach the kids that they can’t go to everything they want to go to and have to make choices. Heck, as working adults we make choices everyday on what we can and cannot do based on finances and schedules/what we want to spend out time on. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to teach the kids.

I was a fairly (overly?) serious kid and I thought about money way more than I should have so sometimes I wouldn’t ask for things I wanted because I knew we couldn’t afford it. (I knew what food stamps were and that everybody didn’t have to go to the housing authority to sign up for a place to live. This is when we moved during one of the many break-up-to-make-ups that my parents did.) I was seldom told no because somebody made it work – usually my grandparents – but it was hard knowing that my mama couldn’t make it work on her own all the time. (Yes, Daddy paid child support each month but we went to private school. When parents think you’re smarter than the teachers in the public schools they put you in private school, right? But whatever.) Like I said, I knew too dang much even when no one was trying to “teach” me anything. (Listening to grown folks conversations!!) But I’m pretty frugal now so I guess I learned something besides how to stress myself about money along the way.

Fred

October 29th, 2011
12:49 am

The title is misleading. It’s not a ’school event,” it’s a damn carnival type thing. It’s hard for me to comment because my child goes to Woodward and we don’t (or haven’t so far) do mickey mouse BS like this. A school event is a school event and should NOT be mixed with a fund raising carnival. $12 bucks for a carnival is a pretty good price. The ones I take my daughter to are $20 or so usually.

I think it’s crappy of the school to combine two separate events, but then you ARE in the land of opportunistic Republicans and Baptists. All types of clipping are fair game for those two groups. And if you resist, you are either a damn communist or a godless heathen.

Sorry Theresa, you are just screwed. Ever think of moving?

getreal

October 29th, 2011
11:16 pm

There are 2 types of people in the world – those that volunteer for things like the PTA and do all the work and those that complain about it. It seems many of you commenting are the latter. The school does need the PTA to raise money. Our school PTA subsidizes art, music, field trips and usually buys one big thing a year like playground equipment or gym equipment. So we sit around and brainstorm and some people are never happy with what we come up with, but they don’t offer any better ideas. We did the FundRun b/c everyone was sick of selling wrapping paper and candy. Yes, the co. takes 30-35% but we barely got enough volunteers to help them run the event much less our school do it on our own. If you don’t want to participate, then don’t but don’t act like some crime is being perpetrated against you b/c other kids are winning/buying prizes. That’s life. As for the festival, our school does it FOR FUN! It raises very little money when it’s all said and done and takes more work than anything else we do all year, but when we took a year off everyone went nuts. They all complained about how much they missed it. If it wasn’t for all the local businesses donating money to be “sponsors” the whole thing wouldn’t make a dime. Again, not a plot against you to make you feel bad or make you spend money against your will. I’m the boss in my house, not my kid. If I can’t afford something oh well, we are not going to be doing it. As for the complaining about having three kids to pay for – I can’t afford three kids, either so I didn’t have three kids. Everyone chooses the expenses they create in their life and how to spend their money. My husband and I both have 10 year old cars and we don’t complain about it b/c that’s our choice. We have spent our money on other things the last few years rather than buy a new car. Some people just thing they are entitled to live like kings and anything less and someone has done something to them. Whatever.

mom2alex&max

October 30th, 2011
10:33 am

What an interesting assumption. How you do know whether I volunteer or not. You don’t.

Regardless of my volunteer hour count, I have every right as a parent to complain about something that I find to be an incredible waste of classroom time and a gigantic SCAM. And by the way the boosterton takes 48% of your money, not 30-35%.

getreal

October 30th, 2011
10:59 am

Not directed specifically at you – what a know it all. BTW, I said FundRun takes 30-35% because that is the company our school used and that’s what they charged. Not correcting anyone on boosterthon. You seem angry.

Carla

October 30th, 2011
11:45 am

Glad to see I’m not the only one frustrated with the “fundraising” programs. I volunteer in the classroom for most parties and fieldtrips..provide a dish for teacher appreciation and usually a couple of holiday things. Last year I felt guilty that my son had not sold anything for the fundraiser so we bought a couple of the less expensive items. One item arrived broke and the replacement broke a month later…the second item was just junk and we threw it out. This year We didn’t even open the folder and explained to our son why we were not participating this year. I don’t want him bothering our family, friends and neighbors to get them to buy junk that we won’t buy either. And the little cheap prizes…please! I can get him a plastic spider next time I’m in the dollar store. No, make that a BAG of plastic spiders. After going to the fair for 4 years in a row we didn’t see the point of spending the money this year. The “rides” amount to a few bounce houses and a slide. The games are for the LITTLE kids….so we had our own carnival at home…Carved pumpkins, roasted the seeds, watched scary movies and made popcorn…..all told…spent less than $20 for four kids and two adults…the memories created…priceless!

motherjanegoose

October 30th, 2011
4:59 pm

I have,in the past, sent in a check for $25 to just be donated to fundraisers. I am happy to do my part in the contribution area but I do NOT need any candles, wrapping paper, popcorn or magazine subscriptions. I just bought a $5 raffle ticket from a nice young man ( about 15) who rang our door bell last night. He was on the HS hockey team. I asked him to step inside, as it was cold out. He came in and pet our dog while I went to get some $$. I laughed as I headed up the stairs and said, ” don’t worry, I am not going to kidnap you…mine are both in college.” He was clean cut and pleasant! He left with a, ” It was nice meeting you!” Now that was worth $5, to me…good manners.

EXCEPTION…if you have coupons for BOGO FREE restaurants, I am always up for those!

oneofeach4me

October 31st, 2011
10:10 am

I know this is late.. but when I was out the other day I thought about what kind of fundraiser works for schools. When I was in school, for sports programs, we sold boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Who wouldn’t want those? lol

motherjanegoose

October 31st, 2011
8:10 pm

HAHA..not me..I went to Dunkin Donuts today. I could go the rest of my life without a Krispy Kreme…they do not do a thing for me.

Glenis

November 2nd, 2011
3:37 pm

@Dennis, Im with you …. I realize that the burden of cost is based on how many kids you have. Wait until they get to high school when they participate in Band, Orchestra, Cheers leading gym or football. That requires a second mortgage (just kidding).