Theresa's Mixed Nuts: School Fund Raising

Thursday, September 27, 2012

School Fund Raising

I'm just going to come out and say it. I hate fund raisers. It seems that for the past 9 years my kids come home at least three times a year with fundraising forms from the school. Maybe I'm like the Grinch, but I have tossed every one of those forms in the trash as soon as they are taken out of the backpacks. I remember when I was a kid in school, they would work us up on selling overpriced stuff with the promise of fabulous prizes when you sell so many items. I would come home, work the neighborhood all week, would have several hundred dollars in sales, then would only qualify for some pencil toppers or a tee shirt. It was so disappointing! I'm sure my experience with school fundraisers from when I was a kid are why I grumble and toss those forms out now. Yes, I understand that the schools depend on this money for extra items that aren't covered in the budget. I try to make up for it by sending in Boxtops For Education and Campbell's Soup labels when we have them, and I always send in requested items that the teachers say they are in need of. In all honesty though, I would rather just cut a check for what they need than hit up my friends and family for $10 rolls of wrapping paper.

I have managed to go 9 full years without any hissy fits from my kids about their fundraisers. Up until this month. Mariah will be going on a trip to Washington D.C. with her class this school year. She has been looking forward to this trip for years! As we were sitting in the meeting, they did a rundown of the itinerary. Museum trips, tour of the White House, and a special visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. While there, 4 students will be selected to put a wreath on the tomb. How are the 4 students selected? By fundraising of course. It's too bad they don't go by grades. Mariah has busted her butt all through middle school to have straight A's. 4.0 GPA and she takes honors classes. But, money makes the world go round, right?

This is the first time she has ever stood her ground and said this was important to her. She wants to be one of the 4 to place that wreath on the tomb on Easter Sunday. As much as I hate fundraising, I am now a mom on a mission. We start brainstorming a plan to raise as much money as possible so she will get to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity. In the 2 weeks she had to sell car wash tickets she was able to sell out 4 booklets and get $60 in donations from our neighbors alone. She made over $250 by herself! Thankfully they were all prepay since it rained the day of the carwash lol.





Mariah is now getting her first lesson in working for what you want. So far, we are in the top spot for money earned. We still have a chicken sale fundraiser next month, so we will have to get back out there are kick butt again to make this happen. Keep your fingers crossed for us :)


Do your kids do school fundraising? Have they gotten any cool prizes as a result of being a top earner?

20 comments:

  1. I absolutely hate fundraisers. I can't bring myself to beg family and friends to buy over priced stuff just so the school can make a few cents on everything sold.

    One fundraiser my kids' school does is a raffle for a new car. The local boardwalk puts it on every year for all the schools in the area. The grand prize is a choice of a prius, outback, or $25,000 cash. This is the only fundraiser that I will bug friends and family about. This one pretty much sells itself.

    We are fundraising for my son for an education opportunity next summer. He applied for a cardiothoracic surgical internship at Stanford. Its a 4 week course with a price tag of $5800. He's stepped up and its working his butt off to raise the money.

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    1. Woah! I won't gripe about the $700 cost of our trip after seeing your price tag lol. That will be a really wonderful opportunity for him though and will hopefully get some doors opened for future opportunities! Good luck to your son!

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  2. Box tops, oh my GOSH (Slaps Head, thanks you profusely!). My son's school is having a box tops contest (Boys vs. Girls) and I have to turn ours in by tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My general opinion on fundraisers is akin to your own, just yesterday I tossed the tenth one we've received this year (guestimating), but every once in awhile one pops up that I support.

    Good luck to you guys on yours, it sounds like a mission worth funding. I hope your daughter gets to place one of the four wreaths.

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    1. Thanks Rosey! I hope she is one of the 4 too. I really want her to see that her hard work will pay off in the end.

      Our schools make sure we remember those boxtops. They are always sending reminders home with the kids. I sometimes wonder how much money they are out on the cost of paper to remind us about the boxtops. It probably all just evens itself out lol. Good luck to your son in winning the contest!

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  3. i remember last year, we participated in a fund raiser for one of my granddaughter's---i think we ordered about $40 worth of stuff for her to get an award and a t-shirt!! but it was worth it--good luck :)

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    1. Thanks Lynn! Glad your granddaughter's fundraising experience was a good one for her!

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  4. When I was in middle school I was top seller on magazines!! And got to ride in a limo.

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    1. My sister won the limo ride too. I was so jealous! And I have yet to ride in one still!

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  5. Oh good! Glad to hear someone else hates the fundraisers too. Really, they are a pain in the behind. The school only gets a percentage, it isn't even worth the time or the effort. The kids gets the parents to buy, the parents pushes it on their friends, otherwise, they buy it themselves if possible. It isn't a good system. I think the best way in this day and age is to let the kids earn and come up with the money themselves. If you consider the time and the manpower that has to be put to moving the items or raffle tickets or what not, it is more expensive to do fundraisers! I rather pay for it myself.

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    1. I agree! I hate making the kids do all that work for such a little pay off to the school. I like the school carnivals where all the profits go to the school, but market orders and such, it's just not worth it!

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  6. I hate fundraisers too. I feel awful asking family and neighbors to buy something so overpriced, even if it's for a good cause.

    That's too bad that Mariah needs to use the fundraiser as a way to be one of the one's chosen to hang the wreath. Going by grades would have been a much better.

    I wish her luck and hope she's one of the chosen :)

    Yes you could probably find a vintage sewing chair on Etsy, Ebay, or even yard sales. That's awesome that your husband is going to make you a sewing area!

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    1. That's what I thought too! This would be a great way to encourage kids to get good grades. I figure if more than 4 have the same gpa, then do a pick a name out of the hat deal or something!

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  7. Good luck! I hope she gets to be 1 of the 4. :)

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  8. I hate them, too. Now that I home school my children I don't have to deal with this kind of thing anymore. Not to say that is a good reason to homeschool...just a perk! Good luck and with hard work I am sure she will do well. Lots of lessons to be learned here!

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  9. I honestly hate all the fundraisers too. It would be different if it was just one once in a while, for a really important cause, but my son being in SK and bringing home forms what feels like every week is ridiculous! I hate bugging people for money, it's something I really choose not to do. BUT, if it's something that's really important and for a good cause, I'll certainly make exceptions. Good for Mariah for taking this so seriously and striving for what she wants! Although it's too bad grades aren't a factor for this, at least she's showing commitment :) I hope it works in her favour!!

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  10. Blah our daycare does fundraising too and they seem to be stuck on those ridiculously expensive giant chocolate bars. I just cannot campaign for that crap so we just end up buying a couple of cases ourselves.

    Good luck with your daughter's fundraising efforts!

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  11. When my kids were small, we had a fundraiser that simply involved making a donation to the school. It was the best!

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  12. Hello all!

    We've worked really hard at grubraise to make school fundraisers and fundraising make sense. We make it easy to feed your family while at the same supporting your child's school.

    Its really simple; the local restaurants you love schedule give back hours (often times when you typically feed your family), you order in (delivery or take out), and your child school gets a portion of each sale made during give back hours. It's 100% free, 100% of the time for schools. The food is never marked up, and is always standard menu price. Based on all averages combined, if parents and parents alone ordered from the local restaurants they love, each school will raise an additional $15,000 per year. That does not even count neighbors, co-workers, friends, etc. Here are two other standout features:

    1. It's perpetual. No set up, no organizing, it just runs as long as your favorite restaurants stay in business.

    2. It's portable. Suppose dad has a business trip out of state, he can take his support of YOUR child's school to that state when it's time to order meals on the road.

    We'd love to hear your feedback. Our phone number is on the site. It's 100% free, 100% of the time for schools.

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  13. I hate fundraisers too Theresa. They have a form at my childrens school that you can be exempt from participating in them. Your daughter's field trip sounds awesome! I too wish they rewarded kids for good grades though.

    My son had a fundraiser that I thought was pretty neat. You didn't have to buy anything. It was a scratch off card that equaled to $100 on each card. A person could scratch off a section that was worth anywhere from 20 cents up to $3.00. I liked that one much better and it went towards building a new playground.

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    1. That sounds like an interesting way to fund raise. Many people like scratch off tickets, so that is a good draw to get people to participate!

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