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?