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post #81 of 86
My DD sells girl scout cookies and she's 5. She goes up to the door with me standing behind her and she makes her pitch. She sold hundreds of boxes like that this year and raised a ton of money that her troop really needed since some of the kids can't afford to do some of the things the other girls are doing and need the troop to sponsor them in order to go. If they had been selling frozen cookie dough or plastic junk I wouldn't have let her participate but for girl scout cookies I'm ok with it. While walking around the neighborhood we had people pulling over in their cars to ask to order since they had been tipped off that there was a girl scout walking around.

If DD didn't want to sell the cookies she wouldn't have to. I don't think any school or organization should force kids to sell. If they want to sell to help other kids then that's great but it should never be required.

When I was a kid my Catholic school had one fundraiser every year and it was candy bars. The school bought them for 50¢ each and we sold them for $1 per bar. There was no requirement to sell any but it did get very competative (sp?) between the kids and the class that sold the most got to wear regular clothes one day instead of their uniform.

I take issue with school fundraisers partly because we homeschool. We already pay taxes to fund the schools, we shouldn't have to buy wrapping paper to subsidize them too. It makes me want to start going door to door selling trinkets at a 500% markup to buy my kids books or trips to the zoo but we don't because we pay for what our kids need and don't ask others to foot the bill. I have never felt guilty for saying no to a kid selling stuff.

I guess I don't understand why activities can't be pay your own way. When I was in high school everything had a fee. If you wanted to be on the baseball team you had to pay a certain amount plus rent your uniform from the school and buy your own t-shirt. You also had to own your own glove and bat since the school didn't supply them. I'm sure there were kids who couldn't afford it, one year I couldn't be on the swim team because we didn't have the money but that's the way the world works. Why has this changed? Why are kids now expecting others to give them money to do these things? Inexpensive things should be paid for by the school, they get an average of $8000 per student. I have about $2000 to homeschool two kids and we are able to do most everything we want plus we use up to date textbooks and consumable workbooks. That amount includes extracurriculars and lessons. Why can't schools make this happen with 8x that amount in tax money to play with? Maybe schools taking the time to eliminate wasteful spending would allow them to fund projects without fundraising.

I really don't like kids raising money for fun extras or trips, like school ski clubs raising money to buy lift tickets - I'd like to go skiing too but it's expensive, if these kids want to go they need to earn the money themselves since they are usually teenagers anyway and could at least babysit or mow lawns for the money. Panhandling is the other annoying thing, no matter how many times you shake that coffee can in my face in front of the grocery store to raise money to buy you and your swim team new jackets I am not going to put my change in it, what's wrong with the jacket you're already wearing?
post #82 of 86
I am glad that while dd's charter school is POOR and has to fund raise at least the core values of the school are reflected in the fund raising choices.
We had:
*usborn book fair
*koru catalog http://korufundraising.com/
with organic spices, organic body products, reuseable bags etc
*and a WAHM who did the school pictures (which turned out so beautiful and not cruddy like normal big name school pics)

I also did a fund raiser for the school where i bought 400 hand made fair trade finger puppets @ a little under $1 each and sold them for $2 each. I made the school over $300 and the items were something the kids liked, were used for gifts, and were aligned with the school values. I donated the unsold puppets to a local shelter a few days before xmas so all the kids in the shelter had one gift to open.

We have talked about charging a school fee each year for the students so that there doesnt have to be as much fund raising. The school uses a lot of really nice materials (beeswax crayons, water colors, wool yarns etc) so the parents hardly have any supplies to buy. I think i spent under $10 on school supplies this year - had to get a box of bandaids, a pack of printing paper and a box of ziplock bags. At the local public school i would have to buy between 50-100 worth of supplies. So, i wouldnt mind spending the $50-100 supply fee instead of as many fund raisers.
post #83 of 86
"Yes... she goes to a Catholic school... and yes they do not have enough money to operate, hence them not having a music or art teacher....

But then they should raise their tuition, not have some unattainable fundraising goal to meet that the parents end up writing a check out for anyway.

Seriously, DSD would have to sell thousands of dollars of crap to meet her goal... and let's be realistic... she is 5, so she isn't selling anything... her parents are."



My dd also goes to a religious nonprofit school. And I would like them to charge what it costs upfront. If they were to have a scholarship fund for students who couldn't afford the standard rate, I'd be happy as heck to fundraise for THAT.
post #84 of 86
My niece's public school was really heavy on the fundraisers in the beginning of the year but they've slowed right down since before Halloween. For the most part I don't mind it but I HATE HATE HATE those "prize" sheets they send home with the kids. Try explaining to a 4 year old that the remote control car she wants to win requires over $1000 in sales and we don't know nearly enough people to make that even a remote possibility.
post #85 of 86
Our neighborhood doesnt allow people to go door-to-door selling stuff (anything at all).

I do buy girl scout cookies (like 1 box a year), because they taste good.


I'd rather do something like volunteer at the school vs. buy random junk. In my first 2 years of college I spent 450 hours tutoring in elementary schools in southern california, great experence for me (Im working on a teaching degree), great for the kids, and great for the teachers.
post #86 of 86
Fundraising doesn't bother me.

Private schools, IMO, are businesses. If they build it into the financial model for the kids, so be it. You have a choice to send your kids or not. What's the difference between adding a couple of hundred to the tuition vs fundraising a couple of hundred? Half dozen of one, six of the other.

My DD sells cookies for Guides and loves it. Life skills, counting money, learning a sales pitch, pride in selling, learning how to be heard. I don't see anything wrong. And people around here love to buy the cookies - never seen a grumpy person once.

Public schools - obviously underfunded, and typically fundraising benefits the school as a whole, which benefits my kids. Can't really see anything wrong with this.
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