Few things annoy me more than when the kids have school fundraisers and more money goes to the fundraising company than to the actual school.
Actually, that doesn’t annoy me so much.
It really just pisses me off.
So do the fundraisers where people are asked to buy 3 square feet of wrapping paper for $19.
AND SO DO THE FUNDRAISERS WHERE YOUR KIDS ARE BRIBED WITH SHITTY PLASTIC PRIZES.
Oh, those shitty prizes REALLY piss me off.
I’ve been vocal about my hatred of these fundraisers.
I’m probably more outspoken about them than the average person because when you have five kids in three different schools and there are multiple fundraisers at some of those schools and a $30 taco boat is one of the items for sale in the ridiculously overpriced catalog of stupid garbage to buy, that’s where the line is crossed.
So when a friend asked me to be on the fundraising committee for Number 6 and 7’s school, I felt obliged to say yes.
Because, if you can believe it, there is one thing that is EVEN MORE annoying than overpriced, plastic tchotchke-pushing fundraisers that raise more money for the fundraising company than for your actual school —
PEOPLE WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT THINGS AND THEN DO NOTHING TO HELP MAKE CHANGE.
THAT is really fucking annoying.
So I joined the fundraising committee and we had our second meeting last week.
We are running the fundraiser ourselves so 100% of the money collected goes to our school.
We decided on a color run for the kids.
At our most recent meeting we made a ton of progress and had a lot of the details hammered out.
We were all pretty excited.
And then we got a letter from the school district’s medical director letting us know we can’t do a color run due to health and safety concerns (mostly for kids with asthma and allergies).
This means we are back to the drawing board as far as what exactly we are going to do for the fundraiser.
We’d like it to be something fun and active and outside.
So while we are brainstorming, I thought, why not ask the Not Your Average Mom community?
Maybe your kids’ schools have done a really cool fundraising activity?
This is for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students. And it will be in May when the weather is (hopefully) warmer.
Our middle school does a walkathon, and we need to do something different than that.
If you have any suggestions or any experience with activities that have been successful with your schools, things you didn’t mind so much as a fundraiser or things your kids really, truly enjoyed, I’d love to hear them.
Please leave a comment either here or on the Facebook post with any helpful ideas you might have!
And remember, if there is stuff happening in your life that you aren’t happy about, you can complain about it (which doesn’t do anything other than make you even more angry).
Or, you can be an integral part of coming up with a solution.
Sure, coming up with a solution takes energy. And time.
But so does complaining.
And at the end of the complaining day, you are left angry, frustrated, and you still have the problem.
So I’m sticking with Option A.
And I’d love any help along the way!