learning to sell

I am so peeved at our elementary school and the non-stop fundraising that I am going to sleep on it for a day before I write them a letter about how ridiculously out-of-control this has become. Poor, sweet Noah gets a big sales pitch about how great each and every fundraiser is and how easy it will be to sell the stuff-of-the-moment. He comes home all excited, tries so hard and fails miserably. I put my heart into his Boy Scout popcorn sale and Sarah's cookie sales but the school has pushed me too far. Just at Noah's elementary school this year we have had PTA capital campaign, book orders, book fair, school carnival, pancake breakfast, coupon books, pies, change jar collection and now magazines. Sadly, this won't be the last one this year. Elementary age children should not be asked to participate in more than two fundraisers each year and if the school is too stupid to realize that, maybe our over-bearing, big brother of a government needs to put a leash on this. Have adults sell, but leave my children alone!

Anybody want to buy a &%#@ magazine subscription?

11 thoughts on “learning to sell

  1. I wind up buying all the crap from my kids. They don’t even get excited about it (but they’re pretty young, still)

    One thing that kinda bugs me is that the fund raisers our school does are for things like books and playground equipment. I’m sure I’m living in a cloud or something, but I thought I paid a fortune in taxes (along with everyone else in town) to BUY schools stuff like books and playground equipment. Silly me!

    My school also spent a huge chunk of money putting in a fence where I felt one was not needed, just so the parents that are using the street as a drag strip (in spite of the fact that it runs next to the school ONLY, no houses, no businesses, no other reason to be on the street) can feel safer knowing that their SUV won’t get hit by a child running after a soccer ball.

  2. I hate the way the schools have turned the kids into Amway salespeople…it’s just sad.

    I also hate how they convince the kids they must sell all this crap with pie in the sky promises.

    I will admit as a single person at church, I am a prime target for the sales pitches. I have a rule–I only buy a coupon book and a box or two fo Girl Scout cookies a year. Tht’s it..nothing else. So don’t ask.

  3. Been there done that. I was the PTA (parent teacher association)president and had a person in charge of finding the best junk we could sell (here to known as the fundraiser.) It was expected that we do huge amounts of fundraising, and was the main function of what was perceived as a good PTA.
    In Texas we pay lots of property taxes which go to our schools. Why the PTAs are expected to raise huge amounts of money was beyond me.
    Did you get the idea that PTA president is a one term job. 🙂

  4. Preach it sister!

    Last year, our elem. school ripped out a perfectly good playground and put in a new one. They had a MANDATORY fundraiser to get money for that, each parent was OBLIGATED to sell at least one box of candy or send cash. So the kids get a new playground, whatever. This year we all get a note from school with a really sad story – turns out there was a kid in school with a congenital disease, he was very sick, no one expected him to live for ten years, but he did, and then sadly he passed away. He liked the slides and he liked the color purple. The letter then says that the purple slide with a memorial plate attached to it has already been ordered, and the parents need to raise something like fifteen hundred dollars to pay for it. I just went ballistic. How dare they use the memory of a dead kid to make us pay for a purple slide that nobody needs (remember they just got a brand new playground with slides and all). How dare they blackmail their students into hitting their parents up for money. Oh well, my son will be graduating from this school in 100 days (yes, I’m counting).

    Did I just do a post on your post?… sorry about that!

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