Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The School Fundraising Conundrum

I did it. I became one of those parents. I posted a link on Facebook to a school fundraiser on behalf of my daughter's school.

Sophie goes to public school. It is a charter school but public none-the-less. We live in the district in which she goes to school. I pay taxes in Colorado. That should be good enough, right? Maybe.

I, like most parents with kids in public school, am inundated with flyers and emails and other propaganda trying to get Sophie (so me by proxy) to raise money for her school. They sell candles and books and any number of other items all in the name of fundraising. I could send Sophie to private school for less than it would cost me to buy from or donate to the school every time the opportunity presented itself (only a slight exaggeration).

It is a sad state of affairs when public schools are basically begging for additional funds to finance the education of the students in their care. The school Sophie attends is an upper middle class school that has good test scores and strong parental support. There are literally no multi-family homes within the school boundaries. Even within the artificially erected middle class socio-economic border of her school, there is not enough funding to educate the students.

My voter registration indicates Independent. I am an odd mixture. On morality, gun control, and fiscal issues, I fall mostly into the conservative camp. On environmental, educational, and healthcare issues I probably lean a little left of center. I try to see both sides of every story. Even so, it seems to me that schools are very often on the short end of the stick.

Back to the posting of the fundraiser to Facebook... When Holly died and I needed to make some changes regarding school for Sophie, the school was an immense help in making that happen. Above and beyond what I think would have been normal. I am grateful for what they did. Because of that I want to try and give back... something. I can't volunteer because I work. I don't want to sell my friends cookie dough or wrapping paper or anything else for that matter. So what did I do? I posted a link to sponsor Sophie in running laps for her school. It is a healthy endeavor and all of the money goes directly to the school.

Almost everyone I know has kids of their own. They have their own fundraisers and school funding issues to worry about. I didn't expect anyone to donate but I was moved that some did. Wouldn't it be nice if we didn't have to ask...

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