There's another book fair this week (we just had an online one). Students donate money to the PTA every Friday to have permission to "chew gum". My DS was very disappointed, I did not send money--despite the fact, WTH I don't want him chewing gum, so peer pressure pretty guarantees all kids bring money I guess. This week I am Supposed to find sponsors for some family relay race. The PTA is also selling dinner tickets to something else.
And the thing that really irritates me is that the authority figures have brainwashed my DS into believing, his school needs money......he'll look for items with box tops, insist we go to target. He even has been told nights that local restaurants will be giving portions of sales to the school so it encourages us to eat out!!!! He wants us to buy more books, and even accused me of not sending enough for snacks, despite the fact, I have dropped, over $59 on crackers, granola, fruit.
My mother was a teacher for 36 years; I get the the concept of needing miney for, over-worked, underpaid, low supplies, bad facilities, but honestly I do not not feel this describes our school or area. It's KG. I feel like this is what usually happens in high school............I truly woud rather just stoke another check and quit with all the ridiculous fundraising BS. I work, I have enough to do, rather than keep track of chili dinners and collect relay sponsors. Is it like this everywhere? Holy hell, by the time I have 3 bringing home these requests, I just might explode!