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Just a Thought - I need break from school fundraisers
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Each school year, students across the nation peddle their way to success by selling products to raise money for their schools and to pay for extracurricular activities.  

When school goes back into session, the avalanche of fundraisers will rev up once again. Guaranteed. Even if you do not have a school-age child yourself, you'll soon be finding yourself shelling out money for raffle tickets, discount cards, magazine subscriptions, cookie dough and wrapping paper. That list could go on and on. 

I’ve purchased and paid more than I can ever accurately calculate. I’m sure you have too, because it’s amazingly difficult to look at these kids and say, “No.” I’ve purchased items that I knew I would never use. I have, in my possession, a small, serrated curved knife desijm   gned to be used on grapefruit. Awesome, but I don’t eat grapefruit! If you eat grapefruit and a need a knife, give me a call. Wouldn’t take much to talk me out of that little jewel, which I purchased from one of those magazines.

What always bothers me is this: While I do not know any exact numbers, I would wager – an easy win – that those fundraisers add up to billions (billions with a B) of dollars for those product makers. Meager amounts await the hard work of students for their endeavors.

Part of me just wants to make a donation to the student’s endeavor or club. At least that way, 100% of my money will go to the students and zero to the businesses looking to cash in on that student’s hard work and their school’s need for additional funding. 

I’m definitely in favor of students learning the value of money, like getting part-time jobs during the school year or full-time summer jobs when school is not in session. My daughter worked at Gilley Pool every summer from when she was 15 or 16. She has a wonderful work ethic. If she doesn’t go to work, she’s very sick. Absolutely just like her mother. 

Even just a part-time job teaches a teenager responsibility. More importantly, it raises their awareness as to how difficult it is to earn money and how quickly it can be spent. It’s a vicious cycle. Money really doesn’t grow on trees or sprout from a parent’s wallet like magic. 

Back to the subject …

Each school year, students work feverishly to support their school-related extracurricular activities. They raise what they can to buy what the school system doesn’t supply, like uniforms and trips to club-related district and state conventions. 

Here’s my question: Given that the school system has millions of dollars in funds that must be used on projects, can it spare any money to help these students and maybe give them a break from fundraising efforts? I think it might be time for a break, if possible, for the students, their parents, and the community.

Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.