PTA fundraisers

As a former PTA president, I tend to be defensive about the hard-working volunteers who give so much of themselves to improve schools…but when it comes to PTA fundraisers, well, that’s another story.

At our elementary school, we always searched for options that would give us more than the 40% most fundraising organizations offer schools: if a student sold $10 worth of wrapping paper or peanuts, our school earned $4.

I’ve often thought if parents contribute $10 or $20 that would actually go to the school, kids wouldn’t need to beg neighbors, friends and family to buy magazines and nuts. But since back-to-school costs have skyrocketed, and parents are already stocking classrooms with kleenex and pencils, adding another donation doesn’t seem like an answer, either.

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