I am not a big fan of school fundraisers--I hate them. I hate having my kids sell junk. I hate having to juggle other peoples money. I hate not being able to afford to buy to support it. I hate the stupid prizes they offer the kids to get them so excited about the whole dang thing.
So how did I end up being the fundraiser coordinator this year? I'll tell you how! If there has to be a fundraiser--and yes, though we hate to admit it we all know there has to be at least one fundraiser--it's gotta be one that I don't think is junk, that I don't have to worry about other people paying my kids the wrong amount of money, something I can afford, with a decent prize program that my kids and every other kid in the school is gonna go crazy for! So I offered to be the fundraiser chair.
This year we sold cookie dough. The fundraiser committee pre-requisites: must come in box, must be a flat rate for all flavors, not too many options, not a lot of prizes but a few good ones. Apparently a few of the parents agreed because we grossed $18,000+! WOW!!! (last year we grossed $6,500)
The fundraiser committee and PTA board has decided that the money raised will be used to pay for student field trips this year ($10 per student), as well as host some great educational assemblies and hopefully have enough left over to pay for a few capitol improvements to our school!
I'm so excited about the outcome!
but I still hate fundraisers.