School Biz

The State has ruled that public schools "must waive fees for low-income students to participate in school-day fundraising celebrations." That means that the school has to pay any cost associated, which would sort of defeat the purpose of having a fundraiser at all if any significant portion of the student population falls in that category.

My first question is, why is any school having a fundraiser during the school day anyway (except for the traditional book fair, which is education-related)?

My next question is, just how far does this rule extend? Does it cover the book fair too, if students are allowed to purchase books during the school day?

The concept of buying a $25 ticket for a day of fun instead of a day of school beckons a recollection of the old practice of the catholic church selling indulgences, which led to Luther’s 95 Theses and the Protestant Reformation.

Yes, schools need more than the available funding will provide. But there has to be a better answer.

2 thoughts on “School Biz

  1. I do agree on “selling” a day of fun to kids to raise money, especially when it’s that much for one day.

    Considering the cost of everything, including putting on functions, how little the school gets from trying to sell things, etc wouldn’t it work best if the parents of the school, rather then giving money that most goes to the events etc, simply give a set donation amount to the school directly?
    While some of the parents might not be able to and some simply wouldn’t want to, wouldn’t this be a more direct and less costly way to do so?
    A site I found says ORHS has around 1500 students; If $25 was given per student the school would have the potential of makeing $37,500. If 2/3rds were able to donate that’d be around $25,000.
    How much did the school make off that fundraiser after the cost of putting it on was subtracted?

    I know it might not sound like the most welcome method but I’d think many parents would be happier to do this then attempt to sell dozens of dicsount books or candy for their kids (which, lets be honest, usually just gets sold to friends and family who are guilted into buying the stuff.)

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