NO, I do not participate.
1.) I don't want to have to chaperon my child around the neighborhood
door to door looking for freaking handouts.
2.) The neighbors hate it as much as I do.
3.) If the school needs money, then freaking say so. I'd much rather write a check
for a donation than schlep around the hood for some byproduct money through christmas
paper wrap or whatnot.
4.) We live in a court - and I have even gone so far as to bring the neighbors my OWN money
to "sponsor" my child with because I'm so dang tired of my kids pulling what your kids are about
the PRIZES and stupid shit like that - which is usually a pencil, or an eraser - cuz in order to get
that Ipod, you have to raise like 500 dollars. Not.Walking.The.Universe.For.Handouts.
5.) This year is 5th grade for my eldest - Science Camp - You can raise money by selling Candy.
NO - what does it cost per child for science camp - 260.00 - here is your damn money and the
Candy Company will get jack shit and no one's teeth will rot out of their head, thankyouverymuch.
Now, that all said, there are two fundraisers that I like - the 5th grade book fair - where you bring
a buncha books you don't read anymore to the school and other grades/people buy them and THAT goes
towards science camp for all.
We also do Walk for Technology - where one week out of the year, the kids get sponsors for however
many laps they can do around the field at lunch time. This buys electronics for the school and other necessary
things, and the kids get LOTS of exercise. My 1st grader was SO gung ho about it, he would run three miles
at lunch! SERIOUSLY. Floored me. 6yrs old!
So no, you are NOT being lame or a grouch about it - I AM! HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!