So I'm not the only one with fundraiser fatigue
After I posted a rant a couple weeks ago about the fundraiser fatigue we all seem to be feeling as we shill wrapping paper, cookie dough and coupon books to our co-workers, I have to admit I didn't want to look our school principal in the eye for a few days. Even though I made the point several times that your money is better spent sending a check directly to your PTA, I was afraid that the educators around here are furious at me for declaring war on fundraisers.
Turns out, they don't like them any more than we do. I was delighted to get this letter from Carol Conaway, past president of the Pinellas County Council of PTAs, who agreed with me.
I want to thank you so much for your recent article on "Fundraising projects lead to hide-and-seek." I am the Program Chair for Florida PTA and the Past President of the Pinellas County Council of PTAs, and we are constantly encouraging our members to focus on the issues of child advocacy and not fundraising.
We know that during these tough economic times PTA monies can really help the schools, but our main objective is the health, safety and welfare of each child. I was thrilled to see you write, "If you are fed up with fundraisers, write out a check to your school PTA" and then suggest a "beg-off" form. We wholeheartedly endorse these form letters because the entire amount goes to the PTA, and children are not used to raise monies for the vendors.
If you would like any further information on the activities of the PTAs in Pinellas, please check out our website at www.PCCPTA.org.
There ya go Carol, I'm spreading the word on the great work you folks do. It's a thankless job sometimes, so as a busy working mom let me say thank you thank you thank you to all you PTA parents for making our schools a better place.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne