The school fundraising bombardment is upon us, and I am feeling besieged.
In the weeks since school started, we've been asked to write checks for gift wrap, a read-a-thon, book fair, pink flamingos, a pancake breakfast and scrip. The requests to contribute to the school's annual art auction, the biggest moneymaker of the year, are already rolling in and it is still months away. To top it off, my son's in 5th grade, a major year for raising funds because it's his class' final year at the school and they work on a big legacy project.
I don't fulfill all requests for funds, mind you. Even without the huge economic mess that is swirling around us, I usually pick and choose which activities to support and which to decline. Also, there are only so many times we can hit up family members to sponsor the kids, especially now that both of them are in elementary school (at Forest Park in Portland).
But what is more worthy than my children's school? If I'm going to donate a finite amount of money this year, I'm definitely going to funnel it to the place where my children spend six-plus hours a day.
Are you feeling similarly besieged and pinched? Is there a constant stream of requests coming from your school? Or do your children attend a school that makes one lump-sum request at the beginning of the year to cover many activities?