A concerned parent sent us the following message, raising concerns about using students for fundraising causes. It certainly is worth discussing the propriety of of turning students into mini sales forces, regardless how noble the cause.
“I just got my weekly email newsletter from Discovery Elementary, and they are doing a fundraiser “to help kids.” A closer look, though, reveals that the “charity” is in fact the teacher’s union children’s fund, an organization that in 2009 collected over $120,000 and gave out only about half of that.
According to their form 990, they had over $300,000 in assets at the end of 2009. I have noticed a recent trend in asking elementary kids to do the work of fundraising in the school setting – we just completed one for the American Heart Association.
Now I wonder why the district is allowing outside charities to pressure our cute kids to do their fundraising work. I have copies of the flyer and the form 990 if you would like to see it.”
EDITOR NOTE–The recent legislation allowing advertising on school buses raised similar concerns.
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