Is there a school in the United States that has enough funding? It is possible, though not probable. School fundraisers are a way of life, but the mountains of unnecessary coupon books begin to pile up. One high school is taking a very direct approach to fund raising and calling out those recalcitrant parents in a brutally honest letter.
The letter cuts to the chase, as they say. The school asks parents to donate directly and skip all of the tedious selling activities.
“Briana Leggett Woods, a mother of two from Auburn, was preparing for another stressful year of ‘brown envelopes, emails and Sign Up Genius notices’ when she returned from her tenth-grade daughter’s ‘Back to School Night.’ But as the mom shuffled through all of Auburn High School’s orientation papers, one form, in particular, caught her eye,” Fox writes.
“Don’t want to sell anything, bake anything, buy anything or generally avoid fundraising of any kind? We feel the same way!!” The letter read.
The letter offered to let parents opt out of unending push for money by making a simple donation. The money would go directly to Auburn High School and could be as little or as much as the parents wished to give. The school did suggest a $15 donation.
The approach, Woods felt, was a “breath of fresh air.”
“My very first thought was, ‘Someone finally gets it. Sign me up!’ I was ecstatic to see this idea presented in such a humorous way,” Woods posted.
“Whether you are a stay at home parent or work full time outside the home, life is full. The days are full. And I don’t want to spend any of my precious spare moments selling candles or tubs of cookie dough to people who don’t really want to buy that stuff anyway,” Woods added. “I want 100% of my efforts to go directly to my kids’ schools.”
“[I] was looking for a way to do a no-pressure, totally tongue-in-cheek and humorous way to get more financial involvement” Auburn High School Parent Teacher Organization president Emmy Sorrells told reporters.