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I think the PTA should just start working like the mob and tax us protection money of $20 a month each kid.

It would be far less painful than explaining to a 7 year old why I'd rather buy him a "finger pen" (WHATEVER THE EFF THAT ACTUALLY IS) than spend $12 on half a pound of sub-quality chocolate for him to "win" one.

Ah, the memories. This, too, shall pass.

The worst was the year when daughter was in a Catholic high school, and we had mandatory fund raisers. I bought my way out of the candy fund raiser, because I didn't want to do the admin work, impose on co-workers, and be stuck eating and paying for the least-desirable candy bars when the co-workers got tapped out. Instead of trying to sell $104 worth of candy, I wrote a check for the $52 profit. Worth. Every. Penny.

The biggest insult that year was the $50 per ticket 50/50 raffle, with the requirement to sell two. I wrote a check for $100 and recorded it in Quicken as "gambling loss." I could not in good faith ask someone to buy a $50 sucker chance to win $3000.

The best year was when the PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) in elementary school bundled all the required school supplies and sold parents the bundle. I think it cost $12, which was cheaper than I would have paid buying the stuff myself. More to the point, all the right stuff was there in one place with no fighting to find it in the stores. I would have cheerfully paid $40 for that!

Maybe you could suggest that your local PTA bundle the required school supplies and offer them to parents at a premium price as a fund raiser? Like, do something to actually *save* the parents a hassle instead of just dumping additional hassle on them?

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