I’ve written about the Box Tops For Education program before. I think it’s a great program and a great way for schools to earn money.
My son goes to a private school. They do a great job teaching the students, and trying to make sure the student’s needs are addressed, including health and dietary. A year or so ago the school went so far as to completely renovate the kitchen, and since have gone gluten-free, nut-free, you name it it’s that-free. And I think that’s great. It’s important for kids that have dietary issues like my son.
Before I go further I will say that I adore my son’s teacher and know that this school is absolutely the right place for my son to be. This post is not about that. This post is about fundraising.
At the beginning of the school year I asked why we were not participating in the Box Tops For Education program. I was told that the power that be, aka the man in charge, had said we should not participate in the program because the foods involved didn’t fit the healthy diet the school now served. I presented them with a list of all of the products that qualify for the program, which includes a number of things that are not food. I also reminded them that the majority of families didn’t have the dietary requirements and might well be using these foods. Hell, we do have dietary issues in our house (my son has Celiac disease) and we use a lot of them. I explained that each box top represented money. If our families were using the products we should be saving the Box Tops and getting the money for the school. It is not our job to police what people are feeding their families. In November I asked for the decision to be considered again.
Well, we had this month’s PTO meeting a few days ago. I was told in no uncertain terms that we could not participate in the program. No, wipe the hands of it, no. I courteously expressed my feelings that the decision made no sense and the meeting went on. Not fifteen minutes later we were asked for a lot of money for a project. Now I need to go on the record, the projects that the staff want to do for the kids are needed, very much needed. I am happy to help the school raise money, whether it be through a candle sale, a gift auction or just a donation. But how do they have the gall, no the balls, to tell me that we can’t accept free money (which is basically what Box Tops are) and ask us to spend a decent chunk of the money we’ve raised all in the same breath?!
I was curious if any of you have ever encountered a problem like this, and how you dealt with it.
This post is not sponsored in any way. I have received no payment or product for it. It is simply my own opinion about a real situation. As always, my opinions are my own and not influenced by anyone.
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