With schools facing increasing
shortfalls in their budgets, it seems some districts are turning to a
"chores for charity" strategy to help raise additional funds.
Laura Wellington, a mom in New Jersey, wrote about
a recent incident involving her daughter and a letter from her school:
both she and the letter she handed me stated, my daughter was to accomplish
chores around the house with the goal of being paid by me for those chores the
sum of $20. She would then have to hand the full $20 over to the school
to make up for the shortfall in their overall budget which, ultimately,
disallowed the kids to go on yet another class trip. Participation was
mandatory according to what my daughter told me and the letter seemingly
conveyed (however, on a later phone call, my daughter's teacher altered the
word "mandatory" to be "suggested" despite all
evidence to the contrary).
extent to which the teacher tried to convince me that this fund-raiser and the
lesson held within was in the best interest of the children was rather
sickening especially as paying my children to undertake family chores goes
against all that I have ever taught them. To that end, it is my opinion
that the backhanded lesson of outspending your budget only to then look to
continue to “spend” is highly damaging and the exact reason most people in this
country, not to mention this country over all, are in such tremendous debt
today and why schools, like my daughter’s, are experiencing such budget issues."
for charity is not a new concept, but chores for covering school budget
shortfalls might be a first. Have you
experienced this sort of thing where your child attends school? What do you think about this idea?
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