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Daniel

Clermont, FL

#290 Aug 29, 2011
Your answer could not illustrate my points any clearer. If for example, you sent home papers with your kids saying that every family that came to a particular PTA meeting would get free passes for Disney with no strings attached you would have a full room. If things dont work as expected on its own merits such as your fundraising, consider changing your model. When your business model is manipulating children because you cant reach the parents that is really a scummy way of handling your business. Raising money shouldnt compromise your family and marriage and if it does you should reevaluate your priorities.

People aren't morons and they will usually help if you are honest and present a good case. Buying a half ounce of Gummi Bears for $12 or a pound of frozen cookie dough for $15-20 is not a good case. Boosterthon is *especially* a particularly hideous case because my daughter told me personally how they shortened the course-the same way others mentioned.
the same 5 wrote:
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The parents that say "parents could coordinate outside of the school time" have obviously not helped with a major fund raiser at school. I have tried both and time and time again it is the same 5 parents that are doing the work. NOT to mention the strain it has on your family, your marriage, when you are running a fund raiser.
A week and a half of disrupted class time in exchange for a fund raiser that raises what it took our school to do in three, is welcome here.
A disappointed parent

Hiram, GA

#291 Aug 29, 2011
I think fundraising for schools are overrated in this country. What people really forget is that for "real education" all you need many times, is a piece of paper, a pen and passionate teacher to guide you through. This is the real problem here... all these circus acrobatics and very little "school". None of this is done in Europe or Asia and the results are superior.
Even this talk about "technology" and how much children need it.. Really , how much does an elementary student really need to learn how to read and write? We do all these colorful images , papers , projects to come up with teaching number zero..." Zero the Hero!" Two teachers and one parent volunteer needed also for this difficult task!

I think parents in this country should be concerned more to “volunteer” in their own homes. Even non-working mothers barely ever cook real meals for children anymore. They are so busy volunteering instead and feeding their kids crackers and goldfishes as a healthy new diet.. the same obese kids for whom we need to organize a run to have them lose weight afterwards.If parents would be more responsible at home and teach discipline to their kids, feed them healthy diet (not sugary packaged food ), read them , let them rest, and have them do homework like old times with pen and paper instead of placing them in front of a computer, teachers then will be happier in schools too and will be able to work with 30 students at the time who are rested, focused and ready to learn.. They would not need so many parents to volunteer and tons of money raised for extras.
teachermom2

Buford, GA

#292 Aug 30, 2011
I am most unhappy with Boosterthon. I felt like I was in church during the God awful pep rally.
They claim to be a character building and want to help the kids.
I know for a FACT that they flatly refused to go to a title 1 school because it would not be worth it to them.
As far as class time goes, we had an HOUR pep rally yesterday.
While they came into the classroom for 5 min., the kids were so excited it was difficult to bring the kids down and get ready for science.
I smell a rat!
Fish-studying-wa ter

Marietta, GA

#293 Sep 3, 2011
The "disappointed parent" above has it nailed. And I mean N-A-I-L-E-D. Pure truth, no debate, not even a little bit; and those of you who feel like resorting to the good ol' "if you don't like the system here why don't you go to those great countries?" you may just want to skip this pitiful argument and just take a long hard look in the mirror.
kaycool

Woodbridge, VA

#294 Sep 20, 2011
my school is having boosterthon does t he school get 52% or 48%
kaycool

Woodbridge, VA

#295 Sep 20, 2011
look all my friends r excited about bosterthon its motivating us and i think its really cool its not alll about money you know the kids whant to have fun and run!
kaycool

Woodbridge, VA

#296 Sep 20, 2011
all my friends are excited about boosterthon they want to raise money help are school have fun and run! its not always about money boosterthon is good and they really motivated me
Daniel

Clermont, FL

#297 Sep 20, 2011
Dear Kaycool,
Stay in school, don't do drugs, don't have unprotected sex, skip Boosterthon and learn how to develop proper grammar skills instead. Signed, Society
Good Mother

Arlington, TN

#298 Sep 20, 2011
Kaycool, join the b-ball, volley ball or cheer team. It is far more rewarding than a morning fun run. You will make true friends and learn life long lessons about sportsmanship and being a team player.

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Since: Jan 07

Location hidden

#299 Sep 21, 2011
Great. Boosterthon is back. Time to be forced to pay $50 for a .50 cent bracelet... It`s either that or the kid cries... Thanks a pant load Boosterthon.
pta mom of two

Corsicana, TX

#300 Sep 27, 2011
This is more about parents wearing their wealth and donations on their sleeve. We have done in school fun runs and we have used Boosterthon. The first was an anonymous donation in an envelope per lap that only about 3 people saw. We raised 15k on average. When we used Boosterthon it was obvious when your kid walked out of school with the huge prizes that you had solicited hundreds of dollars. Just like these people have to drive the 60k cars and buy the $100 shoes for their kids "it showed" what they did. We raised about 60k and kept around 28k it kills me that we handed over 32K when we clearly have done it ourselves before, but as well all know 5 parents do all the work and we are about over it. However at the end of the day we raised more needed money, budgets have been cut and it was put to good use. I ask teachers what they need for their class and buy it and give them giftcards. Even parents who are aware that $300 of the $600 they raised goes to Boosterthon they don't care as it is not THEIR money but donations from neighbors and relatives. Like it is okay do dupe them as they will never really know and they themselves are not out any money. It's the dumbing down of America people!
fundraiseringa

Cumming, GA

#301 Sep 28, 2011
I also am done with Boosterthon in our schools. I raise money for large non-profits such as hospitals and mentoring agencies. The national average is 20% expenses 80% back to the charity. Sites like Charity Navigator keep track of this for all major non-profits. Even if Boosterthon pays expenses up front there is still a cost to have them in the school and you still need to apply that to what was raised. I also don't care for the constant badgering from my kids to get pledges of $30/lap for a lighted football that I could buy for $4!!!! I like character building part but all I'm seeing is that we are buliding character for future sales people!
angry grandmother

Roanoke, VA

#302 Oct 13, 2011
today my grandaughter ran in the boosterthon at her private school that cost over $9,000.00 a year to attend. She is in kindergarten and is 5 yrs old. They were allowed to run up to 35 laps of a distance of approximately 100 ft each lap. She ran 13 laps when I decided that I would call her aside to see if she was OK. She immediately started to cry and was shaking all over. She was ill from running so hard for so long. I give her by water bottle and left to go outside. That was enough for me to see. No one seemed to care about the children they were falling all around the ring the teachers marked their backs at the end of each lap and herded them through to run one more and more. One child that was older was outside on the staircase having an asthma attach. He mother gave him his inhalor and told him to go back and he did. My grandaughter told me that she thought that she was going to die. I do not approve and will not allow her to participate in the boosterthon again. The pep rallys each day should have been time used to learn school work not to learn about greed. For the $200.00 pledged received a pair of .10 cent plastic sun glasses. The music was so loud the children were holding their hands over their ears. I ask if they would turn down the music and was told that it was not too loud. I told the punk that I would remove my daughter from the event in that case. He then had the music lowered to just raise it again in a couple of minutes. I think this business should be outlawed from going to schools. Someone's child will end up very ill or worst some day.. My grandaughters feeling are very hurt and the school is repromending me for removing her from the school grounds. I did let them know that my grandaughter was ill and was seen going to my car by the headmaster. I was going to return after the event which I did and was again repromended and I am to talk to the director. I have no apologies and stand firm that this boosterthon is unacceptable.
angry mom

Memphis, TN

#303 Oct 13, 2011
Similar situation at our school where kids with broken legs/ankle injuries were being forced to hobble around on crutches for 30 laps. I was so afraid that they were going to get bumped and hurt even worse. We marked their shirts as fast as we could and gave as many extra marks as we could so they could be done and sit down. It was cheating but these kids were hurting. And you're right about the music being loud. It was so loud that people in the neighborhood called the police. The school has been there for decades and people who live nearby can easily hear the school's pa system and the kids playing. So, if they are complaining then you know it must be loud.
BAnne

Alpharetta, GA

#304 Oct 16, 2011
I detested the Fun Runs. Two of the schools our family has been involved with held them. I much preferred to simply write a check for the amount I'd have contributed to the run, but knowing the school retains ALL of the mo ey. It felt bad to have my kids hit up family and friends for a Fun Run, also: they didn't have a problem purchasing something, but seemed a bit put off about paying my child to run at school.(my brother quipped: "isn't that what recess is for?". Yes, you can choose not to participate and just give money to the school if you wish, but it sure makes your kid stand out in a negative way. How to manipulate people's wallets by socially pressuring children. That's the "value" that came through loudest to me, regardless of what traits we were told our children would learn.

My final reason for hating Fun Runs is that I have one child with Special Needs. Having the Fun Run guys come through every day making noise, high fiving, showing the special prize you'd earn (a foam finger rocket propelled by a rubber band) if you hit friends and family up for even more money...it was awful. He had a hard time getting work done, thought the guys were nice but LOUD and focused a good deal of his attention on whether they would be back and if he'd get a prize. Life can be challenging for families and kids with Special Needs, and events like this unwittingly make it even tougher.
proud to help the schools

Stockbridge, GA

#305 Oct 24, 2011
I think this being exercise based is great now in a time where PE is being cut out but $1/lap??? I think the person pledging should have a say if they'd like to do maybe 1/2 that with this economy. But what concerns me is NO phone # can be found for this company. I was told my nephew ran 35 laps but what if he didn't.....what if the maximum is being asked of me and only part of it is going to the school / sad to think but known to happen and I do not live close by nor am I working so I wanted to confirm the amount to send to the school and can't!! Being on fundraising comittees I know the schools only get about 40-60% of what is collected and that is not an issue with me.
Daniel

United States

#306 Oct 24, 2011
Lets make one thing clear...there is no achievement here. The "laps" are a carefully measured distance to insure that everyone can make it. The kids arent running on the nearest 1/4 mile track. I'm not even sure Boosterthon uses a consistent lap distance from school to school. It would be one thing if the distances were quantified so your child can actually measure their distance and maybe see improvement but this is the equivalent of everyone wins a trophy. Kids get a crappy trinket...the schools fill a PE requirement and get in the parents pockets and Boosterthon gets paid...
proud to help the schools wrote:
I think this being exercise based is great now in a time where PE is being cut out but $1/lap??? I think the person pledging should have a say if they'd like to do maybe 1/2 that with this economy. But what concerns me is NO phone # can be found for this company. I was told my nephew ran 35 laps but what if he didn't.....what if the maximum is being asked of me and only part of it is going to the school / sad to think but known to happen and I do not live close by nor am I working so I wanted to confirm the amount to send to the school and can't!! Being on fundraising comittees I know the schools only get about 40-60% of what is collected and that is not an issue with me.
another mom

Cordova, TN

#307 Oct 24, 2011
I think Boosterthon is claiming that of the 48% they collect, 47% goes toward providing prizes, incentives, marketing material, websites, salaries, etc.... They would probably claim to be a nonprofit if they could get away with it.

But I (& maybe the IRS) would need to see their their company's financial statements before I believed their net profit was only 1%. By the way, the contract says that Boosterthon can review and audit the PTA's financial records for a one year period after the fun run, think they would be willing to let the PTA review their finances? Not a shot.

And Dad of 3, it all depends on the team sent to your school. Some are really good with the kids and make the event fun. Others not so much. Usually you get a good team your first time. Talk to me next year and see if you still feel the same about Boosterthon. Or better yet, see if they will put it into the contract that your school will get the exact same team members or has the option of getting a full refund on the $2,000 commitment fee.
another mom

Cordova, TN

#308 Oct 24, 2011
Mother -Jacksonville wrote:
The "just the facts" statement above doesn't seem correct. If the Boosterthon only takes 1% of the 48% actual profit from donations, then on a school collection of $20,000, Boosterthon would net $96.00?($20,000 x 48%=$9,600). 1% of $9,600 is $96.00.
I think Boosterthon is claiming that of the 48% they collect, 47% goes toward providing prizes, incentives, marketing material, websites, salaries, etc.... They would probably claim to be a nonprofit if they could get away with it.

But I (& maybe the IRS) would need to see their their company's financial statements before I believed their net profit was only 1%. By the way, the contract says that Boosterthon can review and audit the PTA's financial records for a one year period after the fun run, think they would be willing to let the PTA review their finances? Not a shot.

And Dad of 3, it all depends on the team sent to your school. Some are really good with the kids and make the event fun. Others not so much. Usually you get a good team your first time. Talk to me next year and see if you still feel the same about Boosterthon. Or better yet, see if they will put it into the contract that your school will get the exact same team members or has the option of getting a full refund on the $2,000 commitment fee.
mom of two

United States

#309 Oct 25, 2011
They also claim to put in 300 hours of work to pull the run off. Maybe to set up the website initially but really it is just a template after you do it once. The team may work 8 hours the day of the run and a few hours before in pep rallies but nowhere near 300.

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