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Speaking from Experience

Wingate, NC

#373 Sep 19, 2012
Our school has worked with Boosterthon several times. As a former PTO President, I can assure you that ALL fundraisers that are 'sponsored' through the sale of items (cookie dough, wrapping paper, Art by Me, etc.) also keep 50% of the sales. Their business may be to create funding for schools, but if they aren't able to stay in business they cannot help at all.

The Boosterthon team is a WONDERFUL group of people that bring fun and excitement to the school for a week! Not only do they spend time with the students, they also offer their time while on campus to assist with school projects that have NOTHING to do with the fundraiser.

The school's children, staff, and administration look forward to this fundraiser each year!
Liz

Duluth, GA

#374 Sep 19, 2012
Speaking from experience...
1. Are you a public or private school?
2. If you are public school, are you and your parents aware of their religious affiliation?
3. Do you run background checks on all the Boosterthon employees that come in contact with the kids?

In my opinion, private schools can do what they want to do. I am shocked public schools allow this.
Daniel

Clermont, FL

#375 Sep 19, 2012
Stop whoring out our kids to support the PTA agenda. Period...Boosterthon is a scam/cult experience I do not want around my child and nobody wants the crap from these for profit companies selling fundraising item. I cannot make it any clearer than that.
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Speaking from Experience wrote:
Our school has worked with Boosterthon several times. As a former PTO President, I can assure you that ALL fundraisers that are 'sponsored' through the sale of items (cookie dough, wrapping paper, Art by Me, etc.) also keep 50% of the sales. Their business may be to create funding for schools, but if they aren't able to stay in business they cannot help at all.
The Boosterthon team is a WONDERFUL group of people that bring fun and excitement to the school for a week! Not only do they spend time with the students, they also offer their time while on campus to assist with school projects that have NOTHING to do with the fundraiser.
The school's children, staff, and administration look forward to this fundraiser each year!
Mom in Florida

Largo, FL

#377 Oct 1, 2012
I do not care for Boosterthon at all. My fifth grader totally gets it, she tells me each day "Mom they were pushing the worthless prizes again today to get donations." She also says she'll do the run because it might be fun but has not called or even asked to call for a single pledge and could careless about the prizes. She also said you should have seen this lame dance they were getting kids excited about.(She's a dancer and was not impressed.) My 1st grader on the other hand is very sad everyday that they keep handng out prizes to kids in class and I try to explain to he that Mom would prefer to donate cash to the school directly like we did last year. She doesn't even want to go to the fun run. It is happening this friday and is already asking me if she can just stay home or if I could pick her up early. Both kids don't like the stuff that goes on in class as a matter of fact today they were both complaining of stomach aches over the thought of going to school with Boosterthon there.
boosterthon my applesauce

Columbia, SC

#378 Oct 2, 2012
I feel your pain. The truth is that no matter how much money the schools bring in, the attitude is always the same. If there is a problem, throw money at it. Then ask for more money, while continuing to have parents pay even when payment is silently optional. If you're a parent of school-aged children, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
just me wrote:
Well, I wish they would keep it simple. I did not care for the boosterthon either. It took up class time, which WAS more than 5 minutes and made me have to dole out quite a bit of money to appease my 4th grader. We pay extremely high taxes here and I think more should should go into the schools so our children are not out hocking people wares or running for money. These fundraisers are very stressfull for my child and our bank accounts. I do not work so I can't take the forms in for people to order and I would never ask my husband to either. So now we are already tapped financially for rising living costs and high taxes and then we get all these fundraising pamplets throughout the year. There has to be a better way than turning our children into marketing tools. With the economy in mind and the safety of our children (who are not allowed to go door to door), our schools should be getting the money they need from the government we pay such high taxes to.
Boosterthon Scam

Columbia, SC

#379 Oct 2, 2012
Kids who do not receive 'pledges' for laps are doomed in Boosterthon's scam of a scheme. My child received 10 'donations' for a total of $47. When we entered this information at FunRun.com , we were mortified to see that his reward would be a cheap wristband. We will be filing a formal complaint with the school, and other authorities. Boosterthon is a joke, they don't care about you, your family, or your school. They want your money.
Boosterthon Scam

Columbia, SC

#380 Oct 2, 2012
I want to add this - I'd rather make a donation to my kid's school that my kid's school keeps 100% of - for God's sake, organize a fun run that is half as successful as any 'Boosterthon', and you can keep all of the profits! Just leave out the scams and reward the kids realistically for their time and effort.
Kearston

Black River Falls, WI

#382 Oct 3, 2012
They Brainwash your kids, all they can think about is getting more "pledges" it's really annoying and most of the people who pledge don't pay; so you have to.
mom of 2 wrote:
Attn Parents! Boosterthon Fun Run is the hot new fundraiser in our schools. You need to be aware that this company retains 48% of the profits in addition to taking up your child's class time. Protect your child's curriclum time and tell your school and PTA "NO" to Boosterthon! Fundraising activities should not take place during the school day. Save that for the weekend or after school.
Daniel

Clermont, FL

#383 Oct 3, 2012
My 3rd grade daughter came home with the latest promises of the Boosterthon virus ringing in her head this week. I was very proud of her noting that "Boosterthon...can I say it Dad was...crappy" I asked her why in the most neutral tone I could muster and she replied "They treat us like KIIINNNDERGARTENERS during this pep rally we had to go to and look at this picture in the paper they gave us...How is this kid in a hospital bed going to play nerf basketball on the side of his bed. That is not much fun. He holds his hand and drops it in. What happens if the ball bounces on the floor?" After I picked myself off of the floor from laughing she said "Why cant they buy kids in the hospitals things that they need? "We send all this good stuff to Africa, why can't kids in hospitals have it too?" At that point I smiled because I knew I would never have to explain why her favorite teacher gets a gift card with about $30 on it from us every so often and why the Boosterthon would never get a penny from us.
Not available

Melbourne, FL

#384 Oct 4, 2012
Steve-o wrote:
Wow, sounds like Boosterthon employees also search the internet for these posts and reply bogus messages. I agree that my child does not go to school to raise money for corporations that play on the emotions of little kids. My kid's mad at me over this because I won't give $30 for a pack of $0.10 Silly Bandz. Thanks Boosterthon! You suck eggs!
i completely understand, as a former elemtery student i totaly understand.they use us to advetise NOT COOL their prices are mad fifty dollors for a frisbye really????? and they totaly rigged their laps, geuss what the laps are tiny not one kid doesnt do every single lap!the do give out prizes but they arent worth it.
and when ever they do a pep rally everyone but the 1rst and 2nd graders are MISERABLE!!!
DHL1972

Jacksonville, FL

#385 Oct 4, 2012
Right on! Boosterthon folks teach way better values than some of these complaining parents on this board. My sons still talk about Zacharoni and cant wait. Good grief, my children arent being used. My kids are in private school and we have to raise money for the school just like any other school. What is the difference between this fundraiser and selling wrapping paper where kids earn rewards with how much wrapping paper and cookie dough they sell? At least they are learning character and fitness and not eating cookie dough. Some of you are incredibly misinformed about legalities and practices of this company. Do something positive. Who cares if the trinkets are cheap and your kids complain about not getting a prize and cry? It's called saying NO! Im glad I am not in school with some of the parents on this board. Our school loves this program and we embrace it. Someone stated that these young men make minimum wage. How rude. These men are likely more educated than some of the people on this board as a college degree is required. Respect is mutual. They're good people. Im grateful for them. My sons remember what they taught far more than math and science class from last year.
Eyes Wide Open Parents

Kensington, MD

#386 Oct 19, 2012
To the gentleman from Manassas, VA above:

Be warned that your school district (PWCS) has faculty and administrators who gush about their Boosterthon experience -- and who are pushing it to other schools in the district.

And it seems that the school board and "approval authority" for this type of "fundraiser" are either

a) asleep at the wheel, or

b) taken in by the scam that Boosterthon, or

c) don't care.
MOTHER OF 3

Atlanta, GA

#387 Oct 19, 2012
The reality of it all is that people will not just give money to the school. While Boosterthon takes a huge percentage of what is collected, without them the school would collect a small fraction of what is collected during Boosterthon. I give to the school outside of this event, but most people do not.
Daniel

Clermont, FL

#388 Oct 19, 2012
if this is truly the case, teach the values at home and hold your school accountable to help your kids get a proper education.
DHL1972 wrote:
Right on! Boosterthon folks teach way better values than some of these complaining parents on this board... My sons remember what they taught far more than math and science class from last year.
Christy

Jupiter, FL

#389 Oct 24, 2012
I would prefer that my child learn to earn funds for his school (and get valuable exercise at the same time) rather than those that stand on the curb and hold out a bucket for cash and do nothing to earn it! Mother of 2 & others against this fundraiser.....try hard not to fall from your soap boxes, it is a long way down.
From a Teacher

Plainfield, IL

#390 Oct 30, 2012
Boosterthon is simply awful! As a teacher who has seen what Boosterthon is doing to the kids disgusts me. I am not at liberty to voice my concerns to my administration because it will be heavily frowned upon as being not supportive, but the reality is there are so many ways to raise money, even organizing your own run, as many schools have done, is better than what Boosterthon is accomplishing. It's clearly brainwashing! And the accumulated amount of instructional time taken so they push the kids to get pledges is beyond shameful. This organization has another agenda and it's not the kids. They need to be stopped!
Ridge

Haymarket, VA

#391 Nov 1, 2012
My daughters school is doing it now. I was suprised how expensive it is. I can't afford more than $1 a lap. My daughter said the other kids are getting better prizes due to more pledges. It makes me feel horrible, but to me $1 per lap (25-30 laps) is a lot of money. I explained to her that I did my best and that's all I can do right now. Also I can't bring myself to ask anyone one else to pay at least $30 while getting nothing back in return.
I think there is a better way to do this. It seems very competitive and the kids get upset or stressed. I am disappointed in the school for doing this.
Daniel

United States

#392 Nov 1, 2012
Give the teacher of your choice the 30 in gift cert. form, buy your daughter a small toy of her choice for participating with a good attitude and screw Boosterthon with a clear conscience.
Ridge wrote:
My daughters school is doing it now. I was suprised how expensive it is. I can't afford more than $1 a lap. My daughter said the other kids are getting better prizes due to more pledges. It makes me feel horrible, but to me $1 per lap (25-30 laps) is a lot of money. I explained to her that I did my best and that's all I can do right now. Also I can't bring myself to ask anyone one else to pay at least $30 while getting nothing back in return.
I think there is a better way to do this. It seems very competitive and the kids get upset or stressed. I am disappointed in the school for doing this.
kid

Raleigh, NC

#393 Nov 13, 2012
The boosterthon team is really way to entergetic for starters. but most kids at my school can't afford this! And the ones who can get all their stupid prizes. while the other ones sit and get sad then boosterthon says "tell your neighbor get a pledge tonight and they KNOWN they cant. Its just makes me so angry. But really they NEVER answer any questions!That's just my opinion as a student.
Worried Mom

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#394 Nov 25, 2012
there is a petition against Boosterthon, please sign it and share comments...We really want Boosterthon out of our schools...help!
http://www.change.org/petitions/boosterthon-f...

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