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Boosterthon is a ripoff

Annandale, VA

#395 Nov 25, 2012
Great idea! I've signed your petition and I shared it on G+ and FB.
Worried Mom wrote:
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...
Money goes to the school

Duncan, OK

#396 Dec 8, 2012
HELP VULTURES ARE HERE wrote:
They are at our school now. Ready to use our kids to get money for them.These people come in for 9 days and PUSH your kids to bring money for cheap prizes.....They say just a $1 a lap but push your kids to run at least 30. For $1 a lap= a wrist band ($30)$ 2 a lap= water bottle($60)$3 a lap = a bouncing ball ($90)$5 a lap= sunglasses ($150) This is CRAZY in this economy. They tell the children you only need a $5.00 pledge to get the sunglasses(well thats actually $150.00) This is so wrong and the kids this young just dont understand. They only get understand that they want a toy. So WRONG!!! ALSO BOOSTERTHON GETS 48 PERCENT OF THIS MONEY! This really puts a lot of pressure on families.
Have you researched how much the other FUNDRAISERS take? Most other fundraisers give 5 to 20% of the proceeds, which means they take 80% of the profits. The school systems are screaming for help, and if these promote fitness and leadership AND the funds go to the school. It is easy to point the finger if you are not actively working out there to make a positive difference.
John

Oxford, GA

#397 Dec 8, 2012
Don't be foolish. Most fundraising companies keep 50-60%
Money goes to the school wrote:
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Have you researched how much the other FUNDRAISERS take? Most other fundraisers give 5 to 20% of the proceeds, which means they take 80% of the profits. The school systems are screaming for help, and if these promote fitness and leadership AND the funds go to the school. It is easy to point the finger if you are not actively working out there to make a positive difference.
Tell the Truth

Memphis, TN

#398 Dec 8, 2012
John wrote:
Don't be foolish. Most fundraising companies keep 50-60%
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And out of their percentage, most funraising companies provide the products, incentives, and necessary supplies. With Boosterthon, the teacher's or classroom's 10% incentive comes from the school's money. Our school also had to chip in on the promotional items by buying ballooons for the "pep rally" and the promo takeaways for the kids. Our school volunteers set up and manned the water stations and the school provided the water bottles. The Boosterthon folks even talked some of the Moms into bringing them lunch. Most fundraising companies treat the parent volunteers to lunch.
Marc

Montego Bay, Jamaica

#399 Dec 15, 2012
dad of 3 wrote:
how much do you think the magazine, cookie dough, and wrapping paper companies keep? i can tell you it's the same if not more. these guys got my 3rd grader asking me how he could encourage me, be more respectful, and help others. We've started doing community outreach activities because of his insistence.
I totally agree and I'm here in Jamaica where they are acting like fools and bragging that they had their trip here to the Hilton payed for by the company!!!
dylan

Columbia, SC

#400 Jan 11, 2013
this website is wrong and cruel
Liz

Duluth, GA

#402 Jan 11, 2013
Boosterthon is wrong and cruel. Can't believe they are still in business.
mark

Lake Worth, FL

#403 Jan 16, 2013
boostrathon is a ripoff scroo them

Since: Jan 13

Walled Lake, MI

#404 Jan 22, 2013
For those that would like to keep 80-90% of their fun run profits.

Or "DIY" Do it yourself approach has everything you need. Online cc/debit pledges, student web pages, custom school database, reports, Event Tool Box with guidelines, tips and ready to send promo items, a personal event coach to work with via phone and email and much more. 90% of our National clients have exceeded their overall pledge goals with 61% of all pledges coming in via online pledges.

Take a minute to check out http://www.thegetmovincrew.com/national/index...

You'll be glad you did. Thanks

Since: Jan 13

Walled Lake, MI

#405 Jan 22, 2013
Money goes to the school wrote:
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Have you researched how much the other FUNDRAISERS take? Most other fundraisers give 5 to 20% of the proceeds, which means they take 80% of the profits. The school systems are screaming for help, and if these promote fitness and leadership AND the funds go to the school. It is easy to point the finger if you are not actively working out there to make a positive difference.
please check out http://www.thegetmovincrew.com/national/index... You keep 80-90% of whats raised with your fun run and they help you every step of the way with online pledges,student web pages just like Jump Rope for Heart, custom pledge database for reports, prizes. They also give you a personal event coach for guidance and an online Event Tool Box. Its a great service, check it out.
Houston

Houston, TX

#406 Jan 31, 2013
Genius wrote:
Boosterthon is genius. Wish I had thought it first or of any other funderaiser that would ensure that my school had the extra funding to set it apart from the rest. It was fun, easy, motivating, and successful. Now may children will have access to special projects! Who could ask for more? So glad my children are in a setting where parents understand that our education rests not only in the hands of the government but also in our own and in that of our community. Isn't that how schools began in the first place?
Give me a break!!!!What happen to good ole car washes. Giving up 50% is just to much. You obviously have a connection to BFR
Really

Haskell, TX

#407 Feb 1, 2013
I can't believe that someone would have enough time and energy to spend three years bashing a fundraiser program for kids....
Mom

Jacksonville, FL

#409 Feb 8, 2013
Really wrote:
I can't believe that someone would have enough time and energy to spend three years bashing a fundraiser program for kids....
REALLY,
Please tell me how the Boosterthon Fun Run is "a fundraiser program for kids"?

Actually it is a fundraiser program for adults to make money through KIDS.
julie

Irving, TX

#410 Feb 11, 2013
John wrote:
It's fascinating to read this. I did some reading on the web and it sounds like a good return on any fund raiser is about 50%. Of course, that doesn't count all of the time and energy that the faculty puts into a fund raiser. I've had some exposure to Boosterthon although not directly through a Fund raiser. This prompted me to do some looking around.
The average Booster request is for ~$30. Even in this tight economy, that does not seem unreasonable, is it? They also give prizes based on the number of states represented and various stuff like that. Not just who gets the most dollars.
Boosterthon removes the workload from the faculty and the average school receives more money at the end of a Boosterthon FunRun than with any other fund raiser they have ever done. Sure the prizes are absurd, and there's lots of competition, but isn't that life? It's a great opportunity to teach your kids to do their best and know that's what truly matters. You can't look to the schools to teach your children self-respect and self-esteem. That comes from the home, and if they have that, then they'll be able to roll with not just this pressure and competition, but the real pressure and competition that comes with life.
I was a first grade teacher when our school started this program. It is more than a fundraiser. There is not a lot of pressure put on the children as others commented on. For that matter, all of the fundraisers entise our children to see more to earn better prices. I think it was an amazing program and fundraiser. We made more than any other fund raiser with very little work on the teachers, parents, and/or admin. They did come into the classroom but taught the students awesome character traits which I don't believe is ever a waste of time, especially in this day and time. Bullying is at an all time high, I think this is a great positive motivator. The leaders use this time to hand out prizes and cheer with them. For crying out loud, it's only a week long for a few minutes each day....and they are learning from them. The teachers also got a percentage of the class total to purchase well needed materials for the classroom. It is nice to have some help with the materials we usually have to spend out of our own pocket.
Liz

Duluth, GA

#411 Feb 11, 2013
Julie from Denton,

I am frightened you are teaching children. Did you take a Language Arts class? Your writing skills are on par with my 5th grader. You must be a private school teacher, for crying out loud.
Daniel

Melbourne Beach, FL

#412 Feb 11, 2013
Congratulations, the teachers, parents and admin who participate in this mayhem have collectively succeeded in pimping alllll the little kids from your school into coming up with extra funds for the school's behalf. I'm glad to hear that the officials at your school have such an easy time conniving kids to you know, come up with money that your school district can't seem to earn for themselves through policy initiatives, votes etc. The students are coming to your school to learn FROM YOU...the person that the citizens in your district are paying to do the job.

Oh, its just great when you get a break during the day and you can watch a bunch of college kids throw 45 cent trinkets across the room for every 50$ the kids are able to extort from people for "running laps". Have all the Boosterthon participants been criminally cleared the way that all the other school volunteers should have been? Its one thing if the documents say that you are telling people donating that its not the 1/4 mile track that most people associate with schools. The kids are really 1/2 running, 1/2 walking on an "obstacle course" of an unknown size that depends on how lazy the people setting out the cones were feeling that day, but we want our $175 please!

PS, if the parents in your class liked you they would make sure you had what you needed for supplies if you send a note through the room parents. My kid has been in 4 classes now and in 3 of them, the teacher was well stocked when she asked for donations for supplies. The 4th teacher? Let's just say that meeting other parents at the end of year recital was illuminating and we realized each of us were not the only ones wondering about our experiences with that teacher.

julie wrote:
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I was a first grade teacher when our school started this program. It is more than a fundraiser. There is not a lot of pressure put on the children as others commented on. For that matter, all of the fundraisers entise our children to see more to earn better prices. I think it was an amazing program and fundraiser. We made more than any other fund raiser with very little work on the teachers, parents, and/or admin. They did come into the classroom but taught the students awesome character traits which I don't believe is ever a waste of time, especially in this day and time. Bullying is at an all time high, I think this is a great positive motivator. The leaders use this time to hand out prizes and cheer with them. For crying out loud, it's only a week long for a few minutes each day....and they are learning from them. The teachers also got a percentage of the class total to purchase well needed materials for the classroom. It is nice to have some help with the materials we usually have to spend out of our own pocket.
Wow

United States

#413 Feb 12, 2013
I throw all fund raising info away the minute it comes home in my childs hand. My oldest daughter knows to throw it away at school. Quit pimping out my children to raise money, that's what we pay taxes for. It really upsets me when they have rallys and hand out bait to get the kids excited during time when they are to be learning and in class. I bet if it was put to a vote not one parent would want this crap in their kids school.
ColaMom

Columbia, SC

#414 Feb 28, 2013
Today our school hosted its first-ever Fun Run, and I pray it's our last. Yes, my children came home every day talking about Boosterthon, but it was to beg me to pledge more money, crying because they didn't receive any prizes, asking for the phone numbers and email addresses of family members. I should have been suspicious right off the bat, but I trusted our PTO. No longer.

I am extremely disappointed in both the PTO and school administration for not performing due diligence when arranging this fundraiser, hiring this company and keeping parents informed about the true nature of both. I had no idea that half of my donation would go to a professional fundraising company, or that those "fundraisers" (all male, BTW) would be allowed in my children's classrooms each day to pressure them into seeking more donations and to shame those children who didn't collect pledges by flaunting cheap prizes awarded only to those who who "deserved" it. I cannot believe that so much classroom time was spent on fundraising activities.

This kind of high-pressure, deceptive fundraising should not be allowed in public schools.
Liz

Duluth, GA

#415 Feb 28, 2013
Colamom...

Write a letter. And copy the State PTA. The decision makers are very aware of the controversy. They don't care. They just want the $$$. Our school had a REVOLT or they would have been back.
luv2teach

Columbia, SC

#416 Feb 28, 2013
Lots of warning bells went off and I wanted to do some research on Boosterthon. I Googled & found this thread. Lo and behold there's a parent from my same town posting today, so it's not just me who's worried. Colamom, write the principal, PTO president and school board and tell your friends to do the same. Teachers will be ignored but if enough parents complain, something will get done. Policy states no fundraising or collecting funds if it detracts from school time directly or indirectly. There was a clear violation. Trust me, your children were not the only ones crying. It was heartbreaking to see how the children of little or no means were made to feel. I'm truly ashamed of our "excellent school."

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