Say "NO" to Boosterthon Fun Runs in o...
ryno69

United States

#46 Apr 23, 2009
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.
That is profit after their expenses are covered. Salary, prizes, supplies (pledge books, DVDs, etc.) equipment.
Student in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

#47 Apr 23, 2009
We had our Funrun yesterday, and I still don't support what they're doing! I ran fourteen laps; the average was about 35. If they still have the Boosterthon fundraiser when I have school-age kids, I probably still won't support it. Also, the other day at school the Boosterthon guys came into a classroom next door to ours while we were annotating the book we're reading in Literature. They tried to get the class to scream as loudly as they could and it totally disturbed us. We had to stop reading ad wait for them to leave before we could continue.

Another thing, the post by "Scammed Fourth Grader" says it all. I had to look on this forum before I realized that the track was 1/16th of a mile. They don't like to tell you anything substantial about the Funrun, except that we should "have as much fun as possible!".

And even if the Funrun is convenient for the parents/administration, doesn't it matter if the actual kids don't enjoy it?
PTA President

Suwanee, GA

#48 Apr 24, 2009
I can see all the the reasons why a boosterthon is a bad and good idea. Our school is considering doing a boosterthon next school year. Our problem in the past has been competing against the Relay for Life, Jump rope for heart with the faculty. We are considering having a boosterthon run by all three and each taking a percentage. We will do it all ourselves and not have the payout to a company. We are going to promote health as does the two charities, it will only be a for a day and each class will miss 30 minutes of class time. A % will go to PTA, Heart and Relay for Life which is Cancer. The boosterthons in other schools in our area have done amazing and also relieved the schools from having to do wrapping paper et al other fundraisers to raise fund to run their PTA programs for education.
a teacher

Northport, AL

#49 Apr 26, 2009
Boosterthon DOES keep 50% of ALL proceeds. A child brings in a donation of $30, that school ONLY gets $15. The employees DO take about 15-20 minutes per day from our children's day. The kids run 35 laps and the MINIMUM donation is $30. We made more money having our own field day AND the kids got exercise AND the PTO got ALL the proceeds. Say NO to boosterthon!
Ga Teacher

Stockbridge, GA

#50 Apr 27, 2009
Fine! To raise money we'll just raise your property taxes. How's that? Wake up! Schools have to raise money some how and with so many overweight kids sitting on the couch watching TV and playing video games, that 30 minutes may be the only exercise they get. So back off the Fun Run and support character education and fitness.
Julie

Dacula, GA

#51 Apr 27, 2009
GA Teacher... I have a better idea... why don't the kids just sell DRUGS? Now that's a sure thing money maker. Are you that desperate for money that it's ok to manipulate kids? Since when do we outsource character education? Fundraisers should not be this controversial. Exercise is great... why does it need to be outsourced? Instead of the Boosterthon taking half... the school can keep 100%. All you need is a track... sounds simple enough to me.
Ga Teacher

Stockbridge, GA

#52 Apr 27, 2009
Sure! Who runs it, promotes it, counts money, tallies laps,etc? They do it. If enough parents donated to the schools we wouldn't have to do fundraisers. All parents want the best for their kids, but only a select few donate the money needed for technology, books, science equipment, etc. The government certainly isn't helping, so what do we do?
Julie

Dacula, GA

#53 Apr 27, 2009
GA Teacher... didn't those Boosterthon Employees teach a "CAN DO" character trait?
Ga Teacher

Kennesaw, GA

#54 Apr 28, 2009
Julie they did! And it's always the same few teachers who do everything. It's time for the rest of the school to step up. If you're a parent, how much do you donate?
Julie

Dacula, GA

#55 Apr 28, 2009
Alot... in both time and money. Boosterthon was too controversial at our school... they were not invited back.
Ga Teacher wrote:
Julie they did! And it's always the same few teachers who do everything. It's time for the rest of the school to step up. If you're a parent, how much do you donate?
A mother who cares

United States

#56 Apr 30, 2009
They made children run in the cold during winter time. National PTA guidlines prohibit the use of children in fundraising activites. This should be stopped.
A mother who cares

United States

#57 Apr 30, 2009
Parents donate enough to the schools by paying their taxes( a huge portion of their hard earned money) that is how Teachers get their salaries.

May every Teacher remember that their parents were their first teachers, pointing fingers at parents isn't going to resolve any issues.

National PTA guidlines prohibit the use of children in fundraising activites.
m and m

Cloverdale, VA

#58 May 7, 2009
We are currently going through the Boosterthon right now and I have to disagree whole heartedly with all of the negative feedback. We are a private Catholic school and have fundraiser after funraiser involving the kids and SAME parents trying to raise money. After 3 days, we have raised more money than all of our fundraisers put together. There is NO way that our school could even imagine raising as much money as we have without the help of the Boosterthon (even after the money is split) I just can't believe how easy it is. All you have to do is show enthusiasm and support and show up for the race. The kids DO know that it is a short course and we are aware that you can give a flat pledge. They only spend 5-8 minutes in a classroom at a time (I know this because I obseved them in action). I feel that it has given my child confidence in trying to take ownership in his school and he has learned that giving to a nonprofit organization has many rewards. One day he may be giving to YOUR grandchilds's school!
PTO mom

Grapevine, TX

#59 May 8, 2009
My child was in tears over Boosterthon because she was held captive and put under intense pressure to raise money. She was promised fabulous prizes (is this what Dream Big is about?), and as a small child, she had a hard time understanding the "per lap" concept. She couldn't understand why I wouldn't just shell out $35 for the iPod. Since she already has an iPod, we eventually got to the real reason she was upset...she didn't want to be embarrassed in front of the super-cool Boosterthon guys who come in her class EVERY day to award prizes.
This kind of marketing is wrong. It exploits the kids, in addition to taking class time.
I help on other fundraisers that are more enjoyable and FAR less pressure on the kids than this one.

My husband suggested making a t-shirt that says "I was exploited by Boosterthon and all I got was this lousy t-shirt." Ha!

I'm pushing for alternatives next year.
By the way, my 4th grader thought the Boosterthon people were beyond annoying and he had absolutely no interest in participating even before he knew my feelings.

Since: Feb 09

Roswell, GA

#60 May 8, 2009
Ga Teacher wrote:
Fine! To raise money we'll just raise your property taxes. How's that? Wake up! Schools have to raise money some how and with so many overweight kids sitting on the couch watching TV and playing video games, that 30 minutes may be the only exercise they get. So back off the Fun Run and support character education and fitness.
Public school teachers are overpaid relative to their private counterparts. Not to mention all the wasteful spending at public schools. Considering all the tax money they get, any public school that needs this is pathetic.
Student in Va

Roanoke, VA

#61 May 9, 2009
I LOVED THE BOOSTERTHON FUN RUN!!! these guys are so nice and we learn so much about responsibility and other great qualities let ur kids have fun iam one and i love it!!!!!!! it shows what real world is $$$$$! i love it thankz boosterthon for the fun fun fun time!
HAVE SOME FUN!!
Student in Va

Roanoke, VA

#62 May 9, 2009
we r not put under intense pressure and your helping ur school its beter than wrapping paper!
If we win we get prizes and pizza party!!
Student in Va

Roanoke, VA

#63 May 9, 2009
right now my class is in first and if we get more than 5 this weekend we get no homework 4 the rest of the week!!

Since: May 09

Alpharetta, GA

#64 May 10, 2009
If you do not support Boosterthon in your PTA affiliated Public School, I would recommend you call your state PTA office to diplomatically share your concerns. PTA bylaws are to be followed so children are not used and exploited. Also, contact your school officials/School Board so District fundraising guidlines can be established if they don't already exist. Many parents have concerns about the high pressure techniques, prize distribution in the classrooms, use of curriculum time for fundraising activities, and the unpublished 48% cut that this company takes. In these economic times we must make responsible choices when making donations. Please support your child's school and make your money go farther - make a generous donation to your school at the beginning of the year. They will get to keep 100% of your donation.
Student in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

#65 May 11, 2009
Student in Va, you are being scammed! We are put under pretty intense pressure, at least at my school. The entire thing is run by bribery. Prizes, pizza and no homework are just bribes for you to scam your relatives. Do you even realize that the Boosterthon guys are just using you for money? I just don't understand how it's ethical. But again, that's just my opinion.

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