Boosterthon Prince William County Sch...

Boosterthon Prince William County Schools

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Gainesville Hokie

Bristow, VA

#1 Sep 21, 2011
Are any other elementary schools besides Piney Branch participating in this fundraiser? I am the only parent who is feels like their children are being pimped out for this? Also, does the company take 48 percent of the profit?
Dave

United States

#2 Sep 23, 2011
As far as I know. Pimping out children for fundraising, especially in an area where most of these children live in $500k+ homes and their parents drive BMW's is just wrong. I guess the school really really needs a diversity coordinator bad. Get to work kids, it's for the kids.
Incognito for now

Gainesville, VA

#3 Sep 23, 2011
$500,000 homes maybe 6 years ago....Most of the houses in the area are worth closer to $350,000 ish now.

I rarely see BMWs around here...more like Honda Odysseys and Toyota Siennas....
Gainesville Hokie

Bristow, VA

#4 Sep 23, 2011
This company takes a 50 percent cut. The owner has grossed $120 million in the last 8 years thus using our kids to make money. Google Boosterthon Reviews.
Dave

United States

#5 Sep 23, 2011
Incognito for now wrote:
$500,000 homes maybe 6 years ago....Most of the houses in the area are worth closer to $350,000 ish now.
I rarely see BMWs around here...more like Honda Odysseys and Toyota Siennas....
A simple search of recent home sales and homes for sale in the area will show that the only things going for 350 days are townhomes and condos, maybe smaller older single family homes. to see the BMWs you need to look at rush hour when dad is driving home. point being, this area is pretty much rich compared to the rest of the country and folks in the area can afford to pay for their own kids crap without pimping them out in from of Giant or showing up looking for $ at my front door. Why do we do this to our kids, they should be playing, not "fundraising".
AKB

Haymarket, VA

#6 Sep 23, 2011
Went to the back to school night and did hear the teacher complain that it has been a disruption during teaching time. I prefer to give cash or things on the wish lists. But I can understand the desire to farm out some projects when they are busy trying to get a new school organized.
Gainesville Hokie

Bristow, VA

#7 Sep 23, 2011
It is disruptive. Kids that raise money are paraded in front of the other kids and receive prizes. The other children feel bad, is that teaching character traits? Also, these people that are coming into the classroom, have they undergone background checks? Have they been fingerprinted?
Gainesville Hokie

Bristow, VA

#8 Sep 23, 2011
BTW, I bought things off of the wish list for the teachers too. No way is this company getting my money. There is an upfront cost of $2,000 also. I am very angry that these people have access to my children during school time and manipulating them. This is wrong on so many levels. If your school is even considering this, don't!
Mamasan

Haymarket, VA

#9 Sep 24, 2011
Sounds like the PTO or principal would be the place to start. Our PTO decides on the fundraisers that are going to be done each year. Perhaps they are new and just don't have any solid idea's or experience.

By far the largest fundraiser is our school's silent auction and fun fair. Each parent donates a small item toward the classes "themed basket" and holds an auction during our fair. It gives the kids quality time with each other and families get to know each other. It truly builds a community spirit and doesn't take away from free time at home (selling door to door).

The money raised is usually to buy equipment like smart boards, laptop's, etc. These are things that due to the slashed education budget, our school's are trying to compensate for.

Gainesville Hokie

Bristow, VA

#10 Sep 25, 2011
Fun fairs are great fundraisers. This fundraiser has salesmen come in everyday for a week and disrupt class. Like I said, the kids that bring in the most money are praised and rewarded every day. There are several threads on Topix about this. This is brainwashing pure and simple.
Another PWCS parent

Silver Spring, MD

#11 Nov 10, 2011
Have you read the other thread here? Read some of the comments from PWCS -- click to read the last few pages (there are currently over 300+ comments)

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/alpharetta-ga...

PWCS is the in-road to Virginia that Boosterthon wanted.

This is wrong on so many levels ...
NewHorizon

Woodbridge, VA

#13 Feb 5, 2015
Gainesville Hokie wrote:
Also, does the company take 48 percent of the profit?
UPDATE: Booster Enterprises is using a new contract now. Its "take" is on a scale depending on how much the fundraiser brings in: 35% if you bring in more than $160K. 70% if you bring in less than $15K.(This doesn't include the $2000 that the PTA needs to pay upon signing the contract.)

I don't know when, if ever, this is disclosed to the parents, much less the contributors.

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