Thoughts about Boosterthon Fun Run in...

Thoughts about Boosterthon Fun Run in our schools.

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Since: Feb 13

Grand Prairie, TX

#1 Feb 22, 2013
Has anyone else complained about Boosterthon Fun Runs happening in some of our elementary schools?

This PTA fundraiser caused a lot of stress in our home. I appreciate the hard work of the PTA, but I am not happy that Boosterthon reps were in the kids classroom everyday for almost 2 weeks pressuring them to get more pledges. My youngest child thought that getting pledges was homework and she would get in trouble if she did not have pledges everyday when the Boosterthon reps came in to hand out prizes to the kids who had gotten pledges the day before. We had to deal with tears and frustration everyday for almost 2 whole weeks.

I realize that fundraising is necessary, but taking away class time (even for only 5 minutes) EVERY DAY for 9 days while Boosterthon reps come in and "encourage" (pressure) kids to get more pledges just seems over the top. Who are theses reps (salesmen) coming into our kids classes? Have they undergone the same background checks required of parent volunteers? Also, Boosterthon keeps 48% of the pledges the kids collect.

My kids also told me one of the Boosterthon character lessons last week was about the hard work and determination of Oscar Pistorius on his journey to the Olympics. My oldest son found that very ironic as he is very aware that Oscar Pistorius is in jail for the murder of his girlfriend.

I have had minimal response to my concerns from PTA or principal. Are other parents concerned or do you think I am overreacting?

Columbia, SC

#2 Feb 28, 2013
Nope, you're not overreacting. There are many, MANY things wrong with how this company operates. Nowhere on their materials will you find how much money Boosterthon makes off the fundraiser (about half). Kids are pressured daily to bring in more pledges. Children are pitted against each other in unhealthy competition. The track is made very small so children will be able to run more laps and bring in more money. Classes are disrupted daily with messages that emphasize money and cheap prizes, not character or fitness. I can't believe this group was allowed into our school to interrupt valuable instruction time and instead teach children how to beg for money.

Duluth, GA

#3 Mar 2, 2013

413 people had something to say about Boosterton in the above link. This fundraiser is WRONG. So much is written about their practices. Do your homework. Complain. Write the National PTA.

Duluth, GA

#4 Mar 2, 2013
Type Boosterthon in the search topic and you will see it at the bottom.

Roswell, GA

#5 Mar 19, 2013
Agree..they are awful and we dread Boosterthon at our house.

Springfield, VA

#6 Apr 8, 2013
At first, I did not think much of it. Last year, as my daughter was a kindergartener, she knew nothing about it, so we all went with the flow. But this year, it's absolute BRAINWASHING... My 6-year old is obsessed with it, and I'm not buying anything from them. My daughter is having a total breakdown and she does not even cry for anything. I don't know what to do about this. They are stealing money legally and upsetting the kids and families...
PTO president x3 years

Phoenix, AZ

#7 May 16, 2013
It seems that you are all brainwashed by the negative comments. Yes, they keep 48% of the profits, but most other fundraisers keep 50-70% depending on what they are,
. When all is said and done, they net 4%!!!!! The school gets 52%. This is the best fundraiser that we have ever done according to parents, students, principal, staff and PTO! They bring a contagious enthusiasm to the school, teach valuable lessons and do all of the work. Definitely give them a try and avoid the impostors!
BS detector

Grand Prairie, TX

#8 May 19, 2013
PTO president x3 years wrote:
It seems that you are all brainwashed by the negative comments. Yes, they keep 48% of the profits, but most other fundraisers keep 50-70% depending on what they are,
. When all is said and done, they net 4%!!!!! The school gets 52%. This is the best fundraiser that we have ever done according to parents, students, principal, staff and PTO! They bring a contagious enthusiasm to the school, teach valuable lessons and do all of the work. Definitely give them a try and avoid the impostors!
LOL nice spam attempt from the good folks at boosterthon. bravo!

Simpsonville, SC

#9 Aug 22, 2013
I agree with all of the above. My children drill me relentlessly about these contest and what makes me most angry is the fact that if you want to raise money for a good cause then I agree with that but all the prizes that go along with it is stupid. Does anyone ever stop to think about the parents that are struggling to make ends meet and have to deal with the looks on their children's faces when they can't afford to compete? How about the children who get to watch others get things handed out to other children knowing that they don't have the money to earn prizes? I agree with something being done about this because this is a money pit

United States

#10 Aug 27, 2013
Please complain on Boosterthon facebook page about the bad practice of this company so more people can see what they are actually doing and how people react.

Dallas, TX

#11 Sep 4, 2013
These boosterthons are nothing more than using your children for profit for a private company. Regardless of what percentage they make the entire idea is misguided.
Parents have no idea who these strangers are who are turned loose on the entire student body. They are given full access to YOUR child (these kids belong to YOU the parent, NOT the school districts.)
Secondly, public schools were created with the sole purpose of "educating" YOUR child, not money making ventures. Make up days have to be inserted if the weather closes schools.
So why is it permissible for these fund raisers to interrupt schools?
Third, If the PTA is short of money, it is probably because the overburdened parents do not have the finances to pay much.
These companies show no hesitation when it comes to using YOUR children for their own profit. Who are these people being left to supervise and use YOUR children? Why do they keep 48%?
Who agreed to letting them use YOUR children?

Oglesby, TX

#12 Sep 7, 2013
Back to the issue of drug testing in schools.
years ago the state gave permission to drug test ONLY extra-curricular students. And then it was confined to only if the school had a problem with students and drugs.
A school couldn't just drug test because they wanted to spend their over-taxed money on something. They had to have a valid reason.
So, if there is not a valid objective reason like a major drug problem the school should refrain from trying to trap them by drug testing programs. I suggest everyone and anyone call TEA and ask them the criteria for schools to adopt drug testing policies.
They can't even avoid using property values for taxing you for schools. Think they could get the drug testing program right? I think, not that it matters, but it is a failure of the school leadership when drug testing program is adopted. We proved it years ago, and it still stands today. If these college educated professionals who sell themselves as educational experts can't see and do not know when any athlete is altered they have business doing what they do.

Palm City, FL

#15 Sep 23, 2013
I've pledged $2.00 a lap. They sent me a bill of $70.00 you have to be kidding me. I can see a donation to what? I'm not paying this much. What recourse can they do to you. Sounds like a scam.
non-compartmenta lized

Columbia, TN

#16 Sep 24, 2013
Boosterthon is just another company trying to make money for itself using the clever ruse of "building character" while using your child as a pawn to extort money from you. At least, that is the impression that I'm left with after experiencing my first "Boosterthon Fun Run" and apparently I'm not the only parent who feels that way if take just a small amount of time researching the issue.

Of course, as you will see, I'm am not part of the PTO/A/F. I shall be scolded for voicing my criticism by the next PTO/A/F member who reads this comment. These are hyper-feminized women running around trying to be the perfect everything to everyone. They won't accept,"We don't like it" from any parent outside of their ilk. They all deserve "uppity women unite" bumper stickers AFIC.

Regardless, I'm hoping this company, Boosterthon, will be the straw that broke the camels back.

Chillicothe, IL

#17 Oct 14, 2013
Just Say No to the Boosterthon Scam
Mom of two in Florida

United States

#18 Oct 23, 2013
It's boosterthon time at my kids school right now and all I can say is I loath boosterthon! I have a fifth and fourth grader so I've been dealing with this for quite a few years. The first year boosterthon came into my kids school I allowed my kids to go around to my neighbors and ask for pledges. Many of them made donations, Including an elderly couple who very kindly pledged five dollars a lap for each of my kids. At no point where we told how many laps to expect the kids to make. So when we were told that my kids did more than 10 laps each we were very surprised.
I am refusing to take part this year. It's just sad how they throw around all of these incentive prizes, not for something that the children are accomplishing but instead for going around begging for money! And the teachers and boostersonians continue to harass the children each day about getting more pledges singling out those who haven't gotten any yet! This is preposterous. When did it become the societal norm not to allow our children to win a first prize metal for working hard and finishing first because "everyone's a winner" but to reward whomever can write the largest check. I really feel horrible for the families who really can't afford this. The pressure that these people are putting on the children is abhorrent. I am not impressed at all.

Rockville, MD

#19 Oct 24, 2013
Boosterthon is a NIGHTMARE. The employees practically incited a riot in my home with the kids tripping over one another to get more money. My son even offered to deplete his savings account with the idea that he would get some big "prize" in the end. Absolutely unethical, awful company.

West Palm Beach, FL

#20 Jan 9, 2014
Every year since Kindergarten my daughter stresses on the Boosterthon and also a Mr Money school fund raiser. She just stresses so hard..

I was told by my daughter's second grade teacher today that the Boosterthon staff will be in her class the next two weeks.. This is just not right..

This aggressive type of fundraising is inappropriate for elementary school children.. And then to add prizes makes the whole element of fund raising/charity a rotten lesson learned--give and you will get.. Wrong, wrong, wrong!!!!!!

Fernandina Beach, FL

#21 Feb 13, 2014
Take a look at this program as a possible replacement. The Helping Hands Fight Hunger program helped my cousin's school raise over $80,000 and the company only charges 25%. PLUS the kids packed over 10,000 meals for their local community. Search YouTube for Maranatha Christian Academy Pack-a-thon and you will find a video. This is a new program and one worth looking into.

Woodbridge, VA

#22 May 6, 2014
Everybody - check your school districts regulations. In Fairfax County, VA, telephone solicitation by students for fund-raising activities is prohibited.(R1370.6(VII)((F)(2 )).

If you don't have something like this in your school systems regs, contact them. Or better yet, contact your state representative and see if s/he might introduce legislation to that effect.

While you're at it, ask them to mandate that the percentage captured by the professional fund-raising organization (Boosterthon) is always disclosed to our contributors. To do otherwise jeopardizes the reputation of our schools (as shown in all these posts).

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