Now that kids are heading back to school again, parents across the country are dreading another annual tradition - school fundraising events. We know they help raise much-needed money for our children’s schools, but we really don’t look forward to the volunteering, selling, and organizing that goes along with it. But one school in Alabama gets this and they came up with a clever way to get the funds they need while giving parents a break.
At Auburn High School in Auburn, the Parent Teacher Organization just sent out a fundraising letter for the 2018-19 school year, which explains that “opt out” options for parents. Briana Leggett Woods shared the letter on Facebook in a post praising the smart idea.
The letter reads: “Don’t want to sell anything, bake anything, buy anything or generally avoid fundraising of ANY kind? This year you can OPT OUT of a traditional fundraiser by making a donation that will 100% DIRECTLY benefit Auburn High School and help us achieve our goals of helping students and teachers.” The comical letter explains that for a $15 donation, parents will still be included in emails, for $25, parents can buy the freedom of opting out of all calls, emails, and sign ups, and for $50 or more, the PTO will “forget” the parents name and face and “not ask for anything else all year.”
Briana was in support of the opt out option, commenting, “Where has this been the past 11 years of school life with my kids.” And a lot of other parents commented that they agree it’s a great idea and they wish they had that option with their kids. Of course, not everyone is a fan of the plan, but for a lot of folks, paying $50 to not be asked for anything else all year is a total bargain.