How many parents and their children haven’t called on family, friends and neighbors to sell these and other fundraising products so their school or PTA could purchase new laptops, possibly new athletic equipment – anything to help supplement their school’s funding deficit?
We aren’t promoting Butter Braids (or any other fundraising company) but we do wonder how many of these and other fundraising products (wrapping paper, cookie dough, etc.) parents will be willing to sell if voters don’t support the district’s ask for increased funding (3A and 3B).
PTAs (and other parent groups) are considered, by the district, a fundraising source these days, not an advocating resource (as intended by PTA’s own mission statement). But parents are often so overwhelmed by the funding hole their own individual school faces, they throw all their energy into school carnivals, kids fundraising/sales contests, and other gimmicky fundraising tools to try to make sure their own child’s school has what it needs.
But what about the 154 other Jeffco schools in the district? Each school (within the district) relies on resources from the district: maintenance, curriculum, training, special services, safety and security – this is a tiny piece of the long, long list (and very simplified) of resources each individual school counts on from the district. You remove these resources, you merely have a building with people – and it may not be a safe and secure, well maintained building at that.
Over the last five years, the district has received $481 million LESS from the state than what was supposed to be budgeted. The governor just released his proposed 2017/18 budget and the negative factor would increase from $830 million to about $876 million. The only positive thing about that statement is the word “increase”- overall it means all districts in Colorado will have a bigger hole in funding to fill.
That’s a lot of cookie dough, wrapping paper, or yes, Butter Braids.
So if you haven’t already decided to support these funding measures for our schools, or worked to help pass them, you may want to start planning now on how much cookie dough, wrapping paper and braids you are willing to either sell or purchase to continue to fund our schools. Perhaps we will just need a giant district-wide fundraising cookie sale?
Parents may find their energy and time is better spent advocating for their schools through PTA to solve the issue at its source, at the state capitol and legislature, rather than going through the same motions of fundraising every year with little to no real results.
Note: We aren’t promoting any of the fundraising companies in this article – but they are a typical example of fundraising tools parents will be seeking if our schools continue to suffer from lack of funding.