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The Best Alternative to PTA Fundraisers Ever

The Short of It

Back-to-school time doesn't just mean back to homework and a regular routine for your kiddos, it also means back to fundraising for school. But understanding that no one wants to bake three dozen allergen-free cupcakes or beg friends and family to buy things from a catalog that they don't need, the PTA at a school near Rockwall, Texas, sent home a snarky, spot-on form that put fundraising requests in a whole new (hilarious) light.

The Lowdown

This one's for the moms (like me) who don't even try to be overachievers and make perfect Minon cupcakes, but shamelessly send in donut holes. Mom Dee Wise Heinz posted a photo of the letter that the PTA at her 7th-grader's (unnamed) school sent home. Clearly, this PTA feels our pain: The letter was a check-list for parents, with funny, totally truthful reasons as to why they were sending in cash and not selling goods. Options include: "I do not want to bake, so here is the money I would have spent on those cupcakes" (suggested donation: $15), or "I do not want to hit up friends, family and coworkers, so here is the money I would have spent buying wrapping paper" (suggested donation: $25). "The fundraising 'business' is out of hand," Maria Guido wrote on ScaryMommy in a blog post about the letter. "And it’s really hard as a working parent to keep up with these extra events that are required to show your support. There’s no shame in throwing money at something, sorry." Lots of parents obviously agree—Heinz's Facebook post has been shared more than 76,000 times since August 25th, and the comments I read were 100% positive. To quote just one: "This. Is. Awesome."

The Upshot

I agree—and I, for one, am not apologizing! I can't tell you how many times I sent my kid door-to-door in our condo complex asking neighbors to buy expensive stuff to, "please help my school out." I'd love to get a letter like this from my kid's school. Now, the hands-on fundraisers I am up for: car washes and park cleanups—let's get outside and get active to make a difference for our schools!