Monday, September 7, 2009

Nine month schools mean only nine months of fundraisers...if you're lucky

Now I like education. My family has been educated. I know teachers.

And I like Christian education.

But there's one thing that disturbed me about the beginning of the school year for Upland Christian Academy. And sadly, it's not unique to the Academy.

They are also holding a fundraiser that day through Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill from 3 p.m. to closing and Marble Slab Creamery from 12 p.m. to closing. Both stores are in the Terra Vista Town Center, 10798 Foothill Blvd. in Rancho Cucamonga.

It's the first day of school, and the fundraisers have already started!

And all of the schools are doing them, and they're doing them constantly, which means that if you know any kids, or live near any kids, you're gonna be hit up over and over again for money.

Ironically, on Friday I participated in a FriendFeed discussion which examined the pros and cons of requiring schoolchildren to engage in six hours of community service every quarter. Valid points were made both for and against the practice. But what about the pros and cons of requiring schoolchildren to engage in six or more hours of peddling candy or decorations every quarter?

Yes, I know that the schools need money, and that taxpayers are evil, bla bla bla. But is it in our best interests to send our kids out to hawk stuff?

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