Thursday, January 22, 2009

From The Backpack


You have got to be kidding me!!!!

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Blogger Michelle said...

wait. . .

Didn't they also ask that each family contribute an entire tray!?!

So now you are supposed to fork over an entire tray, PLUS donate to the classroom's tray.

Lemme guess, you're also supposed to go there to see if you can "win" your tray back now?


7:06 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

That's crossing way over the line. Unfortunately, if you don't, Chunky will stand out and that is really tough at his age. They have nice big cojones at that school.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

You have GOT to be kidding me.

And what the heck is a "Tricky Tray" anyway? Just a gift basket?

7:53 AM  
Blogger Cindy in Happy Valley said...

I'm confused (again) by what a "Tricky Tray" is exactly and why you need to contribute to the "classroom tray".

In this economy? Are they mad?

7:59 AM  
Blogger lisa said...

this whole tray thing just won't die will it?

i'd put it in my 'ignore' pile.

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand. Will there be people from outside the school that will be bidding on these "tricky trays"? Why not charge the families $20 and be done with it. Love, Mom

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a scam! I can't believe the school would actually expect that of all the families. Like your Mom said, they should just have every family donate $20. Love, Aunt Susan

8:31 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. I would call the central office or school board members and complain about the fund raising policy. That's the exact reason our system has a 1 fund raiser per year policy with voluntary participation. What does this money go towards anyway?

9:22 AM  
Blogger kristi said...

WTF is a Tricky Tray anyway? You should say that you would like to volunteer for the committee to rename the Basket name in lieu of the 2 bucks. Tricky Tray sounds like some kind of sex toy.

9:25 AM  
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9:25 AM  
Blogger Kay aka dkswife said...


9:36 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Ugh! I hate fundraisers.

Our community voting booths are set-up at the local highschool, which means that at every election, as voters cast their ballots and prepare to leave, they are accosted by every school "group" doing a fundraiser.

When my son was a freshman at the highschool, we stopped to donate to the freshman group, and the seniors were sitting at the next table. One of the girls said, "Buy one of our (whatever thing they were selling). We're seniors. We need the money more."

My husband said, without skipping a beat, "Get a job."

I always wondered, with all of these thousands of fundraisers every year, where my tax dollars are going.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Mag said...

This note reminds me of the meandering form letter I got from one of my nieces. The gist of which was, I know I don't give a darn about you all and even though I don't have a plan, I'd appreciate a donation to my post graduate trek through Europe.
I ignored that one.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Now this is just obnoxious. Honestly, donate a basket and donate for the class' basket?

So far, we haven't had too many fund raisers here. In Kentucky, we had them EVERY month, and it was all crap.

What on earth are they doing?

10:39 AM  
Blogger Ellie said...

I wondered how this was unfolding, and I guess I have the answer. Cojones, indeed. I particularly like the excessively polite guilt trip. What a crock!

10:56 AM  
Blogger Disco said...

I'm also with your mom. The only fundraisers we've bought from are the book fair and the 'entertainment' book (coupons!). I can buy cookie dough and wrapping paper much cheaper, so would prefer to just make a donation.

(Do you collect boxtops, etc?)

12:17 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I hear you! I had to donate $10 to my kids' school ($5 per kid) for their classroom's "Life on the Lake" baskets. Add to that the $175 in raffle tickets each family has to sell (or buy or they'll add $175 to your tuition), plus the 20 hours of volunteer work each family has to do with the school yearly (or have $400 added to your tuition). Sheesh! But that was part of the contract I signed when I enrolled my kids.

It somehow seems worse for parents with kids in public school (which is tax-supported) to have to keep shelling out money for things. I know some of the suburban public school districts here in the Cleveland area charge anywhere from $200-$500 a year per kid for "fees", even though the schools are supposedly "free".

12:22 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

I'm still confused as to what a tricky tray is.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Upon receiving that, 2 things would have happened. 1) that paper would go directly into my shredder and 2) the principal would have been called and been told that she/he is absolutely insane. Seriously.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...


1:57 PM  
Blogger Dianna said...

I think notes like that coming into my home would exceed my capacity to be ladylike (as if I had any in the first place). I would refuse, and I would have a conversation with the principal. I think I just found a reason to be glad to pay my kids' college tuition bills - at least I no longer get the gift wrap, candy and Tricky Tray letters!

3:34 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Totally obnxoious!

5:18 PM  
Blogger Poops said...

Damn, that's quite a fundraiser.

Give, give 'til it hurts, or else.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

So much for letting it slip past without having to get involved...because you know they'll bug you about those $2.

I just had a vision/flashback to that "Better off Dead" John Cusak movie where the paper boy kept hunting him down for his $2.00...

Whatcha gonna do?

8:33 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Tricky Tray is right - tricked you right out some mo money! Sheesh!

1:58 AM  
Blogger Ina said...

Gah, a delayed-action backpack notice. There's plenty of time between now and March - I wonder how many more there will be.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Linnea said...


4:20 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Wait - so you have to donate a basket AND and extra $2? Pick one folks. Geez! They're greedy!

9:39 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Clearly I am way behind on my blog reading. But. Wow. If I read that right, they want you to donate a basket of stuff. AND then donate more money for a communal basket?? Really? Talk about sucking the budget dry. And right after Christmas too. Oy. Grapefruit sized cojones.....

1:09 PM  

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