If you have to pay for something.....are you more likely to hold it in a more valuable place, vs something that was given to you free?
I already know that at school, I am in the minority for some of my views regarding events for this year. I have the backing of several staff, but I am now battling parents.
The kids are in 5th grade, which here means it is their last year of elementary school. Several years ago (probably around the time my kids were born), a group of parents decided that it would be nice to mark the occasion with a "yearbook." The book was small....pictures of all the kids through the years, some pages to sign. It was photocopied.
Over the past 10 years....the 5th grade celebrations have grown out of proportion to the the occasion. The year book is now over $1200 to produce...it is in color, and is hard bound. There are multiple socials, and special events....all because the kids are going to middle school next year.
People....this is not an accomplishment. It is a milestone. Keep this in mind. These kids haven't "worked" and "toiled".....none of these kids said to themselves "gee, I hope I pass 5th grade." It is part of their schooling....but they didn't WORK for it.
So, I am trying to scale things back this year. Smaller yearbook, less events. (Last year...it there multiple socials, year book signing party, graduation). I know this isn't going to go over well.
My plan is to actually show everyone what this costs per child. Last year....it was about $60-$70 PER KID. If you aren't willing to fork that much over...then the events are too much. Let's scale it back to a point where everyone is comfortable, and if we can fund raise to offset it, then great. And if not, then everyone knows they are going to have to pony up.
There were a core group of people who did the fundraising, and by extension....spent the most money. They more or less paid for all the other kids who did nothing (or more specifically, the families who did nothing). And why should those families do anything...they were getting a free ride.
Nope...everyone has to have a vested interest. You think that the kids who just got it all handed to them appreciated it? No...they have just come to expect it. No.
Maybe I need to be one of these parents who sit back and get the free ride....see how the other half lives!!!