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Sell! Sell! Sell! The Ups and Downs of School Fundraisers

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Miranda Westrich's favorite subject is math. Fundraising? Not so much.

"They put a lot of pressure on us" Westrich, a fourth grader, told Ivanhoe.

So far this year, she has raised 350 dollars selling cookie dough. She's also gone door-to-door with candles and wrapping paper.

"They flash all these toys and prizes, limo rides and (Spongebob lunches at them, and they come home and they're brainwashed." Mandy Westrich, Miranda's mother, told Ivanhoe, "They're like 'mom we need to sell like 800 cookie doughs.'"

Westrich limits where the kids can sell. Dad doesn't bring it to work and no knocking on neighbors' doors.

But not all students and parents find fundraising as a burden. Angelina Woodring, another elementary school student, is a fan of fundraising.

"I go to my grandma's house a lot so when I go over there I would bring the envelope with the catalogues over there," she told Ivanhoe."We only have it for a couple of weeks and I like to sell as much as I can."

"The money for the teachers helps them to buy things in their classrooms like science kits." PTA President Tanya Hilkert told Ivanhoe.

If there's good participation,60,000 dollars can be raised.

"A lot of parents are under the impression thatpublic education should be completely free," Amy Christensen, with Leading Edge Fundraisers told Ivanhoe."The schools really do need the parent's support." She says the money raised can pay for books like these, clinic nurses, and copy paper.

Schools usually hire a fundraising company if there is a product involved. Companies keep 40 to 50percent of the profit. Christensen says walkathons can be done without a company since there is no product involved. She says typically there is 25percent participation in most school fundraisers.

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