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Smart Woman: School Fundraisers

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Lynchburg – Miranda Westrich's favorite subject is math. Fundraising, not so much.

"They, like, put a lot of pressure on us," said student Miranda Westrich.

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

"They flash all these toys and prizes, and limo rides, and SpongeBob lunches at them and they come home and they're like brainwashed. And, 'mom we need to sell like 800 cookie doughs'," said mother Mandy Westrich.

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

"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," said student Angelina Woodring.

Woodring is a fan of fundraising. Raffle baskets are just one of the fundraisers at her school.

"We only have it for a couple of weeks and I like to sell as much as I can," Woodring said.

"It's hard to say I'm going to spend, you know, $18 on a roll of paper, wrapping paper," Mandy Westrich said.

PTA President Tanya Hilkert says fundraisers are the key to keeping the curriculum current.

"The money for the teachers help them to buy things in their classrooms like science kits," Hilkert said.

Up to $60,000 can be raised if there's good participation.

"A lot of parents, families, are under, uh, the impression that, you know, public education should be completely free," said Amy Christensen with Leading Edge Fundraisers.

Christensen says money can pay for books, clinic nurses, and copy paper.

"The schools really do need the parent's support," Christensen added.

Mandy says she agrees with that, but not at the price of her students' sanity.

Schools usually hire a fundraising company if there is a product involved. Companies keep 40-50% of the profit.

Christensen says walk-a-thons can be done without a company since there is no product involved. She says typically there is 25% participation in most school fundraisers.

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