Over-enthusiastic parents

Holy camoley! Some parents just flabbergast me.

Like for real, FLABBERGAST!

The boy’s school was having a fundraiser for new gym equipment. It is an annual thing but this year the prizes were way better than they had been in previous years. This year the 10 kids who raised the most money would be getting brand new scooters.

This is a huge deal.

Last year the prizes were basketballs. Basketballs don’t get the same kind of response.

Both boys were buzzing about the possibility one or both of them would raise enough money to win a new scooter*. I swear they turned into bees and just went on and on about the scooters.

So the kids were given a week and the campaigning started.

For the first time ever, the boys decided to employ a strategy when it came to their campaigning. They decided to combine their efforts rather than splitting the money they collected. They decided (amongst themselves, for real, there was no nudging from me) to pool all the money they collected and put it towards Mat’s mission for a new scooter. In a week, they managed to get $60 and that is what Mat’s submitted to his teacher.

I think $60 is a fair amount given they only had a week to campaign and the pool of people we could hit up for donations was limited. I mean if each kid collected $60, the school could get a whole lot of new equipment.

But I guess I am an anomaly because $60 turned out to be on the low end of things. After the fundraiser winners were announced, the boys came home and were telling us about kids who brought in hundreds of dollars. Multiple hundreds of dollars in donations after a week of campaigning.

I was blown away. Either the other kids hit up some very generous people for donations or their parents helped them out. It turns out it was the parents. They topped up their kids donations so they would have multiple hundreds of dollars in donations and win a scooter.

That’s crazy.

You can get multiple scooters for that kind of money. Just go out and buy your kid a scooter if you are going to bust out your credit card for this kind of fundraiser. I get the big donations if you are passionate about new gym equipment but these parents just wanted their kids to win.

That I don’t get.

*Now it should be noted somewhere that both boys already have scooters and Maks really didn’t want a new scooter. He just wanted to win. Whereas, Mats does have a scooter but he has outgrown it and a having a new one would mean he could finally graduate from his baby scooter onto a big kid scooter. First world problems at their finest.

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