Charity Begins At Home

I read this blog a while ago and was struck by his 3rd point about schools raising money. I sent it to my sons’ principal.

I am not against schools raising money. I think our schools in general are underfunded.

Median income Johnsburg Illinois $79,918 – Where I live.

Median income Waukegan Illinois $46,614 – Where I work.

I found it interesting that the school I work at seems to do a lot of charity fund-raising while the school district I’m in seems to do more school fund-raising. This is an opinion that may be influenced by my position in each district, parents are asked for money while teachers are asked to organize charity drives.

Where I work we do Market Days which raises a bit of money for the school. We held the almost obligatory canned food drive for Thanksgiving. We collect box-tops for education. We occasionally hold “jeans” days to collect money sometimes for charity and sometimes for ourselves. At the end of the year the entire district will hold a St. Baldricks event to raise money for cancer research.

Where I live we also do Market Days. We collected canned food for Veterans Day. We sold knick-knacks from a fund raising company. We hosted a casino night.

My home district is not wrong for raising more money for itself. I would like to see us collect more money for outside causes. (Is this a valuable use of educational time?) But that want is an individual opinion.

My work district is not wrong is not wrong in raising so much money for charity. I would like to see them raise money and buy more resources for themselves. (Should students even have to do this?)

It bothers me sometimes that we talk about failing schools and they are usually in the type of district that I work in. Yet, the differences are stark.

The median property taxes for homes where I live are $287,910 while the median property values for the district where I work are $141,291. In Illinois where the majority of school funding comes from property taxes we are starting with a huge disparity in money.

The next source of funding, after taxes, is I assume parents. With the median income where I work being about 53% of the income where I live it is easy to assume that the parents in my home neighborhood are going to have a lot more cash to donate to the school.

Is the school failing our students or are we failing our schools? Questions to think about during the budgeting class this year.


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1 Response to Charity Begins At Home

  1. Michael G. says:

    My class just fundraised for ambulances in poor countries. It was far more empowering for the students than fundraising for their school. I advise teachers to do charity work with their class. It’s a wonderful thing to do.

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