Our Response To Local School Fundraising Scheme.

(I love this idea. You might also send the materials to members of the Iowa House and Senate committees responsible for education funding. - promoted by desmoinesdem)

When it came time for back to school shopping, my wife and I diligently went through the list of classroom supplies requested by our daughter's teacher, and purchased a couple of large shopping bags worth of stuff.

Then, last week, my eight year old came home with a fundraising request from her school. Basically, the school was asking us to fill out cards with our friend's and relative's names and addresses on them, to be solicited for magazine subscriptions.  A small portion of the proceeds would then be donated to our local school. There was a place on the card for a personalized message, and the sample message was, “Help my school!”

My wife suggested that perhaps the best way to help our daughter's school get adequate funding would be to address the cards to members of the Administration and Congress serving on various education committees with the message, “Fund Our Schools!”.

The following is a list of the people we addressed cards to, along with address information, should you find yourself in a similar situation and are inclined to follow our example.


Current Occupant

1600 Pensylvania Avenue | Washington, DC 20500


Secretary Arne Duncan

U.S. Department of Education  400 Maryland Ave, SW | Washington, DC 20202


Members of the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education


U.S. Congressional Representative Dale Kildee (D Chair)

2107 Rayburn House Office Bldg | Washington, DC 20515-2205


U.S. Congressional Represesntative Mike Castle (R Ranking Member)

1233 Longworth House Office Bldg | Washington, DC 20515-0801


U.S. Congressional Representative Dave Loebsack (D Committee Member)

1513 Longworth House Office Bldg | Washington, DC 20515


Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families


Senator Chris Dodd (D Chair)

448 Russell Bldg | Washington, DC 20510


Senator Lamar Alexander (R Ranking Member)

455 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg | Washington, DC 20510


  • that is fantastic

    Thanks for sharing your story. I can’t stand those fundraisers. I would much rather give $10 to the school than try to sell $50 of something so my school can get $10.

    The parent organization at my son’s school decided years ago not to do any of those fundraisers like selling chocolate, wrapping paper or magazines. On the other hand, last year they encouraged parents to buy Tyson Chicken products and save labels, which were each worth 24 cents for the school. No thanks. I noticed this year they didn’t send home anything about Tyson Project A+.

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