something to honk about
My two boys go to the same elementary school. They are in 2nd and 4th grade. For the month of October, the school is doing a special drive to collect ‘box tops for education’ coupons that are on certain food packages. I guess it is a special drive in that the classroom that collects the most will receive a lemonade party. Which doesn’t seem that special to me. Basically that means that every other classroom and child and parent that makes the effort to collect box tops for the school gets the disappointment of knowing their contribution is less-than. Is that supposed to be motivating?
I have already been collecting these box tops anyway and after a couple months of saving them I have a grand total of 18. The only food that we buy often that has them is Cheerios. So last week I went to the store specifically looking for foods that have these box tops so I can help my kids participate in this school drive. I didn’t find very much that I actually wanted to buy. The 18 coupons that we have now, plus any more we clip for the rest of the month will be split between my two kids. Right now, that is 9 each. At a value of 10 cents each for the school that is 90 cents (per kid). Woohoo!
Let’s say, for example, that a family saves a whole bunch of these box tops for an entire school year and at the end of the school year they have 200 and they give them all to the school. That is worth $20 to the school. Is that not a lot of energy expended to give 20 bucks to the school? I mean, if I wanted to, over the course of a school year, I could scrape together $20 straight cash to give to the school and we are in the low income category for families. Low enough that our kids qualify for free school lunches. And I could give $20 to the school. Heck, I already gave $10 cash to my son’s 2nd grade teacher to help her out with materials that she bought out of her own pocket for the classroom at the beginning of the year.
It just really rubs me the wrong way that we’re all gonna go out of our way to collect these tokens worth hardly anything. All the kids are going to get excited about the possibility of their classroom winning a lemonade party. And then one class will get the party and what does everyone else get as a reward for their effort? Nothing!
If I am looking at this the wrong way, or I am not seeing the silver lining here, please tell me. I would love to be able to appreciate this, because I am really not feelin’ it right now. And if you agree with me, you can say that, too. Honk at me!