Now that Will is a seasoned school veteran...you know, two months into JK, I'm starting to get into this whole school thang - and I love it.
I'm on the Board at his daycare; I've gone in to meet with his kindergarten teacher; and I'm looking forward to getting involved with his school. I was a joiner in school, so I'm fairly certain this will continue as a parent.
BUT. I have a little, little complaint so far...and before the end of the day, I need to know I'm doing the right thing. It's magazine fundraiser time. You know it because I think every school does it. And I'm all for it. I'm a magazine addict and the savings are spectacular.
What I'm NOT a fan of is the incentive prizes. At Will's school, there are incentive prizes for how many you sell. He doesn't give a crap about them. What he is obsessed over though, are the penguins. You see, if you sell subscriptions to certain magazines, you get a penguin. This is something that Will does give a BIG crap about. Because you see, 'Mooom - everyone has penguins now and I don't.' I ordered $300 worth of magazines yesterday, but I realize that none are 'penguin worthy'.
This morning, I almost ordered another JUST to get him a penguin. Then I stopped. I think this is crap. Is he going to be disappointed? Absolutely and I'm bracing myself for the tears tonight when he comes home penguin'less. I don't mind fundraising and I certainly don't mind asking my friends and family to support the cause but I don't think having incentives for fundraising is right. Not at a school when the playing field is not always level.
What are your thoughts on this? Should I get the freaking additional magazine and prepare myself for the next 14 years of this with tape across my mouth??