The Practicing Parent: Surviving the fundraising season

Practicing Parents, there's a chance some boxes of candles, wrapping paper, cookies or chocolate could be crowding your home. That's what happens during school fundraiser season.

But how much is too much when it comes to your child's fundraising? Some students spend hours and hours raising money, but does it get in the way of their school work?

Fourth-grader Miranda Westrich's favorite subject is math. Fundraising?....not so much.

"They, like, put a lot of pressure on us," Westrich said.

She has raised $350 selling cookie dough. She's also gone door-to-door with candles and wrapping paper.

Miranda's mom says fundraising is a lot of work.

"They flash all these toys and prizes, and limo rides, and SpongeBob lunches at them and they come home and they're like brainwashed. And like, 'mom we need to sell like 800 cookie doughs," Mandy Westrich said.

Mandy limits where the kids can sell. Their dad doesn't bring it to work and the kids don't knock on neighbor's doors.

Angelina Woodring is a fan of fundraising.

"I go to my grandma's house a lot so when I go over there I would bring the envelope with the catalogues over there," Woodring said.

Raffle baskets are just on of the fundraisers at her school.

"We only have it for a couple of weeks and I like to sell as much as I can," Woodring said.

PTA President Tanya Hilkert says fundraisers are the key to keeping the curriculum current.

"The money for the teachers help them to buy things in their classrooms like science kits," Hilkert said.

Schools usually hire a fundraising company if there is a product involved. Companies keep 40-50% of the profit.