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Is fundraising too stressful in this economy?

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January 28, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A newly elected school board member is worried the tough economy could put a strain on students and parents when it comes to fundraising.

Dr. Anita Brown says it's hard enough for many parents to provide their children with proper shoes and clothing without the pressure of donating to school fundraisers. She wants the board to take a closer look at how many fundraisers are held and make sure they don't add too much of a strain to families.

She said, "I'm just concerned with the fundraisers, we're putting a little more pressure on parents than they need at this point. I know that schools need, so I'm not saying cut it out altogether, but I think we need to really look at it again and be creative, so it will not put so much pressure on parents."

The superintendent also plans to tell principals to make sure any fundraiser is an effective use of time for students and parents. Other school board members said fundraisers actually take pressure off parents by decreasing the amount of money they have to contribute personally for clubs and extracurricular activities.

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