I'm in the fifth grade. We have fund raisers, such as cookie sales and penny drives every now and then, but now it's just gone too far. Now they're making us run something called "the fun run" which, in my opinion, isn't fun at all. My classmates don't think so either. As soon as the rules for this were announced, everyone looked like they were sick to their stomach. For this "fun run", we have to collect pledges of money, either straight up cash, or for how many laps around the gym we run. My teacher told me today that, if we don't collect at least one pledge, that we can't go on any field trips. She said that if we don't work for that money while other kids do, it wouldn't be fair to have fun without paying for it like your classmates. I think it's just sick and wrong to use kids for money.
If this whole fun run thing is on a Friday, there will be a chunk of about 45 minutes taken out of our day as a fund raiser. I figure this by adding up the time of cookie sales (15 minutes) with the whole fun run ordeal (1/2 hour). Fridays always have at least 15 minutes cut out of the day for cookie sales. The schools are so worried about obesity, and then they go selling fat in a package. Not only is it fattening, but it's poison. It rots your teeth, it makes you hyper, and it just gives more money for people to keep on pumping the stuff into children. I personally don't buy any cookies for just this reason. And, just because I don't have enough money.
I understand that schools are on the brink of going broke because all the money that should be going to them is going to blowing up other schools in other countries. But I am here to learn, not to make their money. I've seen inside the school conference room, and I've found out that my school intakes over $25,000 a month. Out of all this money, do we really just need pencils and scizzors and other school supplies? I personally don't care if we get more gym gear or not. I've also been in our PE teacher's closet, and most of the gear in there we haven't even used. I really wish our old PE teacher was here, because our old PE teacher actually used what she had instead of buying new stuff.
Rich people do this very same thing for pleasure. When you take more than you need it has to come from somewhere, often from small third world countries. Children in those countries are working so that people like my new PE teacher can buy stuff just because they want to. Now children in my school are working to pay this off. Is America really free?
Two years ago, a kid was so poor he couldn't pay $3 for a party, and when party time came, he was sent to intervention. Is this really what kids are supposed to learn? Pay up or be excluded? I don't think so. It must feel horrible to be sitting in a small room while you know that your classmates are having fun. I'd hate to know that just because I'm not as rich as some others I can't have the same fun that they do. See? This country really is made just for the rich.
Now do you see what corporate greed and mass production has done? It's put child labor into the schools.