My JLS student came home today all gung ho about pushing magazines - and asked me for my address book. Apparently they learned that if they sell 12 subscriptions, they get a jamba juice, a movie pass, and a drawing for a chance to win some $. The 'prize' for selling six is a giant sticky hand, or a lanyard, or some other such garbage.
Meanwhile, the cost for magazine subscriptions is about $15 - $20 each. At 10 subscriptions, that about $200 dollars.
Now, JLS PTA ought to be real clear that I'm either donating $160 directly to JLS PTA -OR- I'm spending $160 on magazines, of which JLS will get only a fraction of the proceeds. IM NOT DOING BOTH. (Here's the math, we only have two Grandma's so at most she's getting two there, so for her to get a pathetic prize - which she's been convinced is fabulous, I'll have to make up the difference.)
And it really annoys me that our kids were (againt our will) brought in to the MP room, and hard sold the magazine sales pitch - because 7th graders don't know they're being USED.
Either this, or I guess I'll lecture her, and let her watch all her friends participate in this really fun and fabulous 'game show' atmosphere at school.
I think it stinks. So JLS PTA - hear ye, hear ye: any money I spend on magazines, to help my daughter get her free Jamba juice, is money you WON"T be seeing in form of check from me.