school fundraisers

Posted on: Thu, 03/14/2002 - 7:00am
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Does your school try to be peanut/nut safe when fundraising? What do you feel is reasonable?

Posted on: Thu, 03/14/2002 - 7:45am
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No they don't. Won't even consider it! Told me to join the PTA to control it. I feel they should not do food. I don't think it gets opened in school but I wouldn't want my kid to help sort peanuts.

Posted on: Mon, 03/18/2002 - 12:29am
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Our fundraisers almost always have a big mix of things; gifts, home decor, gift wrap, etc.. and ALWAYS a big assortment of chocolates and nuts. I just make sure we don't order any of the candy/nut gifts. I hope my kids are never asked to sort any of it. It's usually sealed up inside the tin and then the tins are sealed too. I haven't had cause to worry about it yet, since we don't buy any of it and the kids are too young to be asked to handle any of it (kindergarten and preschool). I don't look forward to them getting older when the kids often carry around boxes of candy bars and such to sell. I won't let my PA girls participate in that unless there are no peanut or nut containing products involved.

Posted on: Mon, 03/18/2002 - 1:23am
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Please see my post "Nut Free Chocolate Fundraiser"
Hope this helps! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 03/18/2002 - 3:03pm
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Half yes, half no, and somehow I feel comfortable with that half and half situation.
Of course, the school does sell those beloved chocolate covered almonds. I recognize that these are a tried and true fundraiser. I had the vice principal at Jesse's previous school ask me if it was okay (that was cool) for them to sell them that year and I said that yes, it was, but Jesse wouldn't be participating in the sale.
At his new school, they did have the chocolate covered almonds as well. However, all of their other chocolate products are apparently safe.
Now, we have yet to experience any type of bake sale or other fundraising event so I'm not clear what that will be like. I know that at his previous school it was always a horror show for me and very stressful, particularly the Fun Fair.
I do know that when the Parent Council was presented with a multitude of other fundraising ideas other than food products, they just turned their noses up at the brochures. I believe Vesey's Seed Company (vegetables, flowers) even has a school fundraising program.
Also, there is a company based in Quebec that does have peanut, though not tree nut free chocolate products for fundraising. I did speak with the sales representative and he actually called me back a year later to see if I could get the school interested in the product. I felt he followed up really well.
I know their link is posted here somewhere.
I think for me, if it's an after school "event" where fundraising will be done, such as a Fun Fair, it's really important to me that it is safe for Jesse to attend because he should be able to attend after school events safely. Of course we can avoid the bake sale table, but you can't avoid children eating pb cookies on the playground. So, that has to be dealt with.
But, when I know that the chocolate covered almonds are coming in wrapped really well, distributed at the end of the day, not eaten at the school, etc., I feel that it's okay for me not to object. I just make it clear that my children will not be participating.
Of course, I wish that they would find other things to raise funds, but with schools as cash strapped as they are, I guess it's difficult.
Hey, am I playing devil's advocate here by mistake? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 03/18/2002 - 10:48pm
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This year my kids school had a fundraiser where they could bring in money and send each other candy grams. Well of course one of the candy grams was a reese's. The thing that ticked me off is one of the people in charge of the fundraiser was my son's Kindergarten teacher who has been educated, by me, on the dangers of peanut products etc. and they have a peanut free classroom. There are five kids in this elementary that are pa, including my son and daughter. My daughter's teacher did not like the fundraiser and would not allow the kids to eat any of the candy, except at home.
I guess I'll have to take the kindergarten teacher to the woodshed again. Wish me luck!

Posted on: Mon, 03/18/2002 - 10:49pm
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This year my kids school had a fundraiser where they could bring in money and send each other candy grams. Well of course one of the candy grams was a reese's. The thing that ticked me off is one of the people in charge of the fundraiser was my son's Kindergarten teacher who has been educated, by me, on the dangers of peanut products etc. and they have a peanut free classroom. There are five kids in this elementary that are pa, including my son and daughter. My daughter's teacher did not like the fundraiser and would not allow the kids to eat any of the candy, except at home.
I guess I'll have to take the kindergarten teacher to the woodshed again. Wish me luck!
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Posted on: Tue, 03/19/2002 - 3:47am
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They will only be sensitive to it if I call it to their attention. Otherwise it is never part of their planning. Our solution is that we usually just don't attend. Not a big deal, really. Getting involved and constantly making them revise their plans has resulted in lots of resentment. They are tired of hearing about it and I am tired of telling them. I am just at the point of "whatever".
Ellen

Posted on: Sat, 03/23/2002 - 12:35am
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Nuts/peanuts are not banned from my son's school. They are banned from his classroom and the other grade 2 classroom and other class areas like the gym where he takes gym class and the computer lab etc. When the fundraising group wanted to sell chocolate covered almonds I suggested to the principal that I was ok with that as long as the two grade two classes were not asked to participate in the fundraiser and as long as the gyms were not used for storage or distribution of the product. We have an agreement that the activities undertaken by the grade two classes are inclusive of everyone in the classes including my son and the other special needs children. The principal convinced the committee that non food fundraiser was more appropriate.
Bake sales once popular, have been reconsidered as the teachers/principals have struggled to find a way to be inclusive. I never say I don't think you should do that but I do always come back to our agreement and ask pointed questions about how an activity fits into our shared goals.
Hope this helps.

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