The very second I sat down to write this post (a day and a half ago), a stomach virus hit my kids. It’s been a messy couple of days; I’ll spare you the details.
I’m glad the virus waited until yesterday, because it’s been a busy week. Monday, I went with Maybelle’s class to the butterfly exhibit at Meijer Gardens. I was doing OK – sort of– until I had the completely irrational fear that a butterfly somehow flew into my pullover fleece coat. I lost it. On the way out, you have to go through an area where people check you to make sure that no fugitive butterflies are stuck to you. I don’t take any chances and spend a lot of time in that area.
Earlier in the week, A.P.’s school hosted a “Meet the Author Night.” The PTO brought Trinka Hakes Noble, who wrote among other things, “The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash“. This is a big favorite at our house, and we have the Reading Rainbow episode featuring the book recorded so we can watch it over. And over. And over.
The PTO at his school is incredible. It’s a public school, so they have to work very hard on fund raising for this kind of event. The school also hosted “Paleo Joe” and “Al The Wacky Weather Guy” last week. Joe was all right, but Al was AMAZING. If your school has a chance to book him, do it. I am biased, because I used to volunteer at the Kalamazoo Nature Center and worked with him a lot. But still – he is awesome.
I wanted to do a quick review of the fundraisers the PTO does. I know times are very tough for many families. Most of these do not require you to purchase anything you wouldn’t already buy. Of course there are the random crappy cheese and sausage or wrapping paper deals, but I don’t pay any attention to them. If your school doesn’t already do these programs, they are worth checking out.
- Meijer Community Rewards
- Michigan Apples School Sweepstakes
- Great Lakes Scrip
- Box Tops for Education
- Campbell’s Soup Labels
- Paper Gator
- Target Take Charge of Education
- Pop Can Tops (I don’t know which program this is; I just dutifully bring them in and put them in the jar in the Parent Room)
What else? Anyone doing a different fundraiser at your school? Please share!