I want to get the school some books. As part of the construction this year, there is a new library room, and presumably there'll be space for a lot of new books.
But does this fundraising plan raise as many questions in your mind as it does in mine?
- What percentage of the money actually goes to library books?
- How much is Paragon's cut?
- Is every school doing this at the same time? How many kids are doing these fundraisers?
- How much is in the library fund now? What percentage of the school's overall budget goes to it?
- What books are they going to buy? What books do they have now?
- Can I just donate directly to the library fund? I sure don't want to mess around with this "cold call sales" thing.
- Can I just donate books directly to the library?
Of course, when a big library buys books it gets these extra-strength bindings so the books can be read hundreds of times. But even our very nice city library has some ordinary paperbacks that I'm guessing people have donated to them. What the heck? Lend 'em out a dozen times and toss 'em, or even sell them in a book sale if they're not in too bad shape. No harm, no foul. But even if there's some arcane regulation against doing this, I need to know a lot more about the school finances so I can help out their library and book buying like I want to.