We got a field trip form last week, and after looking at it, I started scratching my head (figuratively). Then, I took to “the Facebook” because I was and still am genuinely confused.
The first field trip form, I thought it was just an error, the second has me calling it a trend…now they are calling the cost of a field trip a “donation”? Um….that’s not right.
Webster defines DONATION as the following:
a : the making of a gift especially to a charity or public institution
b : a free contribution : gift
So, when parents don’t want to make a “donation” their kids don’t go on the field trip? Or is it that the school just doesn’t get as much money and they still don’t get to go? Am I missing something?
Why would you want to make something like this LESS clear?
“Here is the cost for the field trip. Please pay by XX/XX/XX if you want your child to go!” That’s not too hard, right?
I have no issue paying, but I want to be told what the expectation is. If it’s a donation, how many parents are choosing not to make the donation? How much am I over paying if I do make a donation and others choose not to? I’m happy to even help out when a family can’t afford for their child to go, I just want to know it.
If I was a parent who couldn’t afford it, what would I make of this? Would I assume that I had to pay the donation ($16 this time) or my child couldn’t go? Would I pull from my food money so my kid could go when I really shouldn’t because I don’t want them to be excluded? Would I know that I could ask the school for help (is that even an option)?
Spell it out here, schools. Stop being political. I’ve been told that this is the wording because schools “can’t ask you to pay for a field trip.” Um. Then, DON’T ASK US TO PAY! How is this any different?
I’ve been told that children can’t go on field trips if they don’t make the “required” donation. So, now they are excluded from our publicly tax-funded school programs? Because they didn’t make a donation?
I’m not trying to be insensitive to those who can’t pay. I’m not thinking about that aspect. I am thinking of those who can pay and why it’s called a donation and how it all works out.