- The Washington Times - Friday, August 28, 2015

A Dallas-area middle school is being praised for its laid-back approach to fundraising after a mother’s Facebook post of a PTA letter went viral.

Dee Wise Heinz said her 12-year-old daughter brought a PTA fundraising letter home on Tuesday, her second day as a 7th-grade student, ABC News reported.

“My first thought was, ‘A fundraiser already?’” Ms. Heinz said. “But after reading it, my husband and I got such a chuckle out of it and we thought it was so refreshing.”

The fundraising letter cheekily asks for dollar donations instead of asking parents to participate in bake sales and marathons, ABC reported.

“I do not want to hit up friends, family, and co-workers, so here is the money I would have spent buying wrapping paper,” the $25 donation option reads.

“I really wouldn’t have helped anyway, so here is $100 to forget my name,” reads the $100 option.

“I am making this donation to express my appreciation for having nothing to buy, sell or do except fill out this form,” reads the last option, which provides for a write-in donation of any amount.

Ms. Heinz said her family has been “run to the ground with fundraisers” lately and said she appreciated this approach, ABC reported.

She said she was surprised when her photo of the letter on Facebook went viral, garnering nearly 182,000 shares since Tuesday.

“I just shared it with my friends … because most parents can relate to it,” Ms. Heinz said. “When it started to go viral, I called the PTA person and she explained that they’d done this for two or three years and it was a big success.

“There have been a few critics saying if you do this, you don’t have an interest in supporting your child,” she told ABC. “That’s not the case. I don’t want to diminish the value of fundraisers, but time is a valuable resource also, so I appreciated having the option. … With three kids, there’s never just one fundraiser and they’re never just that simple, so it does take a lot more time than you realize.”

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