East Texas school getting rid of cookie dough, candy fundraising

East Texas school getting rid of cookie dough, candy fundraising
(Source: KLTV News Staff)
(Source: KLTV News Staff)

BULLARD, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas school is taking a new approach to fundraising this year, one that doesn't involve prepackaged cookie dough or candy sales.
Bullard ISD is asking for a one-time donation instead, and many are probably praising this idea.

Parents would no longer have to send kids door to door. Friends and family would no longer have to feel obligated to buy something that they may not need.

Susan Gugar has owned Timeless Treasures in Bullard for nearly a decade. Gugar said her youngest child graduated from Bullard High School this past May. She said over the years, she has seen her share of fundraisers.
"I always buy gift wrap, I don't do the cookie dough anymore. I've done that for 15 years," Gugar said.

With grandchildren in first, third and fifth grades, she said showing her support for the district has become a daunting task.

"I think people get tired of it. Especially if they are parents and grandparents," Gugar said.

Carol Davis said at the start of each school year she and her wallet are approached by her two granddaughters.

"It's cookie dough they'll be selling, and gift wrapping paper, and magazines, I buy magazines," Davis said.

This year Bullard Middle School sent a flyer home and posted it to Facebook, explaining the changes to their fundraising tactics.

"We're not going to sell any wrapping paper, we're not going to sell any cookie. We're just going to have them donate some money," said parent Kathy Bosely.

School officials said that they want to continue to do fun things for their students without being a burden on their parents.

"We can collect that money now so we can use it to bless the students with maybe a reward party. If they get perfect attendance, something like that giving them incentives to do well in school," Bosely said.

With the district not promoting door-to-door sales, most of the responsibility fell on parents.

"So if you've got fundraisers going at the elementary school, the middle school, the high school this is going to be so nice, It's one less fundraiser to keep up with," Bosely said.

The middle school is asking parents for $15. When that money is turned in, their names will be entered into a drawing to will prizes. 

For every extra $10 students bring, we're told their names will be entered again into the drawing for more chances to win prizes. Also, the money they collect goes towards an end-of-the-year appreciation party for teachers.

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