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Pay with check for fundraiser items

Aug. 6, 2014 at 12:51 p.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

As the 2014-15 school year approaches, I want to share some advice regarding school fundraisers.

My children participated in school fundraising projects when they were younger, so I have always been happy to "pay it forward" by supporting kids who get out there and knock on doors to help their schools. Last year, however, I had a bad experience.

Here's what I learned: If you are ordering products from someone you don't personally know, get the student's name, the parent's name and a phone number. Do not pay with cash. Write a check payable to the school - in the event that you do not receive what you ordered, but your check is cashed - you and the school have some recourse.

If you have a problem you cannot resolve with the parent/child you ordered from, contact the school to make it aware - and ask for its assistance.

Tambra Barnett, Victoria

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