Last week Mrs. Eagle and I had our first fundraiser for our Knitting (and now Crochet) Club. We needed some money to buy more yarn and needles, as well as crochet hooks for our new crocheters. (One of our fabulous special ed teachers volunteered to teach them how to crochet, bless her, since neither one of us knows how.)
In any case, we were having a hat day which is The Easiest Fundraiser Ever because basically the kids give you a dollar (or in some cases, handfuls of coins) and you give them a sticker to wear on their hat which says that yes, they can wear a hat all day. It's awesome. Twenty minutes of work usually nets around $150 which is about all the money we'll need all year. All we have to do is provide a bunch of stickers, a box to put the money in, and then set up a desk right outside guidance that All The Kids have to funnel through and that's it.
I love simple fundraisers.
In any case, The Enforcer was there right before the kids came in and we got to talking about some of the rather, well, unique, children we have this year. It's weird, but it's like we have had a huge influx of kids with some serious issues with behavior and emotions and goodness knows what else. A lot of these kids are coming from out of the area - many from out of state - and that was another thing we noticed.
The Enforcer, who has worked at a number of buildings in our town, commented that he thought it was as if word had got out that we do our best to help these types of kids. "It's like we're the school of misfit toys," he said. "We're getting all the kids the other schools don't want."
Are we ever.