To Fundraise or Not to Fundraise … THAT is the question

The folks on my campus are very community-minded. We’re not just teachers. We live in our district. We made it our home because it’s a great place to live.

One of the many joys of working with the folks that I do is that we like to hang out together after we’re finished teaching the kiddies. Not that we party (or as some like to call it, go to “choir practice”) every weekend, but we’re friends as well as colleagues.

When opportunities come up where we can spend time together and participate in good causes, many of us jump on the bandwagon and join in.

Case in point: Race for the Cure. We don’t have a large team at this point — I’m told that everyone’s waiting to sign up on race day.

Well … okay …

I volunteered to be team captain and it really doesn’t matter to me how many show up. It’ll be fun, that’s for sure.

And now, Relay for Life. I wasn’t going to do it because when we as a campus have participated in the past, it was a requirement that everyone raise a set amount of money. Asking people for anything, much less money, doesn’t come naturally or easily for me.

The team captain asked me this afternoon if I would join her team. I’m guessing it’s because since she’s joining my team, I should reciprocate and join her’s. She even sweetened the incentive with, “And you don’t have to raise any money. I just want you to join us.”

Now how can I refuse that? I said, without hesitating, “Sure!”

Now that the pressure to raise funds is off, I think I might actually WANT to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

You can make a donation to this fine organization by clicking here: Relay for Life

Many thanks in advance for any support you feel led to provide.

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