corporations should be allowed to advertise in schools. (A) Advertising…
corporations should be allowed to advertise in schools.
A) Advertising money is easy cash
They’re an alternative to cash donations from school “patrons”
Virginia’s Prince William County Public Schools reports raising $75,000 in its first year of selling web ads.
Minnesota's St. Francis School District on Monday approved wraparound ads on lockers – the first in the state – to gain $230,000 a year for its five schools.
Advertisements prevent cut-backs
“As uncomfortable as it may be for folks, it’s less comfortable to get rid of programs or go through more layoffs,”
School administrators say the advertisements provide the money they need to keep vital programs — or even teachers — in tough economic times.
B) The schools can control which advertising is acceptable and which is not
Most districts prohibit ads for alcohol, tobacco and gambling; some schools also reject ads for unhealthful foods or political advocacy ads.
"All of our advertisers are under the understanding that everything has to be nutrition, education or health and wellness based. Anything outside of those parameters won't be allowed within the school,"
company spokesman Paul Miller
For decades, schools have allowed businesses to purchase ad space in yearbooks and playbills and to have their names emblazoned on sports scoreboards and team uniforms.
"Each individual principal has met with our purchasing manager to look at where on campus they would be," Leopold said. "They could be in the gymnasium, they could be in the cafeteria, they could be on walls in the common areas at the schools. But they would not be in classrooms … because the classroom is where instruction is happening and we don't want any distractions."
C) Ads provide a break for teachers and parents who are faced with multiple fundraisers each school year
you have to spend money on fundraisers to get a fraction of it back.
Take care if you're buying items to donate to the auction, because the average item gathers two-thirds of its retail value.
Eat at this Friendly's or that California Pizza Kitchen between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., and your school will earn 15% of sales! "That means that for the school to earn one dollar, you have to spend roughly seven," Wertheim points out. "People should sit down and do the math." On a $35 bill, the school earns $5.25.
fundraisers are a burden
"But we have no extended family nearby, so we need to try to limit what we sell. I feel bad asking for money more than once a year."
a survey by the National Association of Elementary School Principals found in 2007 that 64 percent of principals would do away with fundraising entirely if they could. They felt that all the efforts to raise money distracted students, overburdened parents, and interfered with teacher agendas.