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May 8th, 2012:

He has gone…

… to where the wild things are…

Maurice Sendak, the author of the children’s classic “Where the Wild Things Are” has died at the ripe old age of 83.

Great memories of reading this to all of my kids.

My favorite lines:

THAT VERY NIGHT IN MAX’S ROOM
A FOREST GREW, AND GREW, AND GREW UNTIL THE CEILING HUNG WITH VINES
AND THE WALLS BECAME THE WORLD ALL AROUND
AND AN OCEAN TUMBLED BY
WITH A PRIVATE BOAT!”
FOR MAX. AND HE SAILED OFF THROUGH NIGHT AND DAY
AND IN AND OUT OF WEEKS AND ALMOST OVER A YEAR…

….To where the wild things are…

Christopher Walken puts it best:

 

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New provincial school fundraising Guideline

The Province of Ontario has recently published the new rules, regs and best practices around how School Boards should police the ways a school raises money for school purposes.

For the most part, it is a pretty innocuous doc. But the two bullets in bold concern me.

III. Best Practices
Fundraising activities can benefit schools and their communities by fostering stronger community and school partnerships, increased student and community engagement and by providing support for student or charitable organizations. The contribution of the school community towards these benefits is of value to schools.
School boards should consider the following when developing board-wide fundraising policies:

What really worries me is that we will see a hit to fundraising totals if donors see that a portion of their generosity is being funnelled from the school to a central fund. It will also be hit if we are forced to cut back on events because of an arbitrary limit of the number that we are allowed to have.

The purpose of the central fund is to provide other – less affluent, I suppose… or maybe with an inactive parent community – schools to be able to access monies (that were generated through the efforts of others) to “level the playing field”. Or, as I like to call it “lower the bar”.

And what about fundraising efforts that are already underway? Will they be grandfathered?

The existing Board policy is not at all that detailed and will have to be re-written to deal with this new reality.

Lots of questions but no answers so far. I’ll be keeping tabs on this issue.

 

 

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