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Raising kids who raise money

"Times are tough now and [organizations] need money and you need donations, but there are families who can no longer afford to give like they had in the past," said Mauro.

"You don't know which families in the neighborhood are being more affected by the economy than others. It really cuts both ways because the charities need more now, and everyone is fearful that their donations are going to be shrinking, but at the same time you can't use the schools to put pressure on families to donate to outside charities."

At Shenendehowa Central School District, the guidelines reflect those of the other districts, and Janet Grey, president of the Parent Teacher Organization, said a lot of the focus is on appropriateness of fundraiser activities and the number of events that can occur at once.

Grey said schools have to be careful about how many they allow at one time because they don't want to overload parents and students, and they also don't want to have so many fundraisers at once that certain causes are neglected.

Grey said decision about what to allow are made on a school-by-school basis.

"For most of the events it would be either the principal, or if it was a district event, [the superintendent] would decide if it was appropriate," said Grey. "If there was any question, certainly there are people above a principal, but typically [principals] would be the ones who make the authorization," said Janet Grey.

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