Friday, October 30, 2015

Taste of Thanksgiving: supporting local schools

If we've ever had a conversation about school fundraisers, you'll probably know I'm not a big fan of most. Tiny packages of gummy worms for $12, a roll of wrapping paper for $10, a candy bar I could buy at the grocery store for under a dollar somehow costs me $5. And the incentive prizes? Unless I can manage to help my son make 20 separate sales, he's coming home with the same prizes he might bring home from Wunderland Arcade. School fundraisers are a pet peeve for me.

I love things like old school jog-a-thon's that cost next to nothing to put on. You know there's little to no overhead, no skeevey company trying to profit off the under-funding of a child's education, using my kids as fun-size sales people. I also love school activities that bring in a revenue - the book fair (because I love books, and I love my kids to have books, and if the school gets a bit of profit, that's a bonus), school carnivals, silent auctions, spaghetti dinners, pancake feeds. You get the idea.
Jog-a-thons and Thanksgiving dinners to support local schools

But with all the good (and the not so good) fundraisers that the kids, the teachers, the PTA, or the PTO are working on, there always seems to be more need. At my son's Parent/Teacher conference today, I asked his teacher what it is she needs for the classroom right now. Of course, this was something I could reasonably purchase out of my own pocket. She told me baby wipes. Baby wipes. She buys them out of her own pocket for the kids in her class to use to clean the classroom (she uses disinfectant wipes at the end of the day to go back over everything). And she's out. If she's needing to buy cleaning supplies, and that's what they are in her classroom, with funds from her personal budget, just imagine what else she could use. And think about what else the school could use. Mini chalkboards for teaching handwriting in the kindergarten. Updated computer software and hardware in the computer labs. Tablets for the classrooms. Tissues. Pencils. Pencil sharpeners that don't overheat before you've finished sharpening half a box of pencils for your son's class.

I really love when businesses step up and find ways to, yes, promote themselves, but also support local schools at the same time. Whole Foods Market is one of those businesses that I've seen consistently do this. I love that.

This is not an ad or a sponsored post. This is because Whole Foods has an awesome event coming up that I want you to attend.

Whole Foods Market Taste of Thanksgiving: supports local schools

The annual Taste of Thanksgiving is happening at your local Whole Foods Market on Nov. 5 from 5-8pm. For only $5, you get to partake of a ton of delicious Thanksgiving themed recipes. Get some inspiration for what you'd like on your table this year, or figure out something you just want to flat out not make but pick up for your family's celebration. And if there's anything you try that you're loving and craving in April? You know, if they have the recipe for it, you can always request them to make it for you. Because they're awesome like that.
Whole Foods Market Taste of Thanksgiving: supports local schools

Oh, and that $5 to get in? It's a donation, and it supports local elementary schools! And $5 is not a bad price to pay for dinner, I think, especially if you know the quality of food you're going to get. Mmm...

Whether or not you end up ordering your turkey from Whole Foods Market, you have to admit that turkey looks amazing. And actually, their Holiday Solutions Center will open that day and you should take advantage of it. It's an entire department, so to speak, with people who's sole purpose is to help you plan your holiday meals. They'll help you with the traditional turkey, ham, or prime rib, as well as vegan and paleo options.

On top of all this, beginning Nov. 9 and running through the holiday season, they'll be running their Feed 4 More program. That's an opportunity for shoppers to easily support local food banks and food access.

So. If you don't already have super important plans, go to Taste of Thanksgiving on the 5th. You can find your local Whole Foods Market here. Then let me know what your favorite dish was. While you're at it, let me know what you're planning to serve at your Thanksgiving. AND, if you have a favorite school fundraiser you think I should bring to my PTO, comment with it below!

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