I was filling out a field trip permission slip and writing the accompanying check, and something was bugging me that bugs me every time: at our school, the parents who act as chaperons on field trips have to pay for their own tickets.
That seems so unfair to me. I can't chaperon right now, and if I could I wouldn't want to because it seems like a huge and boring and stressful duty (not to mention expensive for those parents who also help by driving), and so I really appreciate it that other parents are willing to. Those parents are helping the school, and the school NEEDS them to help in order to take the field trip, but the school can't pay their $8 admission ticket to some historical site? That seems wrong.
So what I did was, I wrote a check for my child's ticket, and I wrote a separate check to sponsor one chaperon. Then I reconsidered: that would put the teacher in a tricky situation, because which chaperon will she choose, and that's unfair to the other chaperons. I took the check out, planning to contact the teacher and ask what would be best.
But now I am thinking a little bigger. I'm considering contacting someone in administration instead. Because what makes more sense than "one parent writes one check for one chaperon" is for the field trip forms to always contain an option to sponsor a chaperon. I get a little twinge (along with a little rush of guilty relief) every time I check the "I will not be able to chaperon" box, and I'll bet other parents do too, so that seems like the perfect moment for us to see a "I would like to sponsor a chaperon" checkbox. The money donated could then be divided among the chaperons, so that they get at least a discounted ticket---and possibly there would even be extra money, which could be put toward future field trips.
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