Why this school fundraising letter has people laughing

WASHINGTON — A fundraising letter from a Texas middle school is making its rounds on social media after a Dallas-area mom shared it on Facebook.

“After reading it, my husband and I got such a chuckle out of it and we thought it was so refreshing,” says Dee Wise Heinz, a mother of three.

Heinz says her 12-year-old daughter brought the letter home Tuesday.

Unlike conventional fundraising letters, the form uses a hands-off approach to collecting money.

The PTA offers parents an alternative from the usual baking, buying wrapping paper and participating in marathons. They ask for donations — in a really blunt way.

The $50 option reads, “I don’t want to walk, swim or run in any activity that has the word ‘thon’ in it. Here is the money I would have spent on my child’s ‘free’ T-shirt.”

“We liked the idea that 100 percent of proceeds go to the school,” Heinz tells ABC News. “We have been run to the ground with fundraisers so this is a good option for us.”

Heinz says time is a valuable resource and she appreciates having the option to donate instead.

She says the school’s PTA has been sending the fundraising letters home for a couple of years now.

The letter has been shared more than 230,000 times.

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