As I pulled into a convenience store this weekend, I noticed people standing in front of the door. It was a parent or two with four or five kids around 12 years old, asking for money for the kids’ ball teams.

Now we all know that school budgets are stretched thin. I have kids in school also and pay extra for sports, but to stick our kids out in front of a store entrance and make you feel obligated is just wrong. What are we teaching our kids?

Shame on the coaches and athletic directors who encourage this phony kind of fundraising. Show the kids how to have a bake sale. Clean out your attics and cellars and have a yard sale. Get involved with another organization in your community, like the Lions. Put on a benefit supper, I will be the first to open my wallet.

Giving kids tin cans in front of stores is not, as parents, something we need to continue. Let’s make a little effort and show pride in our kids and let our kids see that. After all, kids mimic what they see, and I did donate that day.

Lucien Langlois

Limerick