I thought I was the only one who hated this program. When my kid was in first grade, she worked hard and got a lot of pledges. In subsequent years after, I have not allowed her to seek pledges. I have not seen where EP Rayzor has benefitted from any of the money, and I hate hitting up family and friends.
Her father and I are the only ones who pledge now because I don't want her to feel left out when they hand out the cheap prizes, but I am bitter about cutting the check each time, not because I don't have the money, but because I see it as a scam. If I could see some real solid evidence, metrics, that the school truly benefits, then I will feel differently.
This program is so deeply entrenched into the school. Unfortunately, it's not going away, but I sure wish it would.