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Teachers are offering their time to raise money for schools

Original post made by Amy Taylor on Jul 6, 2009

I've been so impressed with all the business in town offering donations for the online auctions. But I'm really floored by the teachers that have stepped up to donate babysitting, outings, and cooked meals to auction off to raise money. I am so proud to have such dedicated teachers in our district. A lot of people talk, but not very many actually DO something. Thank you P-Town teachers for taking action, and being a part of this fundraising effort!

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Comments (36)

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm

What if some of them are angry about G and perhaps poison you?


Posted by J, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2009 at 4:40 pm

The company I work for is located in Pleasanton, and would like to make a donation, but are not certain who to contact as they are materials we would like to donate (to science programs). Is there a person whom we can contact? Or are they only accepting cash donations at this time


Posted by Andrea Green, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jul 6, 2009 at 5:40 pm

J,
They are accepting all types of donations at this time. Cash is always appreciated but for donations of goods or services for the auction, you can contact Amy Taylor at amy.taylor2@comcast.net. PPIE is the tax deductible organization which is trying to fund the Measure G programs. A list of items they are looking for is on their website at Web Link. You can contact Debi at PPIE by sending her an e-mail at mail@ppie.org.
Andrea


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Not just the Ptown teachers. My child's violin teacher gave us an "I love Pleasanton Schools" flier. We have already donated money, and I appreciate my child's violin teacher doing this. Thank you to all who are happily contributing to this effort!


Posted by Amy Taylor, a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Jul 6, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Resident~

Do you think your child's violin teacher would donate some free sessions to auction off?

If you go to this auction

Web Link

there is contact info on the right of the blog to contact me with info about donations. I do appreciate him/her giving out a flyer, that is great. But I'm really hoping people will continue to give of their talents, time, goods & services.


Posted by Amy Taylor, a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Jul 6, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Forgot to mention there are 16 NEW auctions listed that will end this Friday.

Haircut
Yolatea
Dog Walking
Peet's Coffee
Dublin Iceland
Babysitting
Sewing Lessons
Private Wine Tasting Party
Tool Sharpening
8two8 Clothing
Cafe Art - party for 12
Personal Training
Homemade Peruvian Dinner
Movies/Ice Cream
Dent Removal in cars
Tuition to Camp Character

Next week there will be a TIME SHARE, Nolands cake, and many many more.

Web Link

Thanks for your support P-Town!


Posted by Good idea, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Sounds like a good plan. I wonder if something like this would help my colleagues save our jobs? We work for the UC system in vital staff positions, supporting the faculty and students and enabling classes and research to go forward. We've been given an 8% pay cut, will have to pay at least 50% more for our health benefits (and NO, this has nothing to do with Pres. Obama), and will be required to pay a significant amount more into our retirement accounts, plus have the threat of layoffs hanging over us for the forseeable future. I think if we could organize bake sales, babysitting vouchers, ghost writing research papers for undergraduates, running book delivery services at cut-rate fees, valet park cars for the UC regents, etc., we could come up with lunch money once a week or put the tips in a communal pot and save one position maybe?

Sorry for being a bit facetious, but times are tough all around, and it's not just the PUSD staff who are being squeezed.


Posted by Privatize, a resident of another community
on Jul 6, 2009 at 10:12 pm

To Good idea:

YOU ARE A SOCIALIST. TAKE A JOB IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND FIND OUT WHAT REAL WORK IS LIKE. STOP ASKING FOR HAND-OUTS.


Posted by Good idea, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Excuse me, "Privatize", but I put in 60-70, sometimes 80 hour weeks on my fixed income, with no lure of bonuses. I do this (and all of my immediate colleagues do the same) because we take pride in our jobs, take "ownership" of the outcome, really believe in our mission of serving the students (which could very well be your children, your neighbors' children, your nephews and nieces), regardless of the pay or the lack of pay or the threat of layoffs. As residents and taxpayers of California, the University of California system and the Cal State system as well are well-regarded and a source of pride for all... or most.


Posted by My 2/100, a resident of Beratlis Place
on Jul 6, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Privatize, use ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME. It adds class to your posts.


Posted by BLT, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2009 at 10:44 am

Good idea, you simply can't have it both ways. You complain about working really long hours, fixed wages and the threat of lay-offs and then you say the University of California system is well-regarded. It's well regarded because it's operated by the regents, who have had to make changes in your compensation so you can continue to do the work that you do. Quit your belly-aching.


Posted by Amy Taylor, a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Jul 7, 2009 at 12:35 pm

I don't know why you insist on hijacking EVERY thread for your own agendas. Can some of us use the forum to talk about non-controversial issues, without the thread derailing?

Back to the auction. Thanks to everyone in the community who is behind this auction. It makes all the work (and it is a lot!) worth it.

Keep checking back for lot's more listings! People keep coming forward willing to GIVE! It's renewing my faith in the Pleasanton community!


Posted by P-Towner, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Amy, we appreciate the effort you are expending. Realize that public blogs take odd turns at time, so you should expect a little joy-riding from your fellow citizens.

A small nit - Your comment "A lot of people talk, but not very many actually DO something." hit the wrong chord with me and several friends. All tax payers in Pleasanton already do a lot - we pay high taxes: property, sales, gas, federal, county, etc.

We volunteer at our schools.

We support our teachers.

We prepare our students at home.

We demand that our students respect their teachers, administrators and support staff.

A pay our bills and obey our laws.

We vote.

We speak out.

We also have issues with how the superintendant and the school board handled the run up to G.


Posted by school board handled it well, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Just paying taxes and volunteering isn't enough for me. That's why I openend my wallet and made a donation. The ball is in your court now.


Posted by P-Towner, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2009 at 2:14 pm

"Just paying taxes and volunteering", wow, that's fresh!

How about a pound of flesh, while your at it.

We also donated $$. Every year our family contributes a minimum of $250 for each of the schools our children attend. 2x $250 = $500. I'm not playing with a ball and this isn't a game. ;)


Posted by Amy Taylor, a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Jul 7, 2009 at 2:24 pm

P-Towner,
I apologize that my comment offended you. What I really meant was that people in general are quick to speak and not quick to do. We live in a fairly apathetic society. Regardless of the issue, people are generally not motivated enough to physically do something to make a difference. Just the fact that such a small percentage of Americans vote. Just about everybody has an opinion on politics (most have pretty strong ones), yet it's too much to ask to fill out a paper and put it in the mail, or go to a polling booth. Whether you were for or against measure G, whether you want to be a part of raising support for our schools or not, it's refreshing to see people actually doing something to make a difference. Even more than just sending in money (which is HUGE, don't get me wrong). But to put yourself out there and make a sacrifice with your time, that speaks volumes to me. Not to down-play any of the wonderful things on your list, they are all valuable and important. My comment was in regards to my own gratitude in seeing people take action for something they believe in.

That was way more than I intended to write, and I fear that it will only provoke others to attack me (this forum is a strange place).

I just want you to understand that I am not casting judgment. I simply am grateful to see all the "doing" going on.


Posted by P-Towner, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Amy,

You are awesome! :)

To everyone else - let's work together. We live in a great community. When you evaluate other school districts in the Bay Area, you'll really appreciate all we have here. Don't take any of it for granted. Raise your kids to respect education, do all you can to make our schools better, in whatever way you can.

Thanks,

P-Towner


Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Hi Amy,

Just curious - I voted no on G, not because I am against our schools what-so-ever, but because I am furious with the way the money is handled at the district office.

Leaving that possibility of a debate on that issue aside, what guarantees do we have if we participate in the auction or if we make a cash donation that the money WILL be put toward the programs we want (e.g. CSR)?

What guarantees are there that the money won't be handed over to Dr. Casey? Specifically if the 2.8 MM isn't raised? Where will the money go? Into the general fund?

I feel a portion of the community is left out of this because we are frustrated with the district and aren't willing to see the inevitable happen. Just like we are all waiting for the bottom of the economy to hit so we can move on with life, so are some of us waiting for the full fall out of the decisions made by this administration. We'd like to see things rectified before more revenue is given.

Is it your intention with your auction to just get a hold of those that voted Yes and skip around the No on G voters?

I am sincerely asking.

Thanks


Posted by Amy Taylor, a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Jul 7, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Hi Julie~

I hope that some of the No on G people WILL want to be a part of this campaign and the auction. I understood that there was a lot of frustration about where the "G" money would go (admin perks, etc). But PPIE/PSEE has promised that ALL money raised will go ONLY to these 4 programs - Class Size Reduction, Counselors, Reading Specialists, and Music. We are told (and I believe them) that the money raised will NEVER go to the general fund. If it is not all raised, we are told that each of the 4 programs will be given all of the money raised and that each program will be impacted. If more than the 2.8 is raised it will be held over for the following year for the same 4 programs. They made it very clear that they were going to make sure that people's money went exactly where they were told it was going.

As far as I know PPIE/PSEE has a good reputation and I don't have a reason to doubt that they will do anything other than what they have promised. I sure hope this is the case!

All donations are going straight to PPIE/PSEE - I personally am not handling any money. People are even able to ear-mark which program they want their donation to impact.

I really haven't followed all what the district has and hasn't done. There are some things I wish were different (but that is for a different post). But I have 3 small kids (2 in elementary and 1 that will be in a few years), and I'm trying to help make lemonade out of lemons. I want to help keep the schools in the shape they were in when we first moved here (being the schools were the reason for our move). Do I think my efforts will enable the district to spend "their" money unwisely? I sure hope not! Certainly not my goal.

Thanks for comment Julie. I hope I answered your questions.


Posted by Jon, a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 7, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Am I mistaken, or is this thread entitled:

"Teachers are offering their time to raise money for schools"

There are PLENTY of other threads to debate the school board.

Kuddo's for the teachers and community!


Posted by MTB, a resident of Gatewood
on Jul 7, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Jon,

It's a math equation:

School Board + Superintendant + Poor Oversight + Poor Management = Teachers are offering their time to raise money for schools




Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Thank you, Amy.

I really appreciate your response. And I apologize if I have taken away any sentiment intended by this thread, as pointed out by Jon. I don't want to derail any fundraising efforts. I just want answers to make a good decision consistent with my family's concerns.

Based on what you have stated, I will donate. I will donate directly to PPIE and let you save the items on your site for others who need to get something for their donation.

My goal for this district is fiscal responsibility and not "enabling" (as you aptly put it) the district to mismanage funds - in the future. I want to enable the kids and the programs, not anyone riding the wave of public funding outside of reasonable compensation relative to our current economic conditions. I just want things simplified, transparent and honest. It seems that you do as well.

I'm not against funding the school district to maintain programs (of which I also have a child entering Kindergarten here and two younger ones that will attend down the road), I just have read and watched a lot of problems over at the district that have been brought to light and I want that rectified so that we are well-positioned for the future - when our kids are there. That is what I want and what I am hoping for.

And by the way, I vote regularly, go to church regularly and believe strongly in doing the right thing. I can tell you do as well.

God bless you Amy for what you are doing!


Posted by Nice Try, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2009 at 8:32 am

Bear in mind that Casey is one of the board members at PPIE. I would NEVER donate my hard-earned money to PPIE with him at the board. I want to know that my donations will be used most efficiently and not wasted on poor management. Nice try but I ain't buying.


Posted by Nice Try, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2009 at 8:53 am

I made my donation to PSEE's band program instead. It seems they're more forthcoming on where my money will go.


Posted by Rick, a resident of Parkside
on Jul 8, 2009 at 9:08 am

It is sad that those who wish to complain can't just start their own thread about their concerns….. Oh, wait – they already did. Multiple times.


So, how about we simply congratulate those who are VOLUNTEERING their own time (and money) to do something good for the community…..period.


I congratulate all those who have offered products or services to be auctioned off…and to all of those that have donated. This is about as grass-roots a fundraising effort as I have ever seen. It is Pleasanton residents deciding on their own to support a cause.

No one is forced to send money….and those who do not wish to be a part of it, should just move on to whatever else their hearts' desire, and allow those that want to participate in this effort to do so – without complaint.

My hat's off to all of you involved in this campaign.

thanks


Posted by Andrea, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jul 8, 2009 at 9:41 am

Well put Rick! Thanks to those who are volunteering their time and money to try to make Pleasanton a better place for our children. The commitment of the people in Pleasanton is extraordinary and one of the reasons I enjoy living here.


Posted by Alison, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Rick and Andrea,

While I understand both of your points, I think it is unfair to imply (and I will apologize if you were not) that those who are not donating are not working to make Pleasanton a better place for our children. Have you considered that working toward systemic change of an outdated and unsustainable problem is also bettering the community?

It's just not the whole picture as you two state it.

I personally see complaining and critiquing/questioning as two different things one brings down, one elevates.

People in Pleasanton are good people. Everyone is doing what they believe is the right thing. I just want people involoved, and to me, criticizing and questioning help refine any idea. Making it an us vs. them is narrow in scope.

Let's open up the frame and see the entire picture of all the people that are working to make things better, and call out those that are not doing enough.


Posted by Yo Alison, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2009 at 2:14 pm

I don't think the issue is with the critiquing and questioning the Anti-G folks do. It is more about what they aren't doing.

The Pro-G supporters are donating money towards saving Pleasanton schools.

What are the Anti-G/anti-PUSD folks doing other than critiquing and questioning? This isn't helpful at all if they are no concrete solutions. Perhaps reducing teacher salaries will help with CSR for 1 year, but what about the other programs? Where will the money to rehire laid-off teachers and to fund counselors, music education, reading and tech specialists, etc., come from?


Posted by Alison, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Yo,

You said, "I don't think the issue is with the critiquing and questioning the Anti-G folks do. It is more about what they aren't doing...

What are the Anti-G/anti-PUSD folks doing other than critiquing and questioning?"

******

You illuminate my very point in your post. You state yourself that you aren't aware of what others are doing outside of the fundraising efforts and complain that others aren't doing enough.

Simply directing negativity at those who aren't doing things the way you see fit doesn't mean they are not contributing.

Writing letters and speaking to those in leadership at PUSD, researching the budget and expenses, to name only a few, are all things that will contribute toward the betterment of our fiscal situation.

There are lots of things being done outside the posts on this forum. I think it is incredibly narrow to describe others in Pleasanton as "anti-PUSD folks" as you did, for instance. All it does is make it a divisive argument with a perceived right or wrong position. Shouldn't we be encouraging everyone to be working together at all angles and at all levels? Do you sincerely belive baiting others is the way to get things done? I couldn't disagree more.

I believe the people in Pleasanton are better than the limiting description you gave - and frankly it is nothing more than ill-placed and poorly-timed.

Pleasanton is a town of people with exceeding common decency and no one can point to any group and accurately state they are "more for the children" than another. It just is simply not true and to state otherwise demonstrates a poor understanding of the people and the goals of this community.

I personally appreciate all the contributions people are making at every level to create a stable, excelling, and sustainable education program for all of our kids. I hope no one will deter any of those efforts.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2009 at 8:13 pm

I know someone who voted NO on G, yet that person donated to the current fundraising because of the accountability and how they will make sure the money goes to the programs.

I don't think anyone should criticize people for voting NO on G. I voted YES, but I know quite a few people who voted NO - they have their reasons and some are good ones. They are also people who volunteer at their schools, donate money and time. Please let's stop the finger pointing. Measure G is over, and it is time to move on and get the much needed funding and/or change needed to continue to have the quality schools we all expect.


Posted by jan, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 8, 2009 at 8:41 pm

The TOPIC is:

"Teachers are offering their time to raise money for schools"

Any chance the yes on G, No on G, and other related discussion/debates can be reserved for any of the number of topics that discuss/debate just that?

Thanks for the cooperation!

Thanks to the teachers who are going beyond the call of duty!


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2009 at 9:25 pm

I don't think it's the "No on G" people as a whole who are the problem. It's a group of trolls who continually bash anything that gets introduced on this site. Remember the lovely response Amy got from Cholo when she first posted her idea for an online auction? I agree with Rick above. Can't people just congratulate each other for their kind effort instead of continually bashing them?


Posted by Rick, a resident of Parkside
on Jul 8, 2009 at 10:15 pm

To Allison,

No implication was made, so not sure why you may have 'read' one into my post. It is time to raise the discourse - isn't it?

The thread was started and it was clear what the original poster wanted to convey.

Then, - for a few posters - it was just another chance to add more negative comments.

This thread allows those that wish to donate - (read again: "those that wish to donate") - a chance at learning how they can also benefit through the kindness of businesses and private citizens that are willing to donate a good or service.

It is so simple....and I just wish those with (shall we say), "other thoughts" would just try harder to let a wonderful fundraiser get it's due.

Again - thanks to Amy and everyone else involved with the donations...and the bidding.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 14, 2009 at 9:18 am

now you know what i mean when i say that alli is a troublemaker. off with you troublemaker...back to your TROLL garden...


Posted by Randy, a resident of Jensen Tract
on Jul 14, 2009 at 10:08 am

Posted by Rick, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Jul 8, 2009 at 9:08 am

It is sad that those who wish to complain can't just start their own thread about their concerns….. Oh, wait – they already did. Multiple times.


So, how about we simply congratulate those who are VOLUNTEERING their own time (and money) to do something good for the community…..period.

I congratulate all those who have offered products or services to be auctioned off…and to all of those that have donated. This is about as grass-roots a fundraising effort as I have ever seen. It is Pleasanton residents deciding on their own to support a cause.
No one is forced to send money….and those who do not wish to be a part of it, should just move on to whatever else their hearts' desire, and allow those that want to participate in this effort to do so – without complaint.

My hat's off to all of you involved in this campaign
______________________________________

Rick,
Very well said! This thread is about appreciation and there are plenty of other threads to be negative and point fingers. If we as parents can't control our emotions and frustration without finger pointing and being rude and nasty, how can we possibly expect civil behavior from our children?

If people want to donate and volunteer, support one another and work together in a positive manner, what's wrong with that?

I think the weekly thread is becoming a destructive, finger pointing, anonymous format for some people who are already miserable to vent.

If you don't like something in life, take action and be o.k. with whatever it is you do, or don't do. Don't criticize others for their
commitment and positive actions.
_______________________________________________

Some peoples words cut like a sword. PLEASE show some integrity and self constraint!


Posted by Charge a fee, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2009 at 9:50 pm

These forums could be really cleaned up if PW required both registration and an annual membership fee to post.


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