STUDENT GIFTS & SOLICITATIONS
Contests and Funds Soliciting
Children are in school to be educated. They shall not be exploited in any way by being used to receive or distribute materials of a commercial advertising or propaganda nature. Nor shall students be used for solicitation of funds in any manner except for the American Junior Red Cross and for local purposes approved in each instance by the Superintendent of Schools.
Solicitations of Students
The district shall strive to safeguard the students and their parents from money raising activities of outside organizations, commercial enterprises and individuals.
The policy applies particularly to ticket sales and sales of articles or services except those directly sponsored or handled by the school authorities, unless specifically authorized by the Board of Education.
Outside organizations shall not be permitted to advertise events through the school or use the children to sell tickets except those jointly school-sponsored or school-approved parent-teacher activities, unless specifically authorized by the Board.
All information, advertising, tickets and other materials must carry the name of the sponsor. The use of the title shall not be used on any materials, notices or advertising without the specific consent of the Board.
Gifts to Staff Members
Students, parents and other patrons of the district shall be discouraged from routine presentation of gifts to district employees.
When a student feels a spontaneous desire to present a gift to a staff member, the gift shall not be elaborate or unduly expensive. (See Policy 2160, School Board Member Code of Ethics)
The Board shall consider as always welcome, and in most cases, more appropriate than gifts, the writing of letters to staff members expressing gratitude or appreciation.
This is not to be interpreted as intended to discourage acts of generosity in unusual situations, and simple remembrances expressive of affection or gratitude shall not be regarded as violations of this policy.
Gifts to Students
Mass giving of items to students for the principal purpose of advertising the donor or his/her wares shall be prohibited.
(For policy on gifts to individual students meeting established standards of achievement, see 5800, Student Awards and Scholarships.)
Adoption date: January 1, 1993
Reviewed on: February 10, 2004