Williamsville Central School District

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Fund Raising by Students

Adoption Date: 7/7/2009
7000 - Students


Fund raising projects in which students sell merchandise, provide services, or in other ways solicit money for school activities may be sponsored by school organizations with the express approval of the Building Principal. Any such plan shall have a clearly defined purpose and, in general, shall contribute to the educational experience of students and shall not conflict with instructional programs or state mandates. All such related activities are regulated by the District and must be:

  1. Conducted by a recognized group under supervision of teachers or administrators.
  2. Activities appropriate to age, grade level and educational objectives as determined by the Building Administrator or Superintendent of Schools.
  3. Conducted in such a manner and at such times as not to encroach upon instructional time, interfere with regularly scheduled school classes and activities, or involve excessive out-of-school time.
  4. Conducted to avoid excessive demands of teacher time or work.
  5. Conducted to avoid excessive financial impact on the community.
  6. Limited to prevent over emphasis on fund raising as part of the  educational program.
All participation shall be voluntary
Door to door sales projects undertaken by any organization using the Williamsville Central School District name shall require previous approval of the Board of Education. Profits shall be used to enhance school programs by providing money for expenditures not normally funded by the District.

Employees are cautioned against giving the impression to students that the purpose of selling items (e.g., candy, holiday wrappings, etc.) or paying a fee is to defray a portion of the District's educational program. At no time should a student's participation in an educational activity include such sales or fees. In addition, it is imperative that employees not deposit the proceeds of any legitimate sales activity in their own personal accounts. These activities may jeopardize a student's right to participate in the educational program on a tuition and/or fee-free basis. Further, employees engaged in such activities may be held personally liable.

New York State Constitution, Article 8, Section 1
Education Law Section 414
8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Section 19.6

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