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SOUTH JORDAN -- Some parents are criticizing a fundraiser at Daybreak Elementary School in South Jordan. The school is offering cash for jewelry. Parent Christian Burridge doesn't like the idea.
"Maybe you can go home and talk mom into handing over grandma's antique ring so they can get a pizza party. I just think it's an absurd fundraiser. I'd rather just write out a check," Burridge says.
He says it turns kids into agents for a kind of pawn shop.
"We kind of feel like the schools are a kind of sanctuary against all kinds of things that we don't want our children exposed to, especially these scam-type businesses," he says.
But other parents say they like this fundraiser and think it's original. They say it's better than having their kids go door to door, and parents don't have to buy anything. Andrea Sam is a member of the school's community council and PTA. She tells the Salt Lake Tribune this is an opportunity for people who are short on cash but want to be able to help the school anyway.
The school partnered with Deep Blue Treasures, a Midvale-based company, for the fundraiser. The principal tells the Tribune the Jordan School District, PTA and community council signed off on the fundraiser.