Alabama school's hilarious 'opt out' fundraising letter goes viral

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An Alabama mom is applauding her 16-year-old daughter's high school for taking a unique approach to student fundraising this year — asking for donations directly instead of forcing parents and children to participate in bake sales, sell products or spend hours making cold calls.

Briana Leggett Woods, a mother of two from Auburn, was preparing for another stressful year of "brown envelopes, emails and Sign Up Genius notices" when she returned from her tenth-grade daughter's "Back to School Night." But as the mom shuffled through all of Auburn High School's orientation papers, one form, in particular, caught her eye.

"Don't want to sell anything, bake anything, buy anything or generally avoid fundraising of any kind? We feel the same way!!" the form, titled the "opt out" fundraiser, read.

The letter explained to parents they can avoid participating in typical fundraisers by simply making a donation that will directly benefit the high school. Parents could give as much money as they wanted, though the school recommended at least a $15 donation.

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