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Petitions Support School Fundraising with Chick-fil-A

At least two petitions have been started to support the Paulding County School District’s usage of Chick-fil-A as a fundraising partner. The petitions are a response to another petition calling for the district to sever its fundraising ties to the chain

Through online petitions, nearly 500 people have taken sides on the issue of whether Paulding County Schools should sever its fundraising ties with a national restaurant chain.

Dallas-Hiram Patch last week reported that a petition on change.org called for the school district to stop using Chick-fil-A as a fundraising partner. It was started by a user named Reagan Stewart, identified as a resident of Douglasville.

“My issue is that [Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s] company is actively donating millions of dollars to certified hate groups like The Family Research Council (FRC) that are actively seeking to promote discrimination towards and lobbying for legislation against the [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] community,” Stewart wrote in her petition. “Although the school is not actually donating money to known hate groups. The school is helping to do just that.”

Following our report last week, at least two online petitions were published to support the continued use of Chick-fil-A as a fundraising partner in the school district. One found on thepetitionsite.com, sponsored by Candi Goldman, asks that the board of education “reject any petition regarding the banning of Chick-fil-A as a fundraising tool in the schools.

“Chick-fil-A donates their product in an effort to support school projects, clubs and activities. Without the support of companies such as Chick-fil-A, 100% of the costs for these things would fall directly upon the parents whose children attend these schools,” the petition states. “In today’s economic climate, these fundraisers are necessary so that our children can have these vital activities.

“We further feel that no one is forced to participate in these fundraisers and therefore the banning of any fundraising is unnecessary and would be detrimental to the schools.”

As of early Friday, the “Keep Chick-fil-A Fundraising Events in Paulding Schools” petition on thepetitionsite.com had 261 signatures. Stewart’s petition as of early Friday had 205 signatures.

Should the Paulding County School System sever its ties to Chick-fil-A? Have you signed a petition focused on this issue? Tell us in the comments.

Another petition, found on the change.org site, is titled “Paulding county schools: Please continue the partnership with Chick Fil A for our schools.” It was started by a user named Mona Parks of Hiram. As of early Friday, the petition had 19 signatures.

“This is important to me because Chick Fil A is company which is focused on programs that ‘educates the youth, strengthens families, enriches marriages and supports the communities,'” Parks wrote in the petition, quoting a statement Chick-fil-A officials made in September. “Our children need more organizations such as this, not less.”

Though the number of signatures on the three online petitions total nearly 500, not every one has come from a Paulding resident. Some of the latest ones standing up for the district’s continued partnership with Chick-fil-A came from users identified as being from Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas, Italy and Australia. Likewise, some of those who have gone online to call for the end to the fundraising partnership have identified hometowns in Arkansas, Illinois and California, as well as Georgia cities outside Paulding’s borders.

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Gerald Eyer December 07, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I believe chic fil a and Paulding Co Schools should continue on with what they're doing. I see no harm in it what so ever. Those outside of Paulding Co. Should mind their own business. This is a local issue and should be handled from within the county, by county residents.
Kookiewkidz December 07, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I see harm in it. Hate is hate. If families have already decided not to support their business, why should schools be forcing the "Chick-Fil-A" issue down our kids throats. If you want to support them, that is fine because it is YOUR choice. Keep church and state SEPARATE!
MTS December 07, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Yes. This is a PAULDING COUNTY issue. If those people opposing the Chick-Fil-A fund raising live outside our school districts, please be sure to send our school district money each week in order to compensate for any losses we may incur. Otherwise, mind your own business.
Mojo413 December 08, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Kookiewkidz... Personally I can't figure out what a chicken sandwich eaten in a school has to do with seperation of church & state. If a parent has already chosen not to support Chick-Fil-A just don't give their child any money to buy a biscuit at school. Myself I love Chick-Fil-A. They make a great sandwich. They provide excellent service to their guest. They support their communities very well. They give $millions to hurting people. I've never seen them belittle anyone for anything. In my eyes because Dan Cathy believes in the biblically based traditional marriage between a man and a woman doesn't have any impact on the taste of the food or quality of their service. Now my opinion... Marriage is a biblical term that represents a commitment between God, 1 man and 1 woman. I support a civil, government recognized contract between any 2 people which provides equal health care, custody rights, tax benefits and any other rights, benefits or rights equal to those a marriage gives to a heterosexual couple. But a marriage is still between God, one man and one woman.

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