The ones I REALLY hate, but the kids love are the "art shows". They have the kids do projects in art and frame them in cheapo frames then sell them for $25 each to the parents. If the art doesn't sell, they take it out of the frame and send it home anyway. And they usually start these things at 4:30 in the afternoon till 6. My husband doesn't get home till 5:30, takes 15 min to get to the school, and 45 minutes to get back out for 15 minutes of kool aid and disgusting cookies. No thank you.
They're also doing a jumpathon, fun run, candy sale, reusable shopping bags (that are ASTRONOMICALLY priced btw), and a book sale, and a fall festival on top of the cookies we're selling right now (2 weeks into school I might add!)
And this is all for the PTA. Whom I despise our PTA because they attempt to get things the school really doesn't need (read big screen TV's for the gym) and do almost no kind of outreach. And when someone suggests it and offers to run it they get all kinds of good wishes but zero help. I attempted to do a clothing swap last year to benefit all the people who got laid off around here and help them with winter clothing. They were all for it and abandoned me at the last minute. Needless to say, it didn't get done.
Don't get me wrong, I'll do anything for the teachers that's within my power and budget. I get emails asking for things and I give all I can to them. I know it's hard to teach these little monkeys especially when budgets for supplies are so slim. But the PTA here can kiss my ass.