I remember selling Girl Scout cookies, and then in high school, certain groups having fundraisers…
Like, the Pep Club having a bake sale to help surface the baseball diamond, or maybe the marching band raising money to participate in a big parade in Washington DC.
But I never had to sell anything to support my school….and being a service brat, I went to different ones in different places.
Wherever it was, we always had paper and pencils, and art supplies…my high school in Wisconsin offered driver’s ed…. the cars were loaned by the local Buick dealership.
It was the baby boom…. a huge incoming population of schoolchildren….but schools weren’t impoverished like they seem to be now.