Lots of discussion about currently how these are "homework for parents" and can be quite expensive for low income families with competetive school mums.
There were very few of these when I was in school (1950s). Once a year we were taken into the city center to the philharminic hall for an orchestra concert. The concert was free but I dreaded asking my parents for the bus fare. Similarly when we were given those horrid little charity envelopes in which we had to put money and get our parents to sign them. If you "forgot" the teachers would nag you and single you out in front of the class.
Knowing I would get snarled at by my parents I usually took mine to my grandmother who put a few pence in to save me embarrassment in front of my classmates. Otherwise I would steal one from my mothers change jar and hope she wouldnt notice.
I know if I had expected my parents to make (or buy) fancy costumes for me I would have been sent away with a scowl.
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