I could not agree with you more. I am a Rebbe in a boys yeshiva. Most of my class is 11 years old. I thought the idea of the Rebbe stickers and the contest was a good one. I had the school buy each boy an album. I got the parents to chip in and other parents as well. We purchased 2 boxes of stickers. I gave them out for exemplary behavior, for an elevated test score and other positive behavior. We agreed that none of the parents would buy the cards or stickers outside of what the children earned. During the year, we purchased 4 more boxes and the idea seemed to go along swimingly. It seemed to motivate the boys. I even got myself a sticker album and some stickers so that I could help understand the boys better. The boys did reports on some of the Rebbes. However, after a few months, I began to noctice a disturbing pattern. I began to see cards over and over again, the same
missing cards as well. I don't know what is going on, but the same 5 or 6 stickers are missing in every album. We must have over 100 number 456, but as you rightly notice, 350 is no where to be found. It seems unfair to take advantage of children this way. I hope you can do what I could do.
Sincerely, Rabbi G.
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