In the fall our primary grade level attended a field trip. I sent many reminders to a student who did not return the permission slip and money. Two days before the trip I received a note from the parent stating that the family didn't have the money. I went to the office and school nurse and after a lot of time was spent looking for the money, I was given the money by an unknown donor. I wrote a note to the parent and explained that the child could go and that funds were made available to her. There was never a word of thanks or appreciation to me. I thanked the people who I had contacted, hoping through them that the actual donor would be thanked. We will be having an annual spring field trip. In the past the teachers have had to pay for their own admission - which I think is ridiculous! I'm trying to get an idea of how to approach this next field trip money situation. I don't want to pay any more out of my own pocket. I had helped do this in the past and I'm no longer wanting to continue with that practice, especially when people aren't appreciative. Has this situation happened to anyone else, and can you please offer me some suggestions other than me paying for the student? Thank you!