Staff Editorial- What’s the fun in fundraising?
March 30, 2012
Filed under Opinions
When it comes to school fundraising it seems like high school students aren’t as spirited as elementary school students. This could be because students aren’t interested in the school, or that they are busy with school work. This is compared to how enthusiastic students used to get when it came to selling magazines, chocolate, gift-wrapping paper, and household items to their family and friends in order to sell enough items to get a limo ride and a meal at McDonalds. Now it seems like those same students don’t do as much, or get as enthusiastic as they used to.
A theory as to why elementary school students sell rigorously compared to high school students is that first-time parents want to be involved with their child’s school so they help their child with school events such as fundraising.
“Elementary school fundraising is definitely more exciting. While you’re little, they bribe you with tons of prizes. Most of the time in high school you’re asked to sell boring stuff, like candles. At least that’s what I’ve had to sell. I think a lot more kids would get involved with fundraisers if there was more excitement. Edison has successful fundraisers; Marching Band is a group that has had a good outcome, as well some sports. Almost every sport has fundraisers so that their players don’t have to pay as much for equipment, uniforms and spirit wear“Smaller versions of coupon books are lucrative…it’s actually more work for the sponsor whom is starting it…I’m the liaison who coordinates the students, sponsors, and administration to help make sure all the paperwork is disseminated and filled out properly and the protocols are being adhered to…then I send it out to get approved. Fundraisers are more of an approval and coordination process to make sure all the guidelines are being followed according to FCPS policies” said physical education teacher Jennifer Davies.
Tag Day, which is when students participating in Edison’s band go door to door asking for donations, has been a successful method for raising money for band. Compared to the mattress fundraiser that happened earlier in the year, Tag Day was much more successful.