By Henry C.
Students at Jefferson Middle School are encouraged by their teachers and principal, to sell sweets before joining athletic groups, participating in field trips, or during their time in afterschool activities to raise money for their events. Is this a bad thing? That depends on your perspective. “I think they are a nice, easily accessible way for children to make money,” said one of these students during an interview.
“No matter what you try to do there is always competition from other people trying to make money as well,” the student told a reporter. At first glance, Jefferson’s fundraisers are a good and educational way for children to learn how to raise money and make sales. The fundraisers are even structured so that it’s pointless for kids to use the money inappropriately. If a child doesn’t have enough money by the time they have sold an entire box of candy, then it is obvious to the hosts of the fundraiser that the child has taken money for their own uses.
But is it a good thing for children working towards getting in to a team to be competing with their best friend who’s selling cookies for band or his neighbor who’s selling more candy for a field trip? What if a kid isn’t considered good enough to buy sweets from, as opposed to the popular kid selling the same stuff?
When asked about the multiple fundraisers going on at once a student interviewed responded, “It definitely limits the amount of money students can make.” Also, she commented that it would be much easier to participate in fundraisers if they weren’t all held at once. Jefferson has dozens upon dozens of students trying to sell enough stuff before the end of their fundraisers!
When interviewed, one of Jefferson`s teachers who is holding a fundraiser commented that the fundraisers at Jefferson “have a nice community service aspect to them!” Saying it would be nice not to need fundraisers for our schools but that it is necessary to have fundraisers, so that Jefferson can raise the money they lack in order to hold events and after school activities. So even though they clash with one another and can become difficult to get through, there’s no way Jefferson as a school can get around them!
If students want to have field trips afterschool activities, they need money for those things. Fundraisers are a way of getting that money. But many students and teachers agree that the way they are held isn’t exactly ideal. To earn the money needed for school activities students have to compete with each other and hope for the best. In conclusion fundraisers are a good way to make money for Jefferson but they require a lot from the students. But whether it’s worth it remains to be decided!