Fundraiser for Bell Multicultural High School in Columbia Heights

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From gofundme:

“We are the Senior Class Student Government representatives at Bell Multicultural High School, a public school in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington D.C. This year, our graduating class has been working tremendously, in order to raise enough money to decrease the cost of our senior fees of $300/per student. This total only accounts for the each students Cap and Gown, Graduation Announcements, Yearbook, 1-Prom Ticket, Senior Class T-Shirt, and a Senior lunch. This amount is extremely expensive, considering this total does not include the Senior Trip to New Jersey and New York, currently priced at $350/per person

Although our Senior Class fees have decreased over the years through fundraisers, donations, and etc., we refuse to simply sit around and pout! Although, this looks perfect in our heads, unfortunately we are struggling economically, and thus apprehensive about the possibilities of graduating with this debt. More than 80% of students in the senior class receive free/reduced lunch and receive other public benefits. The economic instability of many of the students’ households further hinder the affordability of these fees.

As Student Government representatives, our job is to voice the concern of our peers and figure out solutions. That is why we are reaching out to people who are compelled to support us! School Bake sales are just not cutting the costs lower enough and considering we have to pay these fees by May 20th, we do not have much time!

Hopefully you can support the 211 students graduating this year, by your generous donations! Any amount is of service, as it accumulates, and inevitably makes a vast difference. On behalf of the Bell Multicultural Class of 2016, I would like to say THANK YOU in advance!”

Donate here.

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  • So this is really going to be a cranky grandpa comment, but what’s with kids these days? Since when is it okay to just ask for 21k for prom and a trip to NY from strangers?
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    When I was in high school we held bake sales and pancake breakfasts.
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    I’ve really come to hate gofundme and similar sites.

    • Online fundraising campaigns take work. And it might even be “better” work, in terms of skill-building: the kids are learning about modern fundraising, communications, and outreach techniques that are used in the professional world. As someone who works in fundraising, I think it’s actually resume-worthy for these young student government leaders that they’re planning and executing an online fundraising campaign. It’s also more efficient to campaign online, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

      I hope they reach their goal and that every senior is able to enjoy those senior-year milestones that many of us took for granted at that age!

      • Oh god. This response makes me depressed for the future of the world.

        • Why?

          • Someone who is (presumably) an adult (although probably a millennial) thinks that not only is it appropriate, it’s beneficial for high school students to simply put up a web page begging for money to fund their party and trip rather than actually working for it.
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            The sense of entitlement is just stunning. This is literally what’s wrong with America. Not only does it undermine a work ethic for these teens, it sends the message that rather than create a functioning economy we should depend on the whims of the wealthy to insure against loss, create charities, etc.

      • I wouldn’t exactly call this valuable experience. Asking people for money for things without providing anything in return is not a very realistic approach to getting what you want and need later in life. It doesn’t take a ton of effort to start a “gofundme” page. I am all for supporting these and other kids but the point of raising funds for trips and graduation related activities is for there to be some kind of sacrifice (usually student’s time or labor) in exchange for funds. Like most things, gofundme started out with the noblest of intentions, like helping those who are sick or in dire straits, but it definitely crossed the line when people use it to get people to pay for elective activities.

        • Except just sticking a gofundme page online isn’t enough. That won’t get them there. They’re trying to raise quite a lot of money, and in order to succeed, they’re going to have to have to do a ton of outreach for it. That takes a lot of hours; more than I think most people realize. Although it might seem like it, things like this don’t usually just go magically viral. And if they don’t put in the work to do that outreach, they won’t raise the funds. So either way, it’s a learning experience.

          When I was in high school, my parents paid for this stuff for me as a reward for graduating. I didn’t have to sacrifice anything for that; I was just incredibly fortunate to grow up in a family that could afford it. For at least 80% of these students, going by the free/reduced price lunch numbers, that’s not the case. So they’re going out there and trying to raise the funds, and they’re using modern tools to do it. They’re already doing more than a lot of kids have to do in order to enjoy these perks — why do they need to “sacrifice” even more? They’re graduating, which is awesome, and I don’t think it’s wrong for them to be rewarded with the same sort of perks that wealthier kids get.

          • Wait, so someone who’s parents paid for everything in high school is telling us that other kids should just beg a bunch of strangers for their money? Isn’t the lesson there that they should learn to appreciate the value of a dollar and the sense of accomplishment from honest work?
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            Also, how appropriate that someone who was given everything by their parents makes a living asking other people for money. I guess you’re saying low income kids need more training in entitlement?

          • I must be old, but I don’t get it. Fundraising used to mean holding a book drive or a bake sale or at least meeting with people face to face at events to pitch your cause. Now, I guess it’s the equivalent of on-line panhandling. If someone knows about an event that these kids are participating in, I hope that they relay it to the Prince so he can post it here. I would definitely go. Otherwise, I don’t approve of people asking for money online for non-essential things without demonstrating that they will do something in return. That’s just my opinion.

    • I guess I need to yell at the kids to get off my lawn, too. When I was in high school, I raised funds by working after school and on weekends. Or by selling things like baked goods. It would have never occurred to me to just ask strangers to give me the money.

      • You may have noticed that the economy in DC in 2016 is rather different from what we grew up with. High school kids are competing against adults for the traditional part time service jobs. Even lawn mowing and babysitting. I don’t know anyone who hires a HS student to watch their kids. And I know a lot of parents. And how often do you see someone under 20 behind the counter at a fast food joint? I was waiting tables 15 hours a week when I was 16. Now low-wage employers have their pick of full-time, experienced grown-ups who don’t have a pesky school schedule to interfere with their work.
        As for selling baked goods… Eggs are $3 a dozen. Butter is close to $4 a pound. So you tell me how much you’re willing to pay for a homemade cookie, preferably an amount that would allow them to clear more than 15 cents each. And that’s assuming that these kids have well-stocked kitchens, with mixers and baking pans, and a parent with leisure time to show them how.
        Your “I did it and so should they” attitude is very Republican. And completely ignorant of the current economic reality.

        • Accountering

          I am just going to +1 this.

        • +1. I worked constantly (often 2 jobs) from 15 until I graduated law school. That doesn’t really seem like a viable option for teenagers now (particularly in DC; when I go home to Texas it’s still teenagers bagging groceries and tearing tickets at the movie theater), unless their parents own a small business.

          • Well, this is certainly one of the negative externalities of DC’s skyrocketing minimum wage. When we (I’m assuming most readers are 25-40ish) were kids, employers would take a risk on an unskilled worker at $5.15 an hour (or even less, for us at the top end of that age range). At $10, or $12, or $15 an hour, I can get a college student. The higher minimum wage means fewer opportunities at the very entry of the workforce, and unfortunately, the problems that will produce for this generation are only just beginning and will snowball from here. And I say that as a lifelong democrat – just a democrat with a basic understanding of economics.

          • @Shaw – I think it’s much more a result of the economic collapse of 2009. The problem isn’t that employers aren’t willing to “take a risk” on an unskilled worker, it’s that a huge swath of skilled workers have to compete with unskilled workers for jobs because theirs disappeared.

        • I don’t think the economic reality has anything to do with her comment. The argument here is that people would like to see these kids do something more than just ask for money, whether in the form of service or product. I support that attitude and I’m not a Republican. But if we’re really arguing for the appreciating the difficulties of economic reality, I would say that it would be more helpful if these kids appreciated their own economic difficulties and not partake in these elective activities rather than to lament at how butter is too expensive for me to make cookies so therefore that’s why I have to just ask people to give me money with nothing in return.

          In other news, I wish a recycle program for cap n gowns were more common place. It seems, at the very least, you could alleviate that cost by just reusing a gown from a previous graduate. Who wears their cap n gown more than once? So maybe a better gofund me campaign would be, “hey, we worked really hard to gather used cap n gowns. Will you help fund me to have these taken to the cleaners?”

          • I’ve never heard of using a used cap or gown. In every graduation I’ve participated in – there have been 4 – the gown had to be returned after the ceremony. And the cap was mine to be kept as a souvenir. So the payment was for buying the cap and renting the gown.

          • I’ve always had to purchase mine and I keep the cap and the gown, which, sadly, I threw away because I just have no use for it (kept the tassel though). I would have liked to donate it to the next class or something.

          • At my high school, we had to buy the cap and gown, but they were made of very thin material and the total cost was something like $20. (College and grad school had thicker/fancier caps/gowns, and they were available as rentals.)
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            For high schools where students have to purchase a cap and gown, a recycling program would be fantastic — there’s usually no occasion to wear your high school cap and gown a second time.

        • So many excuses! First, no high school kid needs a parent to show them how to make a cookie. Second, baked goods are obviously far from the only option. What about selling T shirts or candybars or ads in the yearbook? Holding car washes or garage sales? Heck, I’m sure the bright kids at this school could think of lots of creative, entrepreneurial ideas!
          I’ve never thought of myself as a Republican or even voted for one. That said, I suppose that, if thinking people should ideally earn the money they spend makes me a Republican, then so be it.

          • Again, so many of these kids’ families live in poverty. Who is going to front the money to sell T shirts or candy bars? Where in DC would you hold a car wash? What stuff could they sell in a garage sale?? Where could they hold a fundraiser where they wouldn’t have to pay for a room (remember these are kids, they can’t have a happy hour at a bar…)? And let’s be real, if they were asking for money on the street, you would say it’s a scam and complain about the “roving youth.”

          • @MCR – You underestimate these kids. I have no doubt they are sufficiently clever and innovative to create an entrepreneurial enterprise for themselves. If they need start-up money, they can use the donations from their gofundme page or pitch a project or service using kickstarter or local websites. If they need mentorship while doing so, there are many here (including myself) and elsewhere happy to offer it.
            As my kid grows up, when she wants an extra like special dinners or trips, I really hope I don’t just give her money. I don’t think that would teach her the values she needs to learn.

        • People don’t patronize bake sales for the quality of a cookie. People would gladly pay $1 for a cookie made from a Pillsbury cookie roll if it supports a good cause. people would pay $10-20 to have their car washed by kids who are working towards a senior trip.

          • +1,000. I don’t think I have ever driven past a school as an adult that was hosting a car wash and not stopped to get one – even if I didn’t *need* one – both out of a sense of nostalgia and a pay-it-forward mentality, recognizing that I must have washed 60 cars personally at a dozen+ car washes to pay for my own senior prom. High school kids rarely even do a great job washing a car, but I tip every single one of them because I respect the fact that they are at least trying.

        • “Even lawn mowing and babysitting. I don’t know anyone who hires a HS student to watch their kids.”
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          Not to sidetrack this discussion, but while this was my experience in DC as well, it is definitely not true for the suburbs (at least my suburb). In our short time in the hinterlands, we have had multiple middle and high school sitters (depending on the length of time and time of day). It’s definitely the norm here, and paying $15-$20 an hour for an adult sitter will get you a raised eyebrow from other parents. I have no idea why that is (other than I didn’t know any middle or high school kids in DC), but it’s a welcome change to not have to pay an extra $80 to see a movie.

          • I once had someone suggest that it would be neglectful to allow a HS student to watch children (in DC, of course).

          • That’s lunacy. There’s a basic course – CPR and some other stuff – that 7th graders can take in Montgomery County (not sure if it’s Maryland-wide ) to get a babysitting “certification.” That, combined with knowing the kids (and parents) is more than enough for us to be comfortable with a 7th grader watching our daughter for a few hours in the afternoon. If we were going out for the evening, I’d be fine with a 15yo watching her (i.e., getting her something to eat and making sure she turns out her lights at a reasonable hour). People who say that’s neglectful are undoubtedly the same ones as those who are wringing their hands over private school admissions this week. Ferris’s quote about Cameron comes to mind.

          • Wow. I grew up in Fairfax County and babysat every weekend from age 12 until I went off to college. I took it incredibly seriously. I babysat for about five families in my neighborhood and loved it. I’m much more comfortable with kids than most of my peers (I was shocked to hear a friend had never held a baby until she had her own) and am grateful I had the experience of growing up in burbs- for SO many reasons-but especially for this opportunity. Watching three kids, including a newborn with a cleft palate, starting at age 14 really helped me mature. I’m so glad no one thought it was neglectful!

    • if you start out by writing, “this is really going to be a cranky grandpa comment,” just stop right there, man. shit’s expensive and they’re not asking for a trip to Cancun. you have no idea what other work the students are doing to raise money but this is a part of modern fundraising. either get with the times or take your negativity elsewhere.

  • HaileUnlikely

    I am not even conceptually familiar with a “senior trip.” Is this a common thing that schools do?

    • The NY/NJ trip is roughly $74K if everyone went. There’s got to be a cheaper way to pull that off.

      • If $350 per person includes travel, lodging, and meals for 2-3 days — which it likely does because if it didn’t they’d probably be asking for more — that’s really reasonable. And there may be other expenses that we aren’t aware of, like extra insurance or costs for chaperones.

      • HaileUnlikely

        I went to a predominantly wealthy suburban high school (my family was nowhere near wealthy, probably about 300% of the poverty level, but it was by no means a low-income school) and we did not have a senior class trip. I never even imagined such a thing. (I’m not saying they shouldn’t be able to do things that other schools do because they are a predominantly low-income school; I’m saying “kids do this now? WTF?”)

        • My senior class trip was to Disney World. I didn’t go to some fancy high SES private school – just public school in rural NJ.

    • Or traditional senior trip was a caravan of beat-up cars from the midwest to Myrtle Beach. At least one broke down every year. I can’t believe our parents let us go. Maybe they considered it an exercise in resilience and real-world problem solving or something.

    • binntp

      This was my thought. Granted, I went to a large urban school with 600+ in my graduating class, so the logistics of such a trip would be a nightmare, but I was unaware this was something public schools did.

    • Our was a trip to Kings Dominion.

    • I’d never heard of a “senior class trip” either. Or a “senior lunch.”
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      I can see the necessity of a cap and gown and (so that nobody feels excluded) a yearbook and a prom ticket. But graduation announcements? A senior class T-shirt? A senior lunch? Those don’t sound essential to me.
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      I’m also curious what the breakdown is as far as how much of the $300 each of these components makes up. I know stuff costs more now than it did when I was in high school, but nonetheless that sounds like a lot of money for the items cited.

      • All common things among High Schools in the DC area. Typically the Sr Class plans all of this the summer before Sr year hence why the go fundme page was started 10 months ago.

        If you have kids, plan now lol

        • That’s unfortunate (re. “All common things among High Schools in the DC area”) — it’s not a good thing if “keeping up with the Joneses” results in students at poorer schools having a hard time coming up with the funds.

      • I don’t think we had a senior class trip in Fairfax but I also might have skipped it. We did have an “all night grad party” right after graduation that kept people from drinking/doing drugs to celebrate grad. I hated every minute of it but I’m kind of surprised that wasn’t included in the $300 since I thought the concept was fairly common these days.

    • phl2dc

      Ours was an evening on a boat.

    • We had a senior trip…just a day and it was to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg IIRC. We also had senior night after graduation AND then we had beach week where everyone rented houses/condos with friends and went to Myrtle Beach for a week.

  • they should target alumni for help

  • I could get behind donating to offset the cost of cap and gown and graduation invitations, and *maybe* yearbooks. The rest is all nonsense that nobody needs and I’m surprised that many people would want.

    • I generally agree with this – it would be very sad if anyone couldn’t participate in the graduation ceremony due to lack of funds, but senior trip, lunch, t-shirt, etc. all seem pretty superfluous. I’m kind of surprised that a school that is 80% FARMS would plan a pricey graduation events knowing that the majority of its students couldn’t afford them. We certainly didn’t have those things at my high school (although we actually didn’t have caps or gowns either – we just wore nice clothes and the principal handed us our diplomas, but that may be because I’m from Canada). Anyway, if they can raise the money, more power to them I suppose.

      • Maybe I’m wrong, but this efforts doesn’t appear to reach the senior class trip – it’s for the senior fees, which are for “Cap and Gown, Graduation Announcements, Yearbook, 1-Prom Ticket, Senior Class T-Shirt, and a Senior lunch.”

        • HaileUnlikely

          I’m unclear on what specifically donations will fund. They state that their senior fees are $300/student, they state that that $300/student does not include the cost of the trip, and they state that they are trying to “raise enough money to decrease the cost of our senior fees.” On their gofundme page, their fundraising goal is $21K, which is basically $100/student.
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          I don’t have any idea how the senior trip is paid for. I suspect it is probably a la carte and that many/most students simply will not go – I do not actually know this, though. In any event, in a school where ponying up $350 for a trip on top of $300 for other routine expenses (for the present purpose I’ll just go right on ahead and lump prom and such in with “other routine expenses”) is likely to pose substantial financial hardship for the vast majority of students, the trip really strikes me as frivolous and irresponsible. Some students will not go and will feel left out. Other students will probably go to the financial detriment of their families. If it were simply zeroed out, nobody would feel pressure to spend money they can’t really afford in order to go on the trip, and nobody would feel left out for not being able to go on the trip that a bunch of their classmates went on. The line “This amount is extremely expensive, considering this total does not include the Senior Trip to New Jersey and New York, currently priced at $350/per person,” which admittedly might be mainly to attempt to gain the sympathy of the reader, suggests to me that students feel that going on the trip (and thus paying for it) is necessary or at least expected and is a source of financial hardship. If it were simply zeroed out, each student would be left trying to afford $300 rather than $650. This would still be more than some could afford, and I might be willing to contribute to that. But the trip still rubs me the wrong way.

          • +1.

            Though I don’t think prom should be in the “nonsense” pile. While its not essential for graduation, I do think its a very “high school” experience that students should be able to have – way more so than grad announcements.

  • I went to Wilson in the early 90s and remember paying for things a la cart. If you want to go to prom, you pay for it. If you want a yearbook, you pay for it. I knew some homeless kids in my graduation class. It would have been awful if they were told they couldn’t walk the graduation line because they didn’t have a cap and gown.

    • +1 I went to DeMatha in the 90s and that how it was for us as well. We just had $250 due at the start of the year basically for the Cap and Gown and “graduation fees”. Everything else was a la carte. It appears that the Sr Govt at this school is basically taking advantage or utilizing the new age go fundme phenomenon to fund every ones graduation expenses. Cant really knock them for trying. The page has been up for 10 months it seems and they are pretty far off from their goal unfortunately.

      • Your parents probably paid more for you to high school than mine did for my college (I tried to adjust for what the 90’s tuition would be compared to now). You really showed these kids the meaning of hard work having to pay $250

    • phl2dc

      I graduated in the early 2000s and it was a la carte as well.

  • “That is why we are reaching out to people who are compelled to support us!”
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    Is this some sort of internet Jedi mind trick? “You are compelled to donate!”

    • Yeah…. I don’t want to be that person, but their missive is so poorly written that I’m more inclined to donate for books than for a trip to New Jersey. I’m not looking for high art here, but a proofread assisted by a teacher seems like it would have bolstered their case.

  • So these are kids who probably live in poverty and we are knocking them for trying find resources to guarantee everyone gets the basic graduation treatment. I have a feeling most of the people here never had to worry about funding thier cap and gown/yearbooks. Oh and for those railing on them to “get a job”? How do you know these kids don’t have jobs and that money is going back to thier families? Have some compassion people. Its not going to one student but the whole class. I applaud these kids for making an effort to ensure everyone is included.

    • Sounds like you’ve probably lived quite a blessed life if you believe that a multi-state class trip is a “basic” graduation cost. That’s nice for you.

      • It’s basic if it’s a school-sanctioned event. It would be unfortunate if kids without the family resources are left out of what Bell has decided as a community is a rite of passage when you graduate. My high school didn’t have a senior trip, but I can imagine it would have been a massive financial strain on my family had I had one, and I’m not sure I would have been able to go. Being left out of major events like that is something that sticks with you, and being left out for financial reasons is incredibly painful and feels so unfair as a teenager. Life will be hard enough once they graduate, don’t begrudge these kids their celebration for their achievement.

      • I didn’t go on senior trip, but I agree its important. Have a heart. And I’m super blessed. Sounds like you aren’t, lol.

    • But this gofundme goes well beyond “basic graduation treatment,” and is asking strangers to pay for frivolities – senior class t-shirt, senior lunch, etc. – while mentioning an expensive senior class trip. We didn’t have any of those things at my public high school where 60% of students lived in poverty. We did have a graduation ceremony and caps and gowns, because we held traditional fundraisers and asked alumni to donate their caps & gowns – not because we asked strangers on the Internet for a handout. We also didn’t have a senior trip, because that simply wasn’t affordable for the majority of the school. Students need to learn that they can’t expect to live beyond their means by whining about it on the Internet.

  • the fundraising is to cover SOME of the graduation cost for the senior class, NOT the class trip.

  • If GoFundMe didn’t work people wouldn’t use it. I won’t donate, but I no have issue with this any more than I would have with kids at Sidwell just going down stairs and asking mom or dad to write a check. When businesses beg for investors (with no guaranteed promises of return) or tax breaks, they’re being savvy aggressive go-getters, when a few urban kids ask for help on school trip they’re being entitled? I’m hearing dog whistles with my human ears.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I agree with this.

      • You know, if you guys continue to accuse those who dare to disagree with you of being Republicans and racists, you’re going to find yourself in a surprisingly small tent when election day rolls around.

        • HaileUnlikely

          I’m not. Read my other comments. However, I think Mark does raise a good point that we are applying an ugly double-standard regarding businesses asking for money versus students at a very high-poverty school asking for money.

          • Hmm. That is a good point… but on the other hand, PoPville posts about for-profit businesses doing Kickstarters, etc. often get many skeptical comments too.

          • Then I am not the straw man you’re looking for. I definitely oppose hand outs to businesses too. I’m sure lots of people do.

        • If you’re going to decline to vote because some anonymous internet commenter wasn’t kind to you, I’m not sure what to say.

          • @dcd – I didn’t say that, did I? But if you don’t understand that, in general, being quick to throw around accusations of racism tends to alienate the subjects of those accusations and to make them less sympathetic to your cause, I’m sure what to say: You don’t understand basic human psychology.

    • And there we have it, folks. It only took a couple hours to get a commenter suggesting that people who have problems with this charity campaign are racist. Credit goes to MarkQ!

      • Didnt get that from his response at all

        • People see what they want to see. And if they want to see a way to discredit an argument… Bonus points if you can totally ignore the actual central point of that argument.

        • If you guys don’t understand what the term “dog whistle” means, I think it’s worth your time to google it.

  • If you don’t like this tactic of fundraising, don’t donate. I don’t understand the need to belittle these students simply because they are trying a very common fundraising technique. Calm down and move along.

  • I live right beside this school and have seen them outside selling baked goods and fresh vegetables and herbs from their garden. They are trying to raise money through several different funding sources. This is a public school that serves some extremely disadvantaged students and does so in an inclusive and supportive environment. I think instead of looking at this from a political lens, or comparing it to our own high school experiences, perhaps we should support the children in our community who have reached this incredible milestone. Congratulations to you all and I wish you the best of luck with your fundraising!

  • My read of the gofundme page is that this is for one fee which covers several things (not including a senior trip). Whether “a la carte” pricing used to be the rule, it’s not the case here. The page also says that “school bake sales” have not been enough, which suggests that they have been trying to raise the money through other means but have not been able to.
    I have far less of an issue with this kind of solicitation than I do with someone asking for money to help open a restaurant or a bar.

  • The high school graduation rate for DCPS is about 65%. That means that over 1/3 of the students who started at Bell four years ago won’t be graduating this year. High school graduation is actually a pretty big accomplishment, especially among low-income students like the 80% of Bell seniors who qualify for free or reduced-cost school lunches. http://osse.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/osse/publication/attachments/Adjusted%20Cohort%20Graduation%20Rate%20Overview%202014-15.pdf
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    Do the negative commenters here remember what a big deal graduating from high school was? It was a huge moment in my life, even among my middle- and upper-middle class friends, and I know a lot of people who never got to enjoy a proper high school graduation day because they dropped out of school, got into legal trouble, or had some hardship that caused them to get a GED instead of finishing high school. Sure, most of the members of PoPville are college graduates, and perhaps the sheen of that first graduation day has worn off, but that doesn’t make it unimportant for these students.
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    I want to celebrate these students’ accomplishments, not criticize them for trying to fund raise for costs that are usually taken for granted as part of the school experience. I would not want a student to miss prom because they couldn’t afford it – but I don’t want our taxes to pay for prom either. That’s means fundraising makes perfect sense to me.
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    I hate to stand on a soap box, but I feel strongly about this, and am looking forward to contributing to this campaign. Congratulations, seniors!
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    Signed,
    Your Columbia Heights Neighor

  • I hope every single person considering “donating” to this group instead contacts the organizer and offers 20 hours of WORK at $15 an hour to the first student who wants it.
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    We all have 20 hours of *something* that someone can do – washing a car, cleaning the bathroom, data entry to input that pile of business cards on your desk into your Gmail Contacts – I could probably come up with 20 one-hour tasks around my house in ten minutes or less that an unskilled high school senior should be able to handle. Some just things I haven’t gotten around to (like the business card import idea), some things I just dislike but that are in no way “demeaning” (like scrubbing shower tiles), and some that I’d just enjoy having done but never have the time to do myself (like washing the car).
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    But just “giving” these funds to the students, who already admit that they get everything else, even lunches, for free, only worsens the entitlement attitude this “fundraiser” already reeks of. I went to an incredibly competitive high school, was involved in sports and plenty of other extracurricular activities, and still managed to work 20 hours most weeks and have a good social life. There’s 12 weeks left in the semester. Any 17 or 18 year old kid who tells you they can’t find TWO hours a week for ten of those twelve weeks to do real work and earn real money is just lying to you. Especially because you could do the whole twenty hours in two ten hour days in one weekend.

    • Having worked at Office Depot (New Hampshire Ave) and Darcars Mitsubishi in HS 2 nights a week and weekends in HS

    • I don’t think the problem here is an attitude of “entitlement” from the students per se. (And that comment that the students “already admit that they get everything else, even lunches, for free” really rubs me the wrong way.) Maybe the problem is that the school has created a “revolution of rising expectations” by having SO MANY senior costs/activities that students now perceive as essential. It would be better to have fewer costs/activities and make the package less expensive.

    • “But just “giving” these funds to the students,who already admit that they get everything else, even lunches, for free, only worsens the entitlement attitude this “fundraiser” already reeks of.”
      Jesus Christ! Because CHILDREN are not entitled to food. CHILDREN should be out there working a job so that they can feed themselves. These damn children, thinking they are “entitled” to food! I mean, they’re already getting an education for free, what will the want next?!?!

      • @anonamom – I never said kids weren’t entitled to food (though I will point out all the children in my family get that food from the parents who produced them, as did every prior generation of children, though that is a much different debate for a much different post on a much different site). I am merely pointing out that I was supporting dozens of children with my tax dollars for over fifteen years before having any of my own – free lunches, free metro cards, etc – on top of my regular giving to local athletic leagues, donating time as a volunteer tutor, and a robust summer employment program with a previous company I owned.
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        And I’m fine with all that. That’s part of being in a democratic society, and it’s something I happily have done, and will continue to do for the rest of my life, *on top* of paying for my own children, because I have had a combination of good fortune and hard work put me in a place where I can, and should, give back.
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        But I draw the line at funding senior trips and prom tickets. If you want those things, do what I did and work for them.
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