Secret fundraising on the rise

A bag of candy is shown off by a student. Photo by Alison Dhont.
A bag of candy is shown off by a student. Photo by Alison Dhont.

The word “fundraising” is very familiar for most students at CVHS. Students in extracurricular activities like clubs and sports need fundraisers to continue doing the things they love, but CVHS administration has a different outlook on the ways and means of the fundraising tactics. Recently, the act of selling candy on campus as fundraisers is against CVHS rules.

The ban on students selling candy on campus during school hours has some mixed opinions. Many students feel like fundraising is a necessity, and when one has restrictions on campus, it makes it ten times harder for clubs and sports to meet funding goals.

“I don’t understand,” said CVHS junior Michaela Nash. “School is where I see and speak to the majority of my age group, there is no middle aged adult who would want to buy a candy bar from me.”

CVHS administrator Nicholas Whitaker explained the reason for the change. “It goes against nutritional guidelines and it is also food competition for the cafeteria,” he said. If CVHS students are buying candy bars for lunch, then the cafeteria gets no customers, he added. “It also has no nutritional value,” said Whitaker.

Although it is banned, students still continue to sell candy secretly at school away from the eyes of school administration.

“I just hide it in a lunch pail,” said a CVHS student. “I sell candy below the desks during class. How else am I supposed to fundraise enough money for school trips?”

Sympathetic, but unmoved, Whitaker reminds students that it is school policy.

“Students are free to go off campus to get it, but if it is on campus we have to make it a school rule to not sell candy,” he said.

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