What a small world


Libby McCarthy

Student council members were scattered underneath signs throughout the school to raise money for charity.

Last Thursday, it seemed like the world could not get any smaller. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s probably because you weren’t at school on Thursday.

On Nov. 12, student council ran a fundraiser known as “Make it Stop.” In an effort to raise money for Feed My Starving Children, “It’s A Small World” was played during all passing periods and the only way to make it stop was to raise $2,000.

“A couple student council members went to a leadership conference and we heard Nequa Valley [High School] tried this and it worked,”said Alison Albelda, Junior Class Board member. “We figured that since we had to reach a certain monetary goal, why not try it?”

The money being raised was going to a very good cause, but the thing most students had a problem with was the way that money was raised. Some thought that this non-traditional method of fundraising ultimately proved to be a smart move.

“I thought it was really annoying, but towards the end of the day I got used to it” said Emily Condon, freshman. “It was actually pretty smart because it made people want to donate.”

Some, on the other hand, thought that this method of fundraising was unfair, simply because there are so many different and better ways to raise money.

“It bullied people into donating,” said Erin Otto, junior. “It didn’t make me want to pay money to get a song to stop; I just put headphones in to not hear it.”

Despite opposition, student council was able to reach their fundraising goal of $2,000.

“I’m very pleased by the fact that we reached our goal, it’s amazing that our school raised $2,000 in two days just by playing music,” Albelda said. “Despite the negative comments we received, we were very grateful to hear the opinions of our student body, and got some excellent future fundraising ideas.”

This way of raising money was certainly different and I thought it was a bit extreme, but I’m glad that student council will be using the students’ comments to fundraise in different ways in the upcoming future.