Fund-raising for our futures

Students in Greenwich are lucky enough to have access to incredible resources and opportunities that the Greenwich High School community works hard to provide.

From prom to the Cardinal games, every student has the chance to participate in an event to enrich their experience in the hope that their high school memories will consist of something more than memorizing theorems and writing essays. Although GHS benefits from the generosity of many supporters around town, it is nearly impossible to attend the school without being exposed to and even partaking in a fund-raising effort.

Asking friends, family, and sometimes strangers to open their wallets for a worthy cause can be awkward and unpleasant, but organizations are often dependent on donations of money, goods, and services, especially in high school. And, even with its challenges, fund raising can be profitable more than just financially.

Getting everyone involved in reaching a goal creates a strong sense of teamwork and sharing responsibilities is the best way to tackle a project that might be too daunting when faced alone. High school students can gain important experience approaching people with their propositions, and involving the town outside of the school builds invaluable relationships across the community that often last long after the fund-raising goal has been met.

With the number of student organizations at GHS, students are forced to get creative to stand out and attract the attention of peers, giving rise to a wide range of fund-raising activities within the school.

The junior and senior classes are particularly focused on raising money, as both have their respective proms in the coming months. The Class of 2014 is holding a competition to design an image for class shirts, which are intended to both promote class spirit and raise money to help lower the cost of prom for students.

In addition, there will be a basketball tournament held on March 12, the proceeds of which will go toward the junior class.

The senior class is in the middle of its major fund-raising activity of the year, known as SRO, which is short for Standing Room Only. Every year, the GHS seniors put together a themed variety show that is organized and performed by any senior who wants to participate, resulting in an energetic celebration of the class’s four years at GHS. After spending months preparing, SRO will finally debut tonight, March 7, and run for three performance on March 7, 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Class of 2013.

Apart from the larger events organized by entire classes, individual student organizations work to generate support for their ventures. Some raise money to fund trips, such as the GHS Band or the We the People team. Other clubs raise funds to pass their proceeds on to greater causes.

The classic bake sale is particularly popular among student clubs and appreciators of a good chocolate chip cookie alike.

High school students might not make the most likely businesspeople, but the continued success of GHS students in fund raising demonstrates that they are capable of rallying an entire community to support them. If there is one thing Greenwich High School students do not lack, it is determination.


Danielle Connolly is a junior at Greenwich High School. 

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