Fundraisers and Selling on Campus


Picture by Nikil Sunku

Many students, especially those in honors, AP, or IB classes, have cramped schedules and barely have enough time to get their work done. We try unlocking the door to success by filling up our lives with activities that might benefit us in the future. Sadly, this leads us to have no time to do more than what we already have on our plates. With our cramped schedules, it is extremely hard to spend several hours going out and being mini-entrepreneurs. Therefore, selling candy, or any other food to make money, at school is the most convenient for fundraising. The problem is that doing this is illegal. However, it is hard to find other places to sell this candy.

When faced with the challenge of selling candy, many people look towards parks. However, it is difficult to sell at parks. From my previous experience of being on a soccer team, I know soccer games are on Saturdays. That is the prime time to go to parks and sell candy. Unfortunately, it is rare to get very many sales at any other day in parks due to everyone’s attempts to get rid of calories, not gain them. The main problem is that it is hard to align one’s schedule with a soccer game, and even if they do go, they are not guaranteed sales. Adding to the inconvenience of selling at parks, students have competition from vending machines and even the ice cream man. Along with the difficulty in selling snacks at parks, students have less advantages than other, well-established organizations that sell sweet treats.

While Girl Scouts succeed in selling cookies to customers outside of school, they do not need to sell at school. There is an exclusive contract between Girl Scouts and grocery stores allowing them to sell cookies in front of the stores, the prime place for traffic. Sadly, the clubs of QHHS do not have that kind of luxury. Students’ selling areas are very limited, and if they only have the park in which to sell candy, the people they sell to will be limited as well.

As secretary of Model United Nations Club, I understand certain clubs need great funding to function. For example, in Model United Nations, we need money for transportation and admission in the conference we go to. Sadly, the easiest way to get this funding is illegal. Who would have thought students would be tempted to break laws to raise money for school fundraisers?

Although obesity is a problem in America, one’s weight is their own choice, and the government should not try to influence this. At school, kids continue to eat and trade junk food they bring from their homes, and no school regulations are going to stop anyone from eating candy or other unhealthy foods.

Overall, the time-consumption and inconvenience of not being able to sell candy at school causes more harm than good, which is why the regulations against selling unhealthy food at school should be abolished.