Mustaches, Pies, and Silly String

Class of 2017 sells mustache grams and holds pie-throwing fundraiser

Navya Kaur

Staff Writer

American High School’s class of 2017 hosted its April Fool’s fundraiser from March 31 to April 4.

Along with the mustache grams sold at SAC, the 2017 council also had five teachers participate in a pie-throwing event.

“We had teachers collect money [donations] in their own jars for about a week and a half. The teacher that collected the most money [got] to pie Mr. Bailey in the face,” current class of 2017 president Aastha Shah said. “Madame Cooper, the French teacher, collected a little over $60 and won.”

As part of the “contest,” Cooper was also silly-stringed by three students of her choice.

“We wanted something interactive,” Shah said. “While brainstorming for ideas for the fundraising week, we wanted something that would get students more excited and involved.”

Pie-ing Mr. Bailey (and surprise teacher Mr. Fulton) in the face generated only a small audience. Some freshmen showed up to the event, but the majority of the students were upperclassmen.

As part of the fundraiser, Madame Cooper pies principal Mr. Bailey in the face. Cooper collected over $60 in donations from students in her class and won the contest. “We weren’t going for a huge fundraiser,” coordinator Aastha Shah said. “We mainly just wanted student involvement.”
As part of the fundraiser, Madame Cooper pies principal Mr. Bailey in the face. Cooper collected over $60 in donations from students in her class and won the contest. “We weren’t going for a huge fundraiser,” coordinator Aastha Shah said. “We mainly just wanted student involvement.”

“Even if I’m not a freshman, I thought it would be funny to see Ms. Cooper throw a pie at her boss, since she’s my French teacher,” junior Rasika Sudu said.

While few student-teacher interaction fundraisers have happened in the past, some students did not come to the pie-throwing event because of the low publicity and advertising.

“I felt like they didn’t promote the event enough,” freshman Alyssa Wong said. “They could have posted more around school, because it was really unpopular. I didn’t hear anyone talking about it.”

While the pie event was not successful publicity-wise, some students were not impressed with the mustache grams either.

“The mustache grams were just paper. It was a pretty good idea, but they could’ve sold better quality items,” Wong said.

Although the freshman council made mistakes during their first fundraising week, they intend on improving their sales and participation in not only future fundraisers, but class events as well.

“This probably will not be an annual event, at least for fundraising week,” Shah said. “There’s always a possibility, but we weren’t exactly shooting for that when we decided on it. It was difficult getting more people involved in class events, but hopefully next year we can get more participation.”

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