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Danbury High School     43 Clapboard Ridge Road Danbury, CT 06811     (203) 797-4800

The Hatters' Herald

Danbury High School     43 Clapboard Ridge Road Danbury, CT 06811     (203) 797-4800

The Hatters' Herald

“We have no table;” with lack of table availability, fundraising becomes an increasingly difficult task for class officers

DHS cafeteria

Any club at DHS attempting to raise money is aware of the difficulty that entails in obtaining a lunch table. Do you need to make a reservation? How do you make a reservation? What do you do if all of the tables are taken? Many of these questions have yet to be answered resulting in the effort to raise money during lunch often being a gamble on first come, first serve table availability. 

According to Junior Class Treasurer, Kaylan Alexander, “it’s very difficult to secure a table.” As Junior Class Treasurer, Alexander, working with the other class officers, is responsible for the arduous task of raising money to fund events such as Junior Prom. However, this task is difficult to accomplish if tables being booked for class officer fundraising are taken by other school clubs or organizations first.

“You have to compete with other clubs for a table even if you already reserved it.” Alexander detailed the many difficulties that go into the process of fundraising during the lunch waves. She explained how as a class officer, often with large boxes of items that are intended to be sold, is already faced with the complication of “bringing the stuff [they] sell back and forth to the lunch waves” and bringing those items left over back to the “classrooms in time to make it to [their] next class.”  

This complication, when coupled with the difficulty in obtaining a table even when beforehand reserving it, has made it tedious for Alexander and her fellow class officers to adequately and efficiently raise the money they need to fund the many junior class events reliant on fundraising during the lunch waves. 

So how can tables be reserved for fundraising purposes? Alexander credited the junior class officer advisor, Ms. Carcamo, for her “proactivity” in booking lunch tables “far in advance” for fundraising. Alexander spoke of the career center staff who have been “of great assistance” in ensuring that lunch tables are provided to the class officers who have them reserved prior, and strongly encourages other clubs to take the same initiative. 

At the end of the day, Alexander stresses the importance of other school clubs and organizations, prior to fundraising during the lunch waves, ensuring that their advisor has contacted the appropriate staff located in the career center to reserve a table, therefore alleviating the complications that ensue when multiple students attempt to “sell a product” and fundraise all in the same lunch wave.

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Jenna Saltzman
Jenna Saltzman, Senior Editor
I am currently a Junior and this is my third year writing for Hatters' Herald. I was interested in becoming a writer for this newspaper because I enjoy writing and see it as an opportunity to grow as a writer. Aside from writing, I enjoy swimming on the DHS Girls Swim Team. 

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