Apparently $1,000! Well, that is the verdict at Evanston Township High School in Chicago. Seniors Charlotte Runzel and Jesse Chatz had a plan to raise money for their school which included Justin Beiber’s “Baby”. The school threatened to play the number one hit song over the loudspeaker every day during passing periods until they raised $1,000. The entire basis of the fundraiser was to give the money to the non-profit coffee shop, “Boocoo”, so that seniors can prepare their senior studies. The students disliked the song so much that they started to complain to the school administrators. The fundraiser was given a one week window to come up with the money and then they would have to take it off the loudspeaker.
The students reacted in a way such as plugging their ears as they walked down the halls, while many others decided to pay the money to make them stop playing, “And I was like baby, baby, baby, oh. Like baby, baby, baby, no. Like baby, baby, baby, oh. I thought you’d always be mine.” Almost all the students were annoyed, but understood that it wasn’t meant to be torturous to them. Some took it further and started thinking that the administrators were intentionally punishing them. The school wasn’t doing anything wrong because according to Ali Hart, the assistant director of student support and racial equity, she thought that the fundraiser was both safe and innovative.
The coffee shop reacted with surprise and said that they were moved that the school wanted to help them with this venture. With the offer to allow students to do their studies there free of charge, Runzel and Chatz jumped at the chance to come up with the idea and to quickly raise the money. The school administrator thought that it was a brilliant way to allow money to be raised without terribly offending anyone. The fundraiser was given a week to accomplish their goals and they managed to raise the money in just Three Days!