With Senior Auction taking place on October 13th in the Holliston High field house, only a small part of the senior class is actively helping with auction activities.
Class of 2015 Vice-President Julia Luo said only about 15-25 percent of the student body have helped out. The preparation for Senior Auction includes pick up with students volunteering to collect donated goods and drop off days where students screen any materials given by townspeople.
Active volunteer, senior Ben Kaplan described the class participation as “pretty bad” with only the same 15 people attending auction events. Kaplan got involved because he is friends with the class officers and his father is an adult Auction advisor.
Helping with Senior Auction is a mandatory class event, and Luo said there is a possibility of seniors not getting discounted prom tickets if they do not help out, but this is a last resort. Also, a perk of participating on the day of the fundraiser is receiving a free t-shirt.
The Senior Auction is the main fundraiser of a student’s high school career with the raised money subsidizing prom and other senior year events. Luo said “the goal is 20 thousand dollars, but we would like to break 30 thousand…which would be a school record” at the auction.
Both Luo and Kaplan described the town participation so far as very good which is putting a strain on the class officers to find volunteers to pick up the donated materials. Numerous yard signs, facebook posts, and business cards advertise drop off dates and give the phone number for pick ups. Luo said the town participation started off a little slow, but has quickly ramped up, requiring class officers to put in nearly 20 hours a week each.
The class government has communicated their need for volunteers through facebook and two senior class meetings. Even with such a mediocre amount of volunteers, the active student volunteers have been able to completely fill three shipping containers and a few barns.
The whole class will be needed on the long weekend of the Senior Auction to transport the donated goods to the high school and to set up the field house. Luo is confident “that everyone will eventually help out.” Large vehicles are especially desired to transport the many large items efficiently.
Senior Luke Milbocker, who has participated in one pick up, said that a large part of the class believes that there are enough volunteers and seniors do not think Senior Auction is that important. Milbocker said he personally “is busy on the weekends when pick ups take place.”
Kaplan’s message to his fellow class members is “to get off their butts and help out with pick ups.” There are plenty of opportunities to help the class officers with Auction and a successful fundraiser only helps the seniors.