By dictionary definition fundraising is the organized activity of soliciting money or pledges for different organizations. (Alliteration) Just ask any high school student what they feel fundraising is and their reply will most certainly contradict any dictionary definition. (Alliteration, Repetition) To a high school student fundraising is the most irritating activity any club or sports team can request of a member. To a club or sports team fundraising is a necessity and a necessity is to fundraise. (Parallel Structure, Antithesis) Fundraising is needed in order to raise money for that activity. Who likes to be told how much they must sell in order to benefit a club or a sports team? (Rhetorical Question) Not many students if any at all. Fundraising is a painful and time consuming activity which silently requests students to plead to their friends, to their family, and to their neighbors with the slim possibility of getting them to purchase whatever little trivets or goods they are required to sell. (Parallel Structure).
Should fundraising be a required component of belonging to a club or a sports team? (Rhetorical Question) Should there be set standards on how much one must sell or how much money one must collect? (Rhetorical Question, Parallel Structure) This is not what belonging to a club or a sports team should be about. (Negative Definition) But unfortunately this is what it has become. Fundraising has become a demand upon the students rather than a gesture being used to show their dedication to the club or sports team. It is not always easy to sell or collect money and students begin to feel unworthy when they cannot comply the suggested amount. (Negative Definition, Repetition) It is not always easy to sell or collect money when students are in constant competition with many other students selling similar items. (Negative Definition, Repetition) In some cases parents purchase items being sold because they are able to since they are in a higher economic position.