MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A Mobile County Public School policy change has some schools searching for new fundraising ideas.
On Thursday, September 12, 2013 Martha Peek, speaking to a group of assistant principals said, "We shouldn't have every Friday as a jeans day; certainly, it's the principals discretion -- on an occasional basis, for them to say faculty can have a dress down or dress day."
That change in policy put an end to Alma-Bryant High School students fundraising efforts in which faculty, staff and students would wear jeans and pay money for that privilege. The money would go to the student government association. They said it would also provide them the funding to host a much larger fundraiser -- Relay for Life, which generated money for the American Cancer Society.
"I was not speaking to Alma-Bryant students specifically, because I did not realize or recognize which schools might have been doing this for a regular fundraising basis," said Peek.
At least one Alma-Bryant student said they are looking at other ways to raise funds now that jeans are off the table.
"That particular fundraiser raised the most money to allow us to put on Relay for Life," said the student who wished to remain anonymous for fear of disciplinary action by the school.
The student said the "jeans day" fundraising allowed them to buy supplies to set up the Relay for Life event. At the Relay for Life event people sell food, t-shirts and other items for money that goes to ACS. Superintendent Peek said the kids are creative enough to come up with an alternative fundraising method.
"We don't want in anyway to deter our students to be involved with community service activities. At Alma-Bryant, they are concerned with Relay for Life, and we would never deter that," said Peek.
"We're going to try to think of fund raising ideas that are appropriate, like selling candy, but we don't think it will raise as much money as ‘jeans day,’ said the Alma-Bryant student.
Now, the biggest set back according to the student we spoke to, is that they must return all money they've collected in advance from teachers who paid to cover "jeans day" for the entire school year.
The student said they won't be disappointed if they don't raise as much money as they have in the past, because they gave it their best effort.
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