District 211 students raise over $1,000 through bake sales
Images provided by Haley Kharvari, Isabella Melo, and Saher Ahluwalia
Over the summer, Haley Kharvari,’23, Isabella Melo,’23, Saher Ahluwalia,’22, and a handful of other Conant, Schaumburg, and Hoffman Estates High School students organized a bake sale to raise money in support of Campaign Zero, an organization that uses research-based proposals to reform the American police system. Their first bake sale raised over $450.
“[As a teenager] you can’t donate money yourself, and there’s only so much sharing posts on Instagram can do,” Kharvari said. “I thought being a part of the bake sale was a really good idea to get us involved so we could actually start something and make an impact.”
To keep the event organized, the students made three teams: The communications team took down and kept track of orders. The baking team got the purchases from the communications team and whipped them up. Once the students baked all the orders, consumers who paid an additional fee got theirs delivered by the delivery team. The students transported the products (socially distant with masks and gloves) on their bikes.
Each student posted on their social media how the bake sale would raise money and awareness about the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight against police brutality, the goods they were selling, and how to order them.
The students organized two more bake sales after seeing the success of their first. Between all three, they raised over $1,000. They used the money from the last two events to support the Lebanon Red Cross and UNICEF. Throughout the events, the students managed to organize and execute everything with little to no help from adults.
“There’s still so much you can do even if you don’t think you have the resources,” Kharvari said. “It’s uplifting to realize that you actually can do something. It might take a lot of work, but overall, it’s worth it.”