For her 10th grade personal Project, Jamie Carroll raised money for charity by baking and selling cupcakes at BSGE. In order to raise more money, each cupcake she sold was also a raffle ticket that allowed those who bought cupcakes also to have a chance to win either $50 or $100. The winning cupcakes had the winning dollar amounts written on the bottom of the cupcake wrappers. Below is an interview with Ms. Carroll about her project.
1. What charity were you raising money for? How much did you end up donating? How many cupcakes did you sell?
I raised money for the Hour Children Foundation. The Hour Children Foundation is a foundation that owns a facility that is used to help children who have incarcerated mothers. The foundation is located in Long Island City which is not too far from our school and it helps guide mothers and children to have a healthy and stable relationship while the mothers are in jail and even when they are released. I raised a total of $507 between cupcake sales and donations. I made a total of 216 cupcakes and I sold approximately 180 of those cupcakes because after the fundraiser, I gave the remaining cupcakes to the French Club and asked them to sell them at the Mardi Gras party.
2. Where did you get the idea for this project?
I attended a fundraiser during the summer for The Donna Dennis Foundation that was held in my neighborhood and that was where I found my original inspiration. Afterwards, my supervisor Peter Wilson helped me find a cause that I was more passionate about which is how I found the Hour Children Foundation. I struggled with the type of fundraiser I wanted to do for a long time. I decided to do this cupcake sale, because it combined one of the two fundraisers that make the most amount of money. I wanted to do a personal project that would make a difference in not only me, but this school and the community.
3. Any advice for kids in the future about doing their projects?
I think that the biggest piece of advice that I could give to kids in the future about doing their projects would be to do something you’re interested in. If you don’t do a project about something you’re not interested in and something you don’t really want to do, then you’re not going to complete the project to the best of your ability. I would also say not to procrastinate because if you do, your final product is going to be rushed and not reach its full potential.
4. How many cupcakes have you eaten since you finished this project?
Right after the project, I did not even want to look at a cupcake and I definitely did not want to eat one. After you bake 216 cupcakes, the look, smell and taste of cupcakes and icing are nauseating. At a birthday party two weeks ago, I ate my first cupcake since this project. So I’ve only had one cupcake since I finished the cupcake and even then, the cupcake wasn’t that good.