Class GoFundMe account saves high school graduation

Class GoFundMe account saves high school graduation

Just weeks before graduation, Janesville High School seniors have turned to social media to raise money for their ceremony.

“It’s something you wait for from your freshman year. You start your freshman year thinking, ‘I have four years until I graduate,'” senior class officer Sydney Litke said.

High school graduation is a rite of passage, but for Parker High School seniors like Litke, turning the page to the next chapter in life took more than just getting good grades.

“It’s been a long process. Fundraising has always been a challenge, but we have put in a lot of hard work,” Litke said.

The 2015 graduating class has spent the last four years fundraising to pay for graduation costs. The district pays for programs, diplomas and setup fees, but requires the students to raise money for things like a keynote speaker, decorations, chairs and the stage.

This year even with fundraisers the class still fell short of their goal to pay for the estimated $7,000 bill. To cover the cost, they made a GoFundMe account.

“It has been a common practice for at least the six years that I have been in the district at both high schools where the district and the senior class work together and co-fund graduation. If the students had raised $1 or a million dollars we would have a graduation ceremony and celebrate their accomplishments,” Principal Chris Laue said.

In 14 days the page raised $2,800.

“It’s the best feeling ever, just knowing that people in our community want us to have a special graduation. Even people not from our own community. Across the state, across the county, coast to coast there are people who have been outreaching to us,” Litke said.

The students hope the graduation ceremony will leave them with one final memory to hang onto before saying goodbye.

“We all came together as a senior class to work towards one common goal. It was a larger group of people coming together to work towards our large goal, graduation. I think that’s really cool and something I’ll always remember about our senior class,” she said.

With the help of the GoFundMe account, the class has surpassed their fundraising goal. All additional money will be donated to the school.