This January and February, ASB has planned two fundraisers, DataMatch, where students get a chance to find out who shares similar interests as well as other things like birthdays, and the flower sale.
ASB is putting on these events to raise money for the school. Also, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, which is coming up on the 14th of February, ASB wanted to plan an event where people could view their matches in different categories.
“The data match is more for building school spirit and just having a fun event where everyone in the school has something fun for Valentine’s Day, because data match not only gives you your matches for the other gender that you are compatible with, but also provides potential friends,” said ASB President Jenny Gao. “And the other fundraiser with the roses, that one is more of a fundraiser for ASB, but another big part of it is that it is just providing students with an opportunity to buy [roses] for others.”
Data Collection has been going on for three years and the flowers for four or five. Though this is not a long time, ASB is just trying to start new traditions for the school.
“We are just trying to establish traditions,” Gao said. “So once February comes around they get excited for data match and people get excited for buying roses for their friends or significant others.”
Students have mixed feeling about the data collection. Some think that it is fun and interesting. Others, that it is helpful when trying to find friends. Some think that it is a waste of time and money. And others just find it all a bit strange.
“It seems kind of silly to do, but I think that a lot of people would participate. It does seem a little bit strange for teens to participate in, being that adults typically are the ones who sign up to eHarmony and whatnot for dates,” freshman Kira Walters said. “I also think that once people find out who they share personalities with and then they may feel more pressured to interact with that person. Who knows, it might be awkward if the person selected for you is your best friend’s boyfriend or something.”
Although Data Collection gets mixed reviews, the flower sale is all positive!
“It seems like a cute way to compliment somebody,” said freshman Kirsten Noble. “And it doesn’t have to be romantic, plain old friends can send flowers to each other.”