By J1 Reporter Diana Elizalde
- The year Walk-A-Thon started at Marian in hopes to bring about fundraising through its students. In present day, Walk-A-Thon has become a cherished tradition, and a fiery competition among the students.
The competition generates motivation needed to have a successful Walk-A-Thon. As a result, this year students had to raise a minimum of $30 in order to participate in Walk-A-Thon, but in order to reach the school goal of $90,000, each student needed to raise $127. For students living in lower class neighborhoods, these amounts might seem difficult to achieve.
“It’s hard to reach your goal as an individual when you live in a lower class neighborhood. People in my neighborhood give smaller amounts since they don’t have that much money, making Walk-A-Thon a challenge.” The effort of asking for donations door-to-door became more tedious after she “only received $2 after knocking on doors for an entire block.” said junior Caitlin Wessling.
Similar to the struggles in lower class neighborhoods, middle class neighborhoods face much of the same response. Although the people in middle class neighborhoods are more inclined to donate for Walk-A-Thon, most people who donate have some sort of connection to Marian. Family size was another factor added to the probability of receiving more, or less donations.
“Most of my neighbors have little kids, so most of their money is invested in them.” said sophomore Anna Kenney. Having a bigger family, or small children makes it more difficult for families to donate, making it harder for students living in middle class neighborhoods to raise the minimum.
In contrast with the past two types of neighborhoods, upper class neighborhoods have been known as being the most generous, or giving of all three. Smaller, high-income families help make these neighborhoods the best to receive donations from.
Such successful Walk-A-Thoning occurred to Anna Mikulicz, a junior. “Rich neighborhoods are usually more generous. Most houses in which I received donation from the most were from older people. I think they liked that my friends and I went door to door making the effort to fundraise for Walk-A-Thon.” Upper class neighborhoods are the jackpot when it comes to receiving donations for Walk-A-Thon. Fundraising became fun for Mikulicz and her friends “especially at houses where they had relatives that are going, or went to Marian.”
Whether it’s receiving a generous donation from an elderly couple on the first house, or being handed two dollars after five houses, Walk-A-Thon can be an eye-opening experience to how the three generic and stereotypes of neighborhoods tie into fundraising.