The Economics of Grinding

November 26, 2010 by Ric Hansen

It’s not just a social issue, it’s an economic one.  In tough economic times schools, like everyone else, are hurting.  One of the best sources for revenue for the many clubs and organizations at schools is the school dance.  Charge $5.00 for tickets sell 300 of them= gross $1500, pay the DJ $500.00 and the club walks away with a grand.
It takes alot of car washes and a lot of volunteers and a lot of Saturdays at the gas station, to make $1000.

It makes alot of sense to find ways to figure out how to stage good clean dance events as opposed to cancelling them.

Here is the most recent example from a school in Ohio:

The “no grinding policy” went into effect only a couple weeks after the Homecoming dance, however it made a major impact on the amount of people who attended the Halloween dance, which was sponsored by Youth Philanthropy Fellowship (YPF). Morgan Maxwell, president of YPF hoped for a huge turnout at the dance because all of the proceeds benefit a seven year old who is suffering Leukemia, and whose family is struggling to pay the hospital bills.
“I feel like the student body is blowing the new policy out of proportion. It’s just one night to support a good cause so I don’t understand why people are choosing not to go,” Maxwell said.
Cahoon wanted at least 200 students to purchase tickets for the Halloween dance. However, about 142 tickets were sold, which is more than what was expected. As a member of YPF, Junior Emily White did attend the Halloween dance, along with many other YPF members.

-fromt he Bay Window, Bay High School

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