Gig Harbor High School fundraiser a sweet success

Staff writerApril 2, 2014 

Senior class Senator Allie Cosmos, left, gives a couple donuts to Reese Ghidella, right and Luke VanSchaack at Gig Harbor High School on Friday.

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Gig Harbor High School senior class senator Allie Cosmos had planned a modest fundraiser for the senior prom. The idea was to sell 200 doughnuts every Friday for six weeks.

But when Cosmos saw the Krispy Kreme doughnuts trucked in for the first day of the sale on Friday – 200 dozen of them — she was terrified.

“I’ve never seen so many doughnuts in my life,” she said. “I was almost to the point of tears, because I didn’t know how we’d be able to pay for it.”

The community rallied. ASB adviser Kelly Indahl sent an email to school administrators, and she wrote “Donut Crisis” in the subject line.

The message quickly spread. It wasn’t long before the community’s most stereotyped doughnut lovers — the Gig Harbor Police Department — learned about the crisis. The department’s official Twitter account tweeted, “Donut News: GH High School selling massive oversupply of fund-raiser donuts today. Don’t let good donuts go to waste.”

They didn’t.

Some adults — and many students at the school — rallied.

“At lunch, we got on the microphone, our ASB president made an announcement, and there was a huge line of students,” Indahl said.

Krispy Kreme made the deal even sweeter. The company agreed to sell the 2,400 doughnuts at the price of the 1,200 the students believed they had ordered for the six-week sale. That meant the school had 1,200 free doughnuts to sell on the first day.

On Friday, the students didn’t know if they’d bother with the remaining five weeks of the sale.

JoAnn Moore, the senior class adviser who also is a science teacher, said the mixup resulted in a learning opportunity for the students, and it was a chance to interact with a corporation in a real-life way.

As of 1:15 p.m. Friday, only six of the original 200 boxes remained.

“I think it’s so funny,” Cosmos said. “I think it’s amazing. I didn’t think this little fundraiser would blow up. I didn’t think this mistake would turn into such a wonderful experience. The whole school got together. I’m so proud.”

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