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Community in Cuisine

Bake Sales Aren’t Just For Profit
Many clubs host bake sales after school, with a variety of options including cookies, brownies, cupcakes, pizza, and much more, to increase their funds as well as build community relationships. Not only does it increase funds for the club, it also encourages school spirit.

The line “There will be a bake sale in the lobby after school today. We’ll be selling brownies, cookies, and more!” is common for Edison High’s end of the day announcements, referring to the bake sales run by Edison High’s co-curricular organizations.
In addition to providing snacks to hungry students after school, bake sales have provided a way to collect funds for EHS clubs.
“I think it’s a really productive and welcoming way to fundraise,” said Chasity Mcnamara ‘25, president of Edison High’s Black Student Union. “We obviously get the easy-to-use financial benefits from selling the goods, but those who support us obviously get a sweet treat, which is nice after a long day.”
Mahita Devarakonda ‘27, a member of the outreach team of EHS Robotics, shares Mcnamara’s beliefs on the economic benefits of bake sales.
“The bake sales have been an immediate source of income for our team, allowing us to make quick buys for whatever parts we need,” said Devarakonda.
With a multitude of clubs present at Edison High, bake sales can be a way to bring awareness to a club as well. Clubs that take advantage of bake sales get the chance to publicize events, resulting in more students attending.

I feel like it brought us some more attention from underclassmen that were interested, which is good for future teams

— Mahita Devarakonda '27

“I feel like not every club takes full advantage of the opportunity to hold bake sales and, with that, some clubs won’t receive as much recognition unless I receive emails from them,” said Mcnamara.
Clubs can also promote their events and purpose to interested students at bake sales. For clubs that haven’t gotten the spotlight at Edison High, bake sales have been a means of spreading club news and its purpose by informing interested or unaware students.
“Our team hasn’t had many in-school events in the past months. I feel like it brought us some more attention from underclassmen that were interested, which is good for future teams,” said Devarakonda.
While standard baked goods do well at bake sales, clubs can get increased recognition by bringing a diversity of goods that further attract students.
“I don’t go to bake sales often, but if the club offers something interesting or different I take note of them and definitely give it a try,” said David Lin ‘24.
Aside from their benefits to clubs, bake sales allow students to interact with peers that they haven’t met before, from talking to the students selling the goods to conversing with other students making purchases.
“As a person selling at a bake sale, I’ve met a variety of students. I’ve interacted more with students that showed interest in our team, but it’s nice to meet a lot of people that you don’t see in such a big school,” said Devarakonda.
Since bake sales have a good reception at EHS, putting more effort into them can further improve club profits and student responses.

“I really like the food they serve, especially the cookies, but sometimes it is repetitive. However, I get that the students have limitations, and respect the effort they put towards building their club,” said Aadi Kadam ‘26.
Agreeing with Kadam’s remarks, Lin talks about store-bought goods at bake sales.
“I feel like a lot of the bake sales are repetitive and low effort with the typical store-bought brownies or cookies. However, I really appreciate and respect it when people bring in home-baked goods, and I usually try to buy those,” said Lin.
Overall, bake sales have been a reliable tool in clubs’ fundraising toolbox and have built up recognition for lesser-known parts of the EHS community, which has allowed clubs to not only increase membership, but also have the funds and resources to host and inform more students about their events, leading to better event turnouts and even greater school spirit.
“Bake sales help lead up to the actual events clubs hold, which is what I believe especially does wonders for clubs alongside club fairs,” said Mcnamara.

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ADITYA RAO '26, Staff Writer
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