Evergreen Sales


Grace Daniel

A beautiful sample wreath hangs on display at Brashier Middle College. (Grace Daniel)

It’s that time of the year again: time for the Brashier Evergreen Sale. This sale is an annual fundraiser that helps raise money for the school, while also getting the students and faculty into the Christmas spirit. Last year, the Evergreen Sale provided the money for Brashier to pave the lunch area outside and to purchase new outdoor lunch tables.

“I feel like it’s a really fun idea. I love how we’re bringing the holiday atmosphere into our school. Even though I think it’s a little too soon and it’s not going to target as many people as other fundraisers might, I love the idea,” says junior Eva Purcell.

The Evergreen Sale provides an easy way for the community to buy fresh and aromatic greenery for their homes. This includes decorative centerpieces, beautiful door hangings, and elegant wreaths. All the products can be delivered by the student they are ordered through or straight to the customer’s doorstep. The cost of the greenery ranges from $20 to $35.

“I think that [the greenery] is too expensive, especially when it’s so far away from Christmas. I feel like people aren’t going to be willing to pay for holiday decorations when it isn’t even December yet,” says sophomore Jackson O’Bleness.

It’s controversial whether evergreen decor is a good fundraiser when it starts in October. Some people think that it’s not too early to get into the holiday mood, while others believe that the Christmas spirit provides a great atmosphere for the school.

“It’s way too early to start buying Christmas stuff. We still have two holidays to go. I do understand why the school wants to do it. I think it’s a good idea, but I think they should wait to sell the evergreen decorations until at least November,” says sophomore Conner Beaule.

The Evergreen decor is ordered early because it is delivered in December. If it were ordered any later, it would not arrive in time for the holidays. They are assembled fresh. This means they will have the wonderful scent and look of vibrant evergreen for the holidays.

“I love how it gets us into the Christmas spirit so early. The smell makes me ready for winter and Christmas, and I don’t think they should be sold any later or else they might not arrive in time for the holidays,” says junior Jenna Oppatt.

The targeted consumers for the evergreen sales are those who enjoy decorating for the holidays. These people are excited for this festive time of year, and love the fragrant scents and visual appeal of the decorations.

“I know that many people who are interested in buying wreaths are already very interested in the holidays. I feel like there’s a high chance that they already own greenery and won’t want to buy more,” says Purcell.

Students are aware of the possible weaknesses of the evergreen sales. This has caused many of them to believe that students should have a greater voice in what kinds of fundraisers Brashier puts on.

“I think they should give us options for different fundraisers, instead of just telling us what our fundraisers are going to be. Everyone would probably be more excited about a fundraiser they helped decide on,” says sophomore David Thompson.

While the rewards offered for selling evergreen decorations seem convincing, they don’t seem to persuade enough students to participate in the sale. The incentives include getting lunch from a food truck, getting to wear jeans and a t-shirt one day, and being eligible to win a $50 Visa gift card.

“The prizes don’t really make me want to sell the greenery. Even though they are all a great idea, we already get to wear jeans and a t-shirt many Fridays with a green lanyard, and we have a catered lunch every day,” says Beaule.

Lots of students believe that the student body should also be able to help decide what the money is used for. This year, the money raised will be used to better Brashier’s methods of communication; this includes the creation of a new website. Some students have other ideas about how the money should be used

“I would love to see them use the money for WiFi. I run out of data almost every month. I wish I could work on homework and do other things on my phone without having to go down to check out a laptop, especially if I only have a little bit of time,” says O’Bleness.

This year, Brashier is hoping to raise enough money to recreate the school’s website and make communication easier and more efficient. Last year, the sales were a huge success, as proven by the beautiful outdoor lunch area. The annual evergreen sale is a project that will hopefully benefit the entire school as it has this past year.

“I know it was a really big success last year, and I hope this year will be too. I hope it will help the [school] community to get into the holiday spirit, while also letting the school earn some money for much-needed supplies,” says Purcell.