While school kids far and wide are raising money for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort with car washes and the usual campus carryings on, the student council at Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown, Pa., came up with a clever twist.
Their fund-raising campaign is called “Stop the Bop.” The means to their ends: Annoy as many students as possible by blasting Hanson’s 1996 hit “MMMBop” over the campus P.A. system before, between and after classes, and then charge each student $5 to make the racket stop, CBS News reports.
Their goal is $3,000. In other words, it will take 659 students at $5 a pop to hush Hanson.
Since Wednesday, $2,300 has poured into the kitty – and not all the bills given are just fivers. Some kids are giving twenties.
“It’s pretty annoying. I’m getting kind of sick of it. But we’re doing it for a good cause,” student Council Vice President Maria Landi said on the Early Show.
The school’s principal, Dr. Maureen Thiec, also told the program that several teachers also “have given very generously.”
“Kids have said, ‘If I give you a blank check, will you stop this music?’ ” says council president Meredith Cox, adding that some students don’t even care to be thanked for their contribution, because they just want the music to stop.
“They say … ‘Even though it’s for a good cause, we just want it to end,'” Cox says. “It’s rather funny.”