It is my policy to never lend money to a student. I'll never get it back. The student asked other students until finally one boy gave her a dollar.
"Good. Now I just need 24 more."
In dribs and drabs I got the full story. The girl was trying to scrounge up enough money for a prom ticket. A prom ticket was $75. The girl had to purchase the ticket today. Their prom is tomorrow. So, this was all very last minute.
One boy offered the girl $30 (he took it out of his pocket and everything), but he was kidding. The students didn't have a lot of sympathy for the girl. Nothing like waiting until the last minute.
Then I got a call. The office wanted me to send the girl up to them. Her parent was at school to pick her up and take her home. So, I have no idea if she ever got her prom ticket.
This girl is going to graduate in about a month. I hope she's not planning her after high school career like she planned for prom.