As school budgets get tighter the need for scholastic, sports and all types of other extracurricular activities/clubs to find funding is becoming more and more critical. Fundraising can really make a difference to the quality of education that your child gets. Whether fundraising enables them to enjoy fascinating field trips, better meals, better facilities and equipment or more teachers, fund-raising helps to alleviate the dire financial burden placed on our schools by reductions in government funding. We look at ideas to raise money that are fun for everyone and beat the heck out of bake sales that more and more health department codes are making illegal.
Art & Crafts In The Park
Get all the students to participate in making art throughout the year. This can include items from the woodshop, paintings, drawings, models, sculptures and crafts. Each grade or class gets to have a ‘stall’ at the fair which should be scheduled at the end of the year. Use a local park or your sports fields to set out tables where the students can display their wares. This gives the children a chance to showcase the things they have worked on all year, make a positive contribution to the school, learn about business and have fun raising money for the school.
Everyone wants to go out on Valentine’s Day which makes getting a baby sitter next to impossible. Why not centralize babysitting while optimizing profits? Older students, with the help of teachers and parents, can babysit younger students at school on Valentine’s Day. The students can organize videos or activities to keep the younger students occupied while a few parents and teachers oversee proceedings. Parents are charged a regular babysitting rate per hour while children get to enjoy a fun evening in familiar surroundings.
Zombie Fun Run
Organize a short fun run where students, parents and community members can participate. For a small entrance fee, participants get to run the set course while being chased by a zombie horde of students. Students will love dressing up as zombies and chasing participants in the race. Participants should get a healthy head start and the zombies should be supervised by volunteer parents and teachers. You can also get participants to dress up if they like. For younger children you might use a Peter Pan theme since that allows for pajamas, pirates, fairies, Indians, etc.
Pop cans and cell phones make great items for recycling. Get all your students to collect these items and ask participating parents to transport goods to recycling centers. This will teach students about recycling, bring in a tidy profit and promote environmental awareness. You can hold internal competitions to see which class or grade collect the most. Other options include any type of battery, ink cartridges and old computers. Talk to your local scrap/salvage yard about the possibilities and don’t be afraid to ask them for help, support or sponsorship of your event.
Dress Up Days
This works really well and is fun for everyone. Here each participating child can dress up for Halloween or other fun theme days and make a donation. You can set goals for each class too. If the students in the class manage to meet their goals, they get to choose which outfit their teacher has to wear for the day.
Raising money for school can mean family fun for everyone involved, so get creative today and find innovative ways to raise money for your school causes.