Magazine article Teach

Creative Fundraising

Magazine article Teach

Creative Fundraising

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Schools have been holding bake sales, dance-a-thons, reada-thons, and bottle drives forever. They are reliable ways to raise funds for much-loved causes, but these fundraising ideas are also boring and a bit tired. However, there are other great projects that are creative and inspiring, Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Monitor for the day: Older Grades

Homeroom classes will fundraise for a week. The class that produces the most money will have a student monitor for the day instead of their teacher. For an entire day, the winning class is free to do whatever they want, for example, watch movies, eat candy, play cards, play soccer, draw, or listen to music, with their student monitor looking on. This fundraiser requires little organization and planning on the teacher's part.

Gingerbread Design Contest and Raffle: All Grades

During holiday season, each homeroom class can design and create gingerbread houses. Students in each class can work in groups of three to four people. As a group, students will draw plans, gather materials, and assign jobs. A time limit should be placed on the construction period, for example, one period a day for three days. The morning of the raffle, all of the houses will be displayed in a hallway, the library, or the gym, with an empty slit-top box in front of them. Students will then sell raffle tickets for 25 cents each. Students and teachers can take turns visiting the houses and placing their raffle tickets in the boxes of their favourites. The number of raffle tickets sold to each person can be unlimited because the goal is to sell as many tickets as possible. The tickets are tallied at the end of the day and whoever puts in the most tickets per house wins that house to take home.

Mosaic Frames: Older Grades

Inexpensive pre- cut wooden frames can be bought at IKEA, craft stores, or dollar stores. Students can bring in old pieces of glass, beads, metal, etc., that they can use to decorate the frames. When complete, the frames will be covered in a translucent, shiny paint or gloss (sold at craft stores). The completed frames will be displayed without the artist's name for a silent auction. This type of fundraising works especially well when a school concert is held or during parent-teacher interviews. Parents can bid on photo frames while they're waiting. Some planning is required of teachers and some time is needed to buy frames and glue for this project. …

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