Years ago, we decided to not resell merchandise at a large markup to raise funds for the school. Rather, we decided that any fundraiser (other than small items such as snipping boxtops) should provide a service that people are actually glad to purchase.
Our most successful ongoing fundraiser is a twice-a-year sub sale. Order forms are copied and older grade students distribute them to whoever is interested. A special effort is made through contacts we’ve accumulated to place order forms in lunch rooms of numerous business places in the area. Typically, some employee totals the orders and collects the funds ahead of time so when deliver is made in bulk, they just hand over an envelope with payment.
On sub making day, older students help prepare the tomatoes and meat in preparation for assembly. That evening, “everybody” gathers in the all purpose room to assemble subs and fill orders. Responsible people deliver.
This activity provides opportunity for students and parents to work shoulder to shoulder, and provides a much-appreciated lunch item for many people in the community. Numerous people remind us to be sure to not forget them when we have the next sub sale. We do have a local bulk food store involved with school families that really helps us by ordering in supplies and slicing meat. They order in the lettuce and onions already sliced/shredded.