March 3, 2018 at 2:04 PM #45931Byron Dueck@byrondueck0
I teach Grades 6&7 (16 students) and am desiring a projector for my classroom. My school board suggested that my students create something to sell as a fundraiser.
Could you please share successful fundraisers you have done?
March 3, 2018 at 3:24 PM #45933Peter Goertzen@petergoertzen
My students sell scented jar candles every year to pay for our class trip, with any excess funds going toward a foreign trip they’ll take as 11th and 12th graders. This year each student sold at least 6 candles (except for one who didn’t sell any), and one sold 64. A candle business generously makes the candles for us and charges only for the materials.
I’ve never done anything like this, but your students could probably make their own jar candles. You could take orders and set aside an afternoon to fill them. Or you could just buy some at Dollar Tree. 🙂 If 16 students sell an average of 5 candles each at a profit of $5 per candle you’ll get $400, plenty for a decent projector.
March 4, 2018 at 5:58 PM #45972Betty Yoder@bettyyoder
Could you have a brainstorming session with your students? Usually students are working at developing skills the teacher doesn’t even know about — some girls might be able to crochet some items to sell or could bake cookies or students could do a work project at some family’s house for pay (outside clean up jobs or washing windows or babysit or whatever the family wishes to have done). Maybe if a student (or his parents) excel in something like making fresh doughnuts or . . . you could have a Saturday to do that with parents helping to organize. All of the above ideas are things for outside of school time, not sure that is what you are looking for. I do not have any experience doing something like this, I’m just trying to think outside the box to help you think of what might be possible. Often one idea spurs a better one.
March 5, 2018 at 3:22 PM #45978Jonas SauderModerator@jonas
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.
March 10, 2018 at 4:39 PM #46316Peter Goertzen@petergoertzen
I appreciate the no-silly-markups policy of Jonas’s school. (So maybe reselling Dollar Tree candles isn’t a great idea.) When I’m asked to buy something for a fundraiser and it’s something I don’t want, I sometimes offer to donate a few dollars instead. I spend less money, and the worthy cause gets just as much or more since there are no costs to cover. With this in mind, I incorporated donations into our candle fundraiser this year. I gave students a donation sheet along with their candle order sheets during the selling period. There were a modest but noticeable number of donations.
I forgot about this when I posted earlier, but our school does a sandwich fundraiser that’s very similar to the sub sale that Jonas mentioned. Parents and students work together much as he described, and it’s a positive event.
March 10, 2018 at 8:48 PM #46328Crista@cris
Our senior class hosts a haystack supper in the fall and a sub fundraiser, similar to what Jonas discussed, each spring. The sub fundraiser is a very successful annual fundraiser for our senior class and school. The seniors contact local businesses and deliver the subs. Grades 7-12 prepare the subs the morning of the fundraiser. I can see a sub fundraiser or a haystack supper being a bit difficult to manage with 6th-7th graders but preparing and selling food seems to be a successful method of raising funds for many schools.
March 10, 2018 at 10:08 PM #46335Carolyn Martin@carolynmartin
On the subject of food as fund raisers – one of the schools in our area has put together and sold ready-for-the-oven pizzas. I think the pizza kits are from Walnut Creek Foods in Ohio but don’t know a lot about it. We’ve been on the buying end but not the selling end. Someone else may know more about it.
Another idea could be to provide a service for someone such as raking leaves in the fall (not very helpful right now though). Or maybe there is someone with some odd jobs that could be done. My nieces and nephews recently made a few dollars by picking up plastic nursery pots at a composting business. A rather unique situation but there may be more unique situations in your community.
March 19, 2018 at 10:53 AM #46458Delmar Oberholtzer@doberholtzer
Here are two ideas that would reach outside of the usual fundraising circle of student’s families and neighbors:
- If there is a Chic-fil-a in the area, some locations do fundraising nights where students can set up outside. If a guest mentions their name, a percentage of their order gets donated at the end of the evening. With a few colorful posters and friendly smiles a group can make several hundred dollars.
- If you can find a parking lot off a major road, a car wash can generate some funds. It requires a decent amount of adult supervision, but the students generally enjoy them. If you advertise it as free but have a donation basket you can evade some of the regulations that prohibit unlicensed business activities.
Also, as a general rule it is a good idea to make it clear to people what the money is going towards. People like it when they feel like they are making a difference in a measurable way.
May 2, 2018 at 4:24 PM #47831Myron Brubacher@myronbrubacher
I see what people are saying about ripping people of by selling products that they don’t want for more than the product is worth. Still, one fundraiser that our school started this year is selling Maple Syrup and Maple Syrup products. Our one teacher’s family has a maple syrup business and so we got a great price and could retail at a great profit. What seemed good about this fundraiser is that it is something that people want anyway and are willing to pay substantial price for because the stuff is expensive everywhere you go!
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