If you are a parent who is active in their child’s education, you might be on the board of your local Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). Even with the school year winding down, already many PTAs are looking forward to next year’s goals and projects. If you happen to be looking for a creative and fun fundraiser to add to your year, we’ve come up with a list of clever ideas for your PTA to consider.
Turn things around and have a grown-up spelling bee! Ask your principal, town mayor, librarian, reporter, quarterback, and other high-profile figures in your community to volunteer to be a contestant. Sell tickets to the event. And for additional funding, seek out local businesses to sponsor the contestants or the event. Students can set up a small refreshment stand and sell bee-themed snacks. They could also create and sell a spelling bee autograph book and use it to get the signatures of all the contestants. For the spelling bee, try to use the official rules of the Scripts National Spelling Bee. Gradually increase the difficulty of the words to challenge both the contestants and the audience. Present the winner with a small trophy and a dictionary. For more ideas on how to make this event a success, visit Fundraiser Insight.
In my town, the private school’s annual Spaghetti Dinner is really popular. What parent doesn’t want a night off from cooking? Each student contributes either ingredients or cash to purchase the ingredients, and a group of parents, teachers, or older students volunteer their time to cook on the afternoon of the dinner. Students sell tickets ahead of time. On the evening of the dinner, the people who purchased the tickets drive up to the school between 5 and 7 p.m. to pick up the dinners they’ve bought. A simple plate includes a small salad, spaghetti, slice of garlic bread, and a small brownie or other dessert.
Selling plants for holidays, such as Valentine’s or Mother’s Day, is always a big hit. This fundraiser has to be thought through, though, because it takes some preparation. The school will have to provide an area for the young seeds to sprout and grow. The children will have to plant the seeds in advance, so that the young seedlings have time to grow into nice plants by the special day. Different classes or grades can choose different plants to grow, and they could be assigned different days of the week to water and tend to them. They can also create decorative wrappers for the containers to make the gift giving extra special. During the week before the designated holiday, the students can sell the plants to friends and neighbors, or set up shop at a local business—with permission, of course!
Holding a student art exhibit can certainly attract a lot of people. To make it really fun, make it a special annual event and have the children sell tickets. In addition to creating spectacular pieces of art, get all the classes involved by assigning each one a different task. One or two classes can be in charge of making posters and signs to promote the event. Another can design the tickets for the kids to sell. And another can be in charge of decorating or displaying the artwork. Ask local businesses to sponsor the event by covering refreshments, flowers, or live music, such as a violinist or pianist. The nicer the event, the higher the price you can put on the ticket.
You’ve heard the saying: One person’s trash is another person’s treasure! There’s money to be made in all the stuff you’ve got laying around your house. And everybody has something they don’t want or need. Take up a collection at school or schedule a Saturday morning rummage sale in your school’s parking lot. Big items can be brought in. And if you get a list in advance of some great items, you can advertise them in your local newspaper or on fliers.