How To Help Your Local School Raise Money

As parents, we all have a responsibility to help do our bit when it comes to fundraising in our communities. And, given the importance of schools – and the benefits they give our kids – they are one of the most important areas to focus on. There are several ways that you can get involved. So, if you ever get a call for ideas from your parent teacher association, the following tips might help.

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Brick in the wall sponsorship

Every school in the country has the odd building that needs replacing. And, as your kids go through school, you will probably see various new structures going up to upgrade the facilities. It’s progress, of course – but it costs a lot of money. One good way of raising funds for new buildings is to run a sponsored brick program. You can auction off every brick used in the new facility, for example, and have each of them engraved with a laser, or sandblasted. It means that everyone who donates cash will have their names up on the wall – quite literally – for years to come.

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Fitness events

Fitness activities are ideal for any time of year. And, you will often find that local sports trainers and gyms will be happy to get involved. There are so many things you can do. Think about fun runs, or playing a marathon game of flag football – http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com. And, the more people get involved, the better. Plus, it’s a great chance to focus on getting fit in the months leading up to the event – as well as raising essential funding for your school.

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Achieve something great

Want to do something a lot more memorable? Then why not get in touch with parents in your local community and come up with some great ideas. You could climb an enormous mountain, for example, or cycle through the country from top to bottom. The more people that get involved, the better, as every extra person could bring in thousands of dollars of sponsorship. There are some costs, of course. If there’s enough of you involved, it might be worth hiring a coach or two. Services like http://gogocharters.com/gogo-buses could come in handy. You’ll also need to think about any safety equipment – and for paying some professionals to help you out of sticky situations. But, there’s a whole world of opportunity out there – and many parents in your school will be up for the challenge.

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The fasting challenge

Most major religions have long periods of fasting in their calendars – so why don’t you think of something similar for your school? It’s just as tough to go without as it is to challenge yourself to feats of physical prowess. And, it’s something everyone can get involved in. While one parent might want to quit the beer for a month, others might choose to stop smoking. Some might say no to sugary snacks while others may lay off the burgers. Everyone has a vice – so challenge them to challenge their bad habits to raise money for your school.

 

Got any more ideas? Why not share them in the comments section below!

 

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  1. Elva Roberts says

    I love the idea of sponsoring a brick as a tool in fundraising for our schools. I think this would be a very popular and financially successful way to raise funds. This has been done in other areas on our Island and is extremely popular.

  2. These are all great tips, I’m not sure what the schools around here do now, but I know it was always something like chocolate bars or something expensive that no one wanted to buy. I love the brick idea a lot!!

  3. WELL it might work for really big centers but with small towns it would not work. Our town not only does the population for her, but for the next town over (The school there is only to grade 7) as well as for Pike Lake school PLUS theres all the farm kids who are bused in.

  4. wow, sponsoring a brick what a great way to raise funds

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