5 Ways to Raise Money for Your Kid’s School

This is a sponsored conversation written by us on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all ours.

As a parent of school aged children, you are well aware that every year school’s run short on funds and have to raise money for things needed to educate your children. We hope you are involved in your child’s school. If you are not, consider getting involved with raising money for the school. Here are 5 Ways to Raise Money for Your Kid’s School to help get you started.

1. Tyson Project A+™

If you are looking for a simple way to raise money for your school, participation in the Tyson Project A+™ is the way to go. All you do is collect labels from Tyson® packages and Tyson® will give 24 cents for each label to your school. Your school gets to use the money from Tyson® for whatever it needs. In addition to cold hard cash, Tyson® will give your school 10 Scholastic books for every 100 labels received between now and October 31, 2015! We love this program because we can support our schools and feed our families at the same time. You can pick up a bag of Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips for an easy weeknight dinner. We love them because our kids love them and they are all white meat with 100% natural ingredients and they take the work out of making dinner with their simple preparation. After you pop those in the oven or microwave, take a second to cut the Tyson Project A+™ label off the back and stick it in an envelope that you keep in your kitchen for all your labels until you are ready to turn them in. Lots of Tyson® products are affiliated with the Tyson Project A+™ and you can find them at your local Walmart.

Build a team of other parents to help spread the word about this fundraising effort and you can concentrate the funds to a specific need at your school. Tyson® has great resources like news releases and letters to send to parents to assist you in raising as much money as possible through this program, so take advantage of that. This way of raising money for your school is also great because it can be ongoing throughout the school year.

2. Throw a Fundraising Auction

If your school has a large building project or upgrade that needs lots of expensive components, try a twist on an auction to raise the money that’s needed. Let’s say your son’s high school needs a new computer lab. The old lab is sadly out of date and the old technology is holding the kids back. You want to raise the money needed for a new lab quickly.

Here is how it works:

  • Plan and invite parents and community members to an evening silent auction and fundraising event that includes dinner. Everyone must buy tickets to attend but keep the ticket price low, maybe $15 a couple. You may be able to get a good deal on food or even ask a local caterer to donate food in return for advertising at the event.
  • Get donations from local businesses for a silent auction. Close the bidding on the silent auction just before dinner begins.
  • After dinner, you will raise the necessary funds with this twist on an auction. You will get everything paid for by dividing the cost over as many people as possible and asking them to “bid” their donation. Everyone will receive a paddle with their assigned number when they hand over the ticket to enter the event. They bid on what they are willing to donate and you make it easy for everyone to give what they can by dividing up the costs into smaller and larger donations. Calculate how much money you need to buy each item. For example, 30 new desks will cost $3,000 total. To cover the desks, you have your auctioneer announce that you need 50 people to donate $20. That’s a low amount and you will probably get your 50 people easily. And just like that, $1,000 has been raised. To finish off the desks, ask 20 people to give $100.

This type of fundraiser really works because the auction atmosphere is fun and people get encouraged by other people giving. Someone who might not have donated normally may give when he sees the generosity of others in the community. Make sure you have a fun, outgoing and persuasive person as the auctioneer. She can cheer people on, make jokes to keep it light and really make it exciting for people to raise their paddle to give. Between the silent auction purchases and the bids from the fundraising auction, you will most likely raise all the money you need with a little extra. At the end of the evening, have check out stations organized by paddle numbers to allow people to pay for their bids right away.

3. Touch a truck

This is a great community fundraiser to raise money for a preschool or elementary school. All you need is a large parking lot or field and local businesses willing to give a little time to help your school out. This makes it a low cost fundraiser on your end. A Touch a Truck event is an event where children can see, touch and experience trucks and construction equipment first hand. So many children are fascinated by trucks. You can make their truck loving dreams come true and raise money for your school at the same time.

Get local businesses such as equipment rental, waste management, plumbing, and construction companies as well as your local police and fire departments to park some of their trucks and machines at your location. People from the businesses and organizations man the trucks and let the kids touch them and even sit in them when it is safe. For example, most fire departments let kids climb in and out of fire trucks for community events all the time. A large plumbing company will have a dump truck for big jobs and can let the kids sit inside and blow the air horn. You charge admission for the event and sell concessions. In exchange for their time, the businesses can also hand out swag to advertise their services. These types of events always draw a crowd and you are sure to bring in lots of money for your school through a Touch a Truck event.

Touch a Truck events are organized and run by individual groups. For an example of one of these great events, click here


4. Create a Custom Cookbook

Create a cookbook, made just by the students of your school and sell it for a fundraiser. This is a good project for middle school or high school students. The students submit a favorite family recipe, you organize the recipes by category like appetizers, different meals and dessert and put them all together in binders. Come up with a catchy title that matches your school’s mascot and what you are raising the money for. For example if your school’s mascot is the Tigers and you are raising money to fix up the gym, call the book “Tigers in the Kitchen to Fix the Gym.” The students should be able to sell these books throughout the community and you will raise a lot of money because the cost of making the cookbooks should be low. You also get the students involved in the fundraising process, which teaches them about contributing to their community.

5. Have a Fun Run

Races of all kinds are very popular right now. You can use that popularity to raise money for your school and get the people in your community moving at the same time! Use the school facilities for the run. Sell concessions. Ask local businesses to donate money to purchase medals for the runners. Parents and teachers can volunteer to man the race. Sell t-shirts especially designed for the race and the runners. You can keep this event really simple or you can add more fun things that will raise more money, like setting up inflatables for the kids to play in and selling wristbands for access to the inflatables. Just pick activities to surround the race that you think will work well with your community and have fun with it!

However you decide to help raise money for your school, make sure you choose something that you feel comfortable with. You don’t want to feel overwhelmed undertaking something that you might not have the resources for. Keep it as simple as you need. Not all good fundraisers have to be a challenge for the organizers. Get a good team of people to help you and don’t forget to have fun. 

There are lots of other ways to be involved with your child and his school. Here are some great tips on Becoming Involved in Your Child’s Learning

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Kristen lives in Alabama with her handsome hubby and sweet son. Happily, she left behind the life of a Washington D.C. attorney to be a stay at home mama in the south. Her days are filled with writing, photography, and dance parties with her son. On a mission to use her life to love God and love others, you will also find her fiercely working on the many causes near and dear to her heart. She gets it all done thanks to Jesus, chai tea, dark chocolate, and wine.

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