Holy Trinity High School decorated boxes to look like school buses so they could be filled with non-perishable food items. We invited a student and a teacher from our feeder schools to our school for a free lunch. At the lunch we provided them with a folder. Inside the folder were ideas for announcements that they could make at their school, posters that they could hang up, etc. We then took all of these decorated boxes to our Elementary and Junior High feeder schools to fill up with non-perishable food items. After two weeks we returned to the schools (in a bus) to pick up the boxes. All of the food was donated to a local food bank. Be prepared to take LOTS of pictures at each school. The bus fills up very fast.
Collecting money for charity is much more effective when you can make a tangible connection to the charity. Collect loose change from each class during first period/or in the cafeteria at lunch. All change that is collected is placed on one side of a scale with the goal being to have the change weigh more than a sack of rice by the end of the week. This total can then be calculated to indicate how many bags of rice can be bought with the money collected. (This is from CPAR’s Tools for Action kit. For more ideas, check out the Tools for action webpage)