Have students sell light bulbs ($1.00 each) and hang the light bulbs in the front of your school in the form of a Christmas tree and donate the money to a local charity. Our Grade 7 Team at Florenceville Middle School raised $1200.00 and split it 50/50 to Christmas Daddies and a local family (cancer).
Sell tickets in advance for a car smash for charity. You can also sell tickets on the day, but with promotion, you will sell more tickets when you sell them in advance on this event. We sold ours for three swings for $2 and auctioned off the chance to be one of the first three people to swing the sledge hammer. We got a car donated from a local wrecker and had the fluids and window glass removed by our auto shop. (The windshield remained because it is safety glass.) Swingers had to wear safety glasses and work gloves and could not get on the vehicle.
We raised over $250 for our charity.
The idea, Crush Grams, revolves around a can of Crush pop (soda) – it comes in orange, grape and strawberry flavors. You can have this fundraiser during the days preceding Valentine’s Day in February, or Sweetest Day in October. What you do is have people buy a crush gram for someone who they have a crush on. They would send it to that person, signed “From your Crush”. Cost of the Crush Grams range from 50 cents to a dollar. Student Council or NHS will deliver the crush grams on the designated day to every- one who is receiving them. The other part of the deal is that the person who sent the crush gram can insure that the student council or NHS members never tell the person whom they sent the crush gram to by purchasing “Crush Insurance”. Again, you can sell this for 50 cents to a dollar. Then the person who is sent the crush gram can never find out who sent it to them. The person MAY find out who sent the crush gram to them if the sender did not buy Crush insurance by paying Student Council or NHS 50 cents to a dollar. This increases the need to buy crush insurance when you are sending out the crush grams.
One night every quarter or semester our school puts on a “talent show” presenting plays they’ve worked on, or musical acts etc. At intermission all the attendants go to a Dessert Auction where they can purchase a dessert item that was donated – cookies, bread, and cinnamon rolls are popular. In addition to desserts, they can also bid on donated items such as artwork, gift baskets, community service from students and staff, gift certificates, tickets to some show, books, and other misc. items. These items are donated by the faculty, parents, students and sometimes even board members. Students even have fun donating items just to see other people bid on them- for example, the art teacher could have his/her students donate an art project to the auction. This raised at least a few thousand dollars every year for our school, and we only have 200 students- so it’s a great fundraiser!!!
A unique fundraiser is to have one or two well-known teachers (a vice-principal or football coach is a popular choice) volunteer to be taped to a wall. Strips of Duct tape are sold for a buck. The teachers are then taped to the wall and money is raised in this fun event. Once enough tape has been applied you can test whether they will stick to the wall or not. Both teachers in the photos below wore hazmat suits to protect clothing from the sticky duct tape.
From: Dave Conlon
Elmira District Secondary School
It’s fundraising in a bottle! Participants are asked to donate bottles for your fundraiser. They can be filled with anything—bath beads, coffee beans, motor oil, pasta, jam, gummi bears, beanie babies, dog kibbles, salsa, bubble gum, salad dressing, anything—as long as it’s in a bottle or a jar! Each donated bottle is then assigned a number with a corresponding ticket that is placed in a box. Charge $2 per ticket. When someone plays, they reach into the box, pull a number, and the corresponding bottle is theirs. The fun starts when people start to trade amongst themselves trying to get a better bottle.