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Hosting school fundraising events is a great way to get students feeling engaged and excited about helping others, while also raising money for a good cause. The following ideas should provide an excellent starting point for anyone planning their own school fundraising event.
1) Non-uniform day
This is often the first thing people think of when discussing fundraising ideas, thanks to its simplicity and popularity. Students come in wearing their own clothes, rather than their school uniform, on the condition that they bring in a small charitable contribution.
2) Bake sale
This is another popular choice among schools – and for good reason! Get your students (or parents) to bring in some home-baked treats, which can then be sold to the other students, teachers and faculty members over your break or lunchtime.
3) Guessing jars
Guessing jar games are really easy to organise, and are a fun way to raise money. Fill a large glass jar up with marbles, sweets or any other small object and put it on display somewhere everyone can see. Students, teachers and parents can then pay a small donation to submit their guess of how many marbles or sweets are in the jar, with the closest answer winning a prize.
4) Food donations
While not technically a type of fundraising, many schools encourage their students to bring in food donations, which can then be sent out to local food banks and homeless shelters.
5) Sponsored walk
Why not try gathering a group of students, teachers and parents to sign up to complete a sponsored walk? While the length and nature of the walk will of course vary depending on the participants, this sort of event can be suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.
You can offer to host a disco for students in your school hall, selling tickets to those who want to attend. If you can get teachers and parents to volunteer their time, and local businesses to donate some snacks and drinks, an event like this will cost very little to run, but can be a fun and different way to raise some money.
7) School fair
School fairs take a bit more planning and organisation than some of the other options on this list, but if you have enough help, they can be a great fundraising idea! It can be nice to let students submit their own suggestions for what stalls and activities to have at the fair, and even allow some of the older students to man their own stalls.
8) Sponsored silence
This one might be more popular with the teachers than the students, but it’s worth a shot!
Interested in other ways you can give back? Have a look at these 6 ways you can volunteer in your local community