Brien McMahon High School has a Literary & Arts Magazine called Hidden Voices that publishes poems, paintings, and other forms of art. Last year they printed 200 copies and this year they are fundraising to print one for every student. Hidden Voices provides students an outlet for their literary creativity, the readers access to new ideas, and the entire community the opportunity to learn more about their friends and classmates. “Who knew Kelly from 8th period Art knew so much about genealogy and family trees? Tom from the soccer team wrote this poem? Wow.” The lunch room will be alive with conversation.
Dixie Heights High School is raising money because their young archers have shot through their targets. As the school puts it, the targets are “beyond their useful lives.” The foam is full of holes making it near impossible to shoot with any accuracy. Now they are raising for a bow rack (their current one holds 10 bows only) to go along with the new targets. Aim for the stars, team! But not literally since that would be dangerous.
Pershing County High School is fundraising for a student-run television station that would serve all of Northern Nevada. Antenna TV is free and experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Students shoot footage and report on local stories as news anchors. For young people, it’s exciting to see their peers on a screen doing something professional. They have already shot a commercial for a local pharmacy. They had ‘zombies’ roam the street in search of their flu shot!
This is not for a school but rather a Girl Scout troop. In February of 2018, the Valley View Girl Scout troop participated in a pinewood derby race. Now they want to become the first Girl Scout troop in New Jersey to own and operate one. Good luck, girls! We like this because it will create a source of revenue for the troop that will continue for years to come.
Fleetwood Area Wrestling Association (Pennsylvania) is raising money for higher quality wrestling mats. They have a wrestling team and compete against other schools, but the problem is that they cannot host home games. Their current mats do not qualify. Every team deserves to play at home where their friends, family and community can cheer them on so we find this fundraiser touching and deserving.
These are creative things to fundraise for but now the question becomes, How can schools do the actual fundraising in a creative way? Here are three suggestions from other recent Edco teams.
John Dewey High School partnered with Space Angels, an angel investment firm that invests in companies in the space and aeronautics industry. In order to inspire more students to become space engineers, they gave a matching grant to John Dewey High School. For every dollar donated up to $5,000, the Space Angels would give an additional dollar. To date, their fundraiser has raised $15,000!
Northwinds Elementary is raising money by selling buckets of slime. $10 gets you a hand-sized bucket. $60 puts you in the running for a crate of slime. $100 lets you participate in the grand event which consists of pouring slime on Mrs. Tubs, a teacher at Northwinds. See this video for a reenactment.
- Host a Freethrow-A-Thon
For 50 minutes, students of the George Ranch High School will take as many free throws as possible and donors will donate an amount ($0.25, $.50, $1, etc.) for each basket made. This is also hosted in a gym where additional refreshments can be sold. For students and parents, a freethrow-a-thon is seriously exciting to watch and cheer for.
Want more ideas these like? Follow us on Twitter @weareedco where we are always sharing new stories. To start a fundraiser for yourself, click here. It takes five minutes and soon you’ll be able to accept credit card donations and send out social media blasts. Good luck! These are active fundraisers, so if you are looking to support one, you can check out the links provided and donate directly to the team.