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Fun, Easy Ways to Earn Cash for Your Child's School

Updated on November 19, 2014

A high-quality education is extremely important, but some schools lack the supplies that they need to ensure that every student has a successful future. Even if your child's school has the basic necessities, there are probably a few extra things that could benefit the school, such as laptops, iPads, or a new playground.

Selling wrapping paper and candy bars is a common thing that schools do to earn money for their students, but what happens when your neighbors get sick of buying bows and tissue paper? There are tons of other ways to earn money for your child's educational facility. Here are a few fun, hassle-free ideas to try.


Shop Online

Schools often host family nights at local restaurants or shopping centers, but what happens if your family isn't free that night? If the weather is cold or you have other plans, then attending an event at a shopping center might not work for you. Luckily, there are programs that parents can use online, 24 hours a day.

For the Schools is one popular website that parents use to earn money for their kids' schools. You can use the website for kids of all ages, whether you have an elementary student who wants new playground equipment or a high schooler who wants the school to repair the tennis court or basketball hoops. There is no fee to join, and you don't have to download any spammy toolbars.

The site is linked to popular retailers like Target and Best Buy. When you make a purchase at one of these sites, your little one's educational facility gets a percentage of your purchase. Checks are sent out twice a year, and they get sent directly to the school (so you don't have to worry about a dishonest parent spending the the funds).

Host a Fair

If the thought of renting carnival rides makes you a bit nervous, host a fair instead. Your school can earn cash by charging guests to play games and buy food. You don't have to serve anything too fancy - hot dogs and popcorn will do. If you have some talented cooks with kids in the district, consider kicking the menu up a notch with turkey legs, funnel cake, and fried Oreos.

As for the games, keep it simple -- and don't forget the prizes! It's a bummer to win a game and learn that your prize is just the satisfaction of being a winner. Hand out small pieces of candy to the kids, or give them stickers, pencils, or bracelets.

If you have plenty of space, organize a Cake Walk during the fair. Guests will have a blast dancing around the circle, and several winners will take home a delicious plate of cookies or a homemade chocolate cake.

Christmas Caroling

This idea won't work all year long, but it's great to try it during the holiday season. Gather a group of parents and kids during late November or early December and head around the neighborhoods that surround the school. If it's too cold to do that, consider hosting an indoor concert at the school.

Reward your singers with steaming-hot cups of hot cocoa after their caroling session. Consider offering items for the guests, too, such as candy canes or small holiday ornaments.

Has your child's school tried any of the ideas above? Were they successful?

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