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School Fundraising Ideas for Middle School
What is Considered Middle School?
The answer to this question appears to be diverse depending on where you live.
For the purpose of this article, we are going to define Middle School as Grades 6 through 8 with students ranging in age from 11-14 years old.
Choosing a Fundraiser for Middle School Students
The purpose of school fundraising is to raise money to support the cost of educational enrichment programs for the students. Before choosing a fundraiser for your group, here are some questions to answer which will help determine the best benefit for your school.
- What are you raising money for?
- What goal do you hope to reach?
- How much money is needed?
- How quick do you need to raise these funds?
- Are you looking for a fundraising program that is “one time” or can be ongoing?
- How many middle school students will be participating in the fundraiser?
- Will you be expecting the parents to participate?
- Do you have enough help for a successful fundraising program?
Who will support the fundraiser – kids, adults, family, friends, community members?
Once you have answered the questions above, you are ready to begin brainstorming ideas.
Ideas for Middle School Fundraising
Rummage Sale / Indoor Garage Sale
Ask for donations of unwanted goods from school families and the community to organize an indoor garage sale. The profit will be 100% for the school!
Fun Options: During this sale, you could also incorporate a bake sale, sell food and even set up a raffle too. You could charge an admission fee, let’s say $1.00, but then every person who pays to get in receives a raffle drawing ticket for their money.
You may be interested in reading about How to Have a Successful Garage Sale.
Basket Raffle from Donations
Determine how many school classrooms will participate and assign a different basket theme to each classroom. Gather a group of parents of the students who are able to travel to local stores to ask for donations. If willing, the parents may also purchase and donate items to include in the basket.
Number every basket and create a list with the contents in each. Sell tickets for a chance to win a basket of their choice. For example, if someone is interested in the Spa/Relaxation Basket, they can purchase five tickets and try for that prize only.
Some basket raffle theme ideas may include Chocolate Lovers, Favorite Sports Team, Everything Italian, All About Babies and so many more. Be creative! You may also be interested in reading How To Organize A Gift Basket Raffle Fundraiser.
Fun Options: If the contents of the baskets are quite costly, consider selling tickets for $5 each or more to add to the school profits.
Engraved Bricks or Floor/Wall Tiles
Many people love the idea of leaving a lasting impression. Create a project at the school such as adding a brick walkway outdoors, a ceramic tile floor indoors or a tiled wall décor. Each brick or tile could be engraved with the family’s name that purchased the brick/tile showing support of their school community.
Search around for someone who specializes in engraving to ask if they would possibly donate their services or charge a minimal cost since it is a school fundraiser. You may also be able to find someone who will donate their bricklaying or tiling skills. And maybe a company who would donate bricks or tiles.
Fun Options: Create bricks with student handprints or footprints to be purchased by the family.
Secure a large enough location with water available to hold a car wash. Many businesses such as a gas station will donate their space and water for the school.
Families can donate soap and towels. The kids can make signs and do the work. Decide if you will charge a specific rate per car or simply ask for donations.
Fun Options: You could also incorporate selling ice cold beverages for the car owner to enjoy while they wait.
Everyone loves a bake sale. Ask families to donate homemade goodies to sell so all the profits will go directly to the school. Try to organize the bake sale when many visitors will be around such as during a sports game, after church, at bingo, or during an indoor garage sale.
Fun Options: Instead of just a bake sale, possibly sell other items such as stuffed cabbages, hot dogs, perogies, beverages, ice cream, popcorn and so much more. You could also set the sale up so that people could actually purchase an entire meal to take home to their family. For example: 8 stuffed cabbages, a quart of mashed potatoes, 4 rolls and 4 cupcakes - a meal to feed a family of four for one set price. Of course, you could always host a dinner in the school gym or cafeteria.
This is a simple way to quickly make some money for your school. A 50/50 raffle means that 50% of the profits go to the school and 50% go to the winner. If you sell $500 worth of raffle tickets for example, the winner receives $250 and the school receives the other half. Choose a well attended event to sell these tickets such as a school sports game, a carnival or during a rummage sale.
Fun Options: Offer a “bargain” to those who wish to buy multiple tickets. For example, charge $1 per ticket or offer 6 tickets for $5. Although a 50/50 split is the most popular, you could consider other splits such as 60/40 or 70/30.
Tupperware remains a popular household name, and they offer an exclusive catalog just for fundraisers. They make it easy to collect orders and money upfront. Your school will receive 40% of the sales.
Fun Options: Host a large Tupperware Party at your school inviting everyone involved with the school and the entire community. Ask the parents of the kids who will benefit to bring bakery and beverages to serve.
Box Tops For Education (BTFE)
Box Tops for Education are a great fundraiser that requires little work and is ongoing. Since 1996, BTFE has earned over 400 million to help America’s schools.
All you do is clip the BTFE coupon off participating grocery items. Collect them and turn them into your school. Determine a central location to drop off the BTFE’s, maybe at the school secretary’s office.
Fun Options: Did you know that you can also earn BTFE’s by shopping online. It’s true. And you can even enter contests for chances to win thousands of BTFE’s for your school.
The Importance of a Donation Jar
Many of these fundraisers would also benefit if there was a donation jar nearby.
People are willing to donate for a good cause even if they are not interested in what you are selling.
Successful School Fundraising
With a little creativity and energy, fundraising for middle school can be extremely successful. Once you determine your goals and objectives, there are so many activities or events that you can organize to raise funds. If you are looking for additional assistance, there are many professional fundraising organizations out there that are willing to help. Best wishes!
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