From elementary school through college, nothing gets people motivated like a good old fashioned fundraising activity for a good cause. This is a time to bring the community together with fun activities like designing school spirit tshirts for prizes. And, just as importantly, to have fun!
Unfortunately, sometimes the same fundraising ideas get recycled quite a bit, which can suck the fun right out of the event. To help keep your school’s fundraising fresh, here are five creative ideas for your next event.
With custom school apparel for prizes, this event will have everybody rocking and rolling. Lip-sync battles are incredibly popular with the YouTube generation, and “Carpool Karaoke” videos regularly get millions of views.
Set up a stage in the school auditorium and have people sign up individually or in groups to lip-sync and perform their favorite songs; they can even perform in costume! To raise money, attendees can pay an admission fee. You can also give them the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for school spirit wear and other prizes. The performers are judged by a panel of volunteers, and the winner (or winning group) can go home with a set of custom school spirit tshirts to show off to the rest of the school.
A New Twist on Guess-timation Games
Some games are a classic for a reason. Fill a large container with beans, beads, or any other small objects, then have students and faculty guess how many are in there, paying a small fee for each guess. While this fundraising idea might sound like a throwback, you can easily spice it up with a giant container or strange items. Fake eyeballs could make this activity perfect for a great Halloween themed dance or event.
Organize a Community Sale
Organize a community-wide sale in the school’s athletic fields or parking lot. Rent spaces based on a first-come first-served basis, and host the sale on a weekend, asking for student and faculty volunteers to help sell drinks and snacks. In addition, selling custom high school apparel could be a great way to raise additional funds.
Host a School Fashion Week
Who doesn’t love a good fashion show? Students can design and produce their own custom school shirts or school spirit apparel through a tshirt company and show them off in a big fashion show on a school stage. Attendees pay a small fee for entry, and then vote for the best shirt. After all of the votes are counted, the design with the most votes becomes the official school spirit wear for the school that year.
Not only is this a fun idea for students, it’s one that can get the whole family involved. Approximately 36 million students participate in organized sports annually, which makes the team aspect of this event highly favorable. Families or groups of students pay a fee to form a team, and then compete in a school-wide scavenger hunt. Team fees can go towards custom team tshirts, as well as custom school spirit tshirts, which can be offered as prizes to the first three teams to finish the scavenger hunt.
Approximately 34% of students in activity programs use it as a way to show school spirit, and 89% of principals believe it’s overwhelmingly important to build school spirit at school events. These fun and creative ideas for fundraisers can not only help raise money for your school, they can help build a community through school spirit.