With Prom around the corner, and outdoor sports starting up again, spring is a big season for fundraising at high schools. Bake sales are great, but get old. Whether you are Student Council President, or just want to help out, you can get creative with fundraising and have a blast doing it! Of course, you must always check with your school’s administration and secure all proper approvals before doing any fundraising for your school.
Check out these unique fundraising ideas for high school students.
1. Teacher Auction
Students love seeing another side of their teachers, and are willing to pay for it! Have teachers come up with their own donations and auction off items or experiences to students. Here are some examples: a personalized piece of artwork from an art teacher, a ‘Happy Birthday’ serenade from a music teacher, a trip to a museum with a history teacher as your guide, or even the opportunity to be principal for the day.
2. Candy Sales
If it’s a class-wide fundraiser, consider using a fundraising program from a well-known brand such as Fannie May, Hershey’s, or Otis Spunkmeyer. Sure, selling sweets has been done before, but that doesn’t change the fact that people will spend money on them! Make it unique and encourage students to participate by offering prizes to the top sellers.
3. Movie Night
Some movie theaters will help schools raise money by donating a movie showing to your group or offering discounted tickets for you to sell. Make sure the movie has a PG or safer rating so families with young children can go together. Market it as a great opportunity for friends’ families and siblings to meet!
4. Jeans for Green
This is an easy way to raise money at schools with uniforms or strict dress codes. See if your school’s administration will allow students to pay $1-$3 to dress down for the day.
5. Trivia Contest
Have an after-school or lunch-time trivia contest and charge a fee for teams to register. Ask your principal or a faculty member to MC and see if a local business can donate a prize for the winning team. Find tips on planning a trivia event here.
6. Balloon Pop
Have students pay a few dollars to pick a helium balloon out a bunch to pop. Put a slip of paper in each balloon that either says “Thank You, Try Again” or reveals that they’ve won a prize. Have a range of prizes of varying value so you can ensure all the balloons get sold.
7. Mini Golf
Ask clubs or homerooms to each create their own mini golf hole for this school-wide fundraiser. The course can be in a contained space like the gym or cafeteria, or all over the school! Have each group pick a theme such as a Parisian themed golf hole for the French club, a Shakespearean theme for the drama club, or Pi themed for the Mathletes. Charge admission to play a round, and award a prize to the most creative theme!
8. Recipe Book
Collect recipes from students and teachers and create a special cookbook for your school. Sell the books to students and parents.
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