Digital Dollars — Encourage your students to create an email to friends and family about participating in Pennies for Patients and asking for online donations. Also, promote your page through emails, social media posts, newsletters and the school website.
Chores for Charity — Challenge students to serve others by raking leaves, shoveling snow, cleaning houses, selling hot chocolate or baby-sitting for optional donations.
Staff Silent Auction — Organize a silent auction in the teacher’s lounge with items donated by staff and local businesses.
Stuck for a Buck — One of the most popular ideas! Students pay $1 for a piece of duct tape they use to tape a lucky staff person to a wall.
Pennies Pie — Reward the top fundraising classrooms with the chance to pie their teacher at the end of your campaign.
Crazy for a Cure — Have a favorite staff person kiss a pig, shave their head, put on a chicken suit, etc. if your school reaches its goal.
Make Leukemia Disappear — Place the word “leukemia” at the entrance to school. Each time your school collects a certain amount, remove one letter.
Paper Icons — Use the paper icon pads to create a Wall of Hope at your school. Sell the pennies for $1 or $5. Businesses can sell these too!
Teacher Dress Down/Student Dress Up Day — Teachers are encouraged to look their worst while students are encouraged to look their best. Votes cost a quarter.
Traveling Trophy — Make your own trophy. Each week of the campaign, the class/period raising the most money is awarded the trophy for the week.
Team Up Against Leukemia — Designate a “jersey day” where students wear their favorite team jersey to school by donating $1 or more. Talk about the importance of working together as a team to reach your school’s goal.
Pound of Pennies — Have weekly class/period weigh ins, and the heaviest donations wins—a quick way to keep students motivated! (Idea to increase donations: designate dollars to count as 1lb each.)
Spread the Love — In honor of Valentine’s Day, sell “candy for a cure.” Give out heart stickers to students who contribute or make Valentines for the Honored Heroes
After-School Party — Hold a $5 after-school party to benefit your program. Activities could include: open gym, water balloon toss, dancing, concession sales, homework help, etc.
Movie Night — Sponsor a movie night. Students and their families are invited to watch a movie shown on a screen outside or in the gym. Charge an entrance fee at the door and provide popcorn and soda during the movie.
All of our best ideas from our amazing schools and coordinators! Have an awesome new idea or something that worked really well at your school? We'd love to hear it! Send it to Alli.Rekow@LLS.org