How to run a Student Series Program that will get your school to the TOP!
Tips and Tricks from the Teachers who were the Top fundraising school
We chatted with our a few of our first time coordinators, about how they brought in over thousands in donations to beat cancer. Here is what they had to say:
#1 There must be an award at the end of the program for the students!
#2 Parents/Community have some sort of buy-in
#3 Matching Funds which brought in over $5,000!
- Teachers donate to receive Jean Passes
- Raffle to win principal parking spot for a week (winter months are extra incentive)
- Let CoinStar do the counting!
- Students would buy $5 for a strip of tape to tape their principal to the wall during lunch-time.
- There was a place for students to donate money for different teachers to get pied in the face, voting (via dollars) was up for 3 hours
- Teacher Dares: If school met fundraising goal, collect group of teachers who agreed to preform a silly dare from their students. (See video below)
#5 School Thermometer should be HUGE:
- The bigger the thermometer the better!
- Each level (every $500) the students won a prize
- First level – all school recess
- Second level – movie at lunch
- Third level – Celebrity Guest Surprise. Or Student name Drawn to be principal for the day.
#6 Grade competitions:
- 4th/5th graders get all day movie day (day before spring break which allowed teachers to get all their work done during the day and have a free spring break)
- Younger age groups did PJ Day with one movie (too much energy to watch a movie all day)
#7 Daily Announcements letting school know how much they raised the day before and including blood cancer facts; LLS Trivia; Use Robo-Call to remind parents of collections and competitions being held
#8 Student Council club members would go by and collect coin boxes everyday from each class
#9 Teacher buy-in – Teachers were really into the competition and rallied their students to raise money and beat their classmates
#10 Go Viral! - The power of social media is strong, especially when people see good kids going great things together.
Finally - Use all the resources and tools that the Student Series Team has to offer. They want this to be fun, engaging and successful - and it was!