Spring fundraisers are now on the horizon. Springtime represents new beginnings, growth and opportunity, and warmer weather. You can take these into account as you begin thinking of your latest fundraisers.
If you’re having trouble coming up with spring fundraiser ideas for your school, look no further. AIM is here to help you grow more than just your gardens this coming spring.
Spring Flower Fundraiser
Of course, nothing says springtime like flowers and homegrown vegetables. Once the weather starts to warm up, people are excited to begin adding the beautiful springtime colors to their flowering gardens. This is why one of the most popular spring fundraisers are flower and spring bulb fundraisers! Your Parent Teacher Group can offer all types of greenery, including pre-potted plants, succulents, or even simple gardening supplies.
One of the advantages here is that you can work with a local business for this flower fundraiser. Your PTO, PTA, or Booster Club can order flowers, seeds, or bulbs from a local nursery and perhaps work on getting them at a discount.
Spring Cleaning Garage Sale / Yard Sale Fundraiser
The warm weather starts bringing people outside of their cozy homes. The sunshine and new colors get everyone excited to make a change after their long winter hibernations. This is when they’ll get the urge to do a little spring cleaning, creating the perfect opportunity for your Parent Teacher Group to host a garage sale or yard sale. You’ll need as many volunteers as you can get to sort through and organize donations. It’s also essential that you set criteria for what you will and will not accept for the sale.
Video Game Tournament
Sometimes it can be challenging to get students excited about fundraisers, but we can change that by reaching out to their interests, one of which is video games. More and more students are getting into e-sports, which makes this fundraiser not only fun but effective. Your Parent Teacher Group can host a video game tournament at your school or even rent out a single movie theater room.
If you’re renting out a theater, you can announce your event by saying, “experience gaming like never before! Join our video game tournament with bigger screens and better sound at our local theater!” Some theaters will have their own game consoles you can rent, or they may allow you to bring your equipment.
Although this fundraiser could be held at any time of the year, spring can quickly become overly stressful for students with end-of-the-year exams and college admissions on the horizon. Making this a spring fundraiser is an opportunity to help students unwind while also raising funds.
Parent Teacher Group Bake Sales
Food is always a big hit for Parent Teacher Groups. If you’re looking for spring fundraiser ideas that are almost a sure-fire win, try hosting a bake sale. These sales are also relatively uncomplicated to host because goods are often donated by parents. There are just a few things you have to keep in mind when putting on a bake sale.
Allergies and food regulations for your district: beware of nuts, gluten, and dairy.
Timing: When will your sale get the most traffic during the school day?
Bakery donations: You may be able to cut down on costs and time by asking local bakeries to donate goods.
One of the best parts of a bake sale is that it can be done more than once. Some schools will have a bake sale or cupcake sale monthly. Students love having a treat, and the funds quickly add up for a recurring bake sale.
BBQ Fundraiser / School-wide Picnic
Gather up your picnic basket and outdoor blanket because it’s time for a BBQ fundraiser. This spring fundraiser is as delicious as it is successful. Although you’ll once again have to comply with food and allergies regulations for your area, it’s a lot of fun to get everyone together. You can sell hamburgers, hotdogs, sodas, and perhaps play a few games.
Not to mention that May is the National Month of BBQ! Like we said, food is always such a big hit. Who wouldn’t want a break from cooking while also helping their school? A school-wide picnic is a great way to end the school year. Before summer vacation starts, you can create one last moment of community. Hosting a school-wide picnic will give everyone the chance to say their goodbyes until the following school year begins.
Be sure to keep in mind your district/school regulations on food.
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