My name is Marnae, and I attend a tiny high-school. When I say tiny, I'm not exaggerating. We have a student body of 22 kids, from grades 7-12. In some ways, we don't have very many opportunities or options. For example, because of our small size, we aren't able to participate in sports. But, in one way, our school is amazing. We have a school choir, and every single student sings in it--and the remarkable thing is, we are actually decent.
Our local band is raising funds in order to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. They have had a rummage sale, and a bake sale, and they sell food at the sports events.
I don't know if these ideas would work for your small community. Perhaps you could have someone from the chorus take digital photos of your chorus performing and then the parents/grandparents could pay for pics of their child.
Another advantage of your small school (if you don't realize) is the quality of the education you receive. From the way you write, your grammar and clarity, I can tell your teachers are doing a great job!
On to fund-raising ideas. Here, where I live, just outside of Calgary, Alberta (a beautiful city nestled in the foothills), we have many small communities who raise funds by what we call 'fowl suppers.' All volunteers are asked to bring a dish: turkey, stuffing, vegetebales, potatoes, dessert. Everyone does just a little bit, brings the result to the community hall (if your school could acommodate groups of people sitting and eating, this might work for you: if not, check with local facilities to see if they might donate space for an evening). The suppers are well advertised, everyone loves a good turkey dinner (or lobster or whatever you can find which won't cost each volunteer a lot of money for supplies) and all who attend pay a price for their ticket. It would take some organizing, but I'll bet everyone would love to be involved for such a good cause.
Best of luck to you!
chili suppers seem to turn out well this time of year. if you could get some stores to donate the food (ingredients) and the kids and parents get together to cook so no one has to do it all.
selling your services as yard cleaners (leaves and trimming bushes) might work.
do a bake sale but specialize in something like all muffins, just cakes, or this time of year pies do well.
make homemade candy for sale.
raffle something. radios, guns, camping equipment, nice toys (Christmas is coming too)
have a karaoke supper with an open mic. people pay to eat and get a chance to sing, make fools of themselves, or do comedy etc. make sure you get at least a couple of parents or other adults to get up and do something so others will feel its ok too.
our elementary school sells market day. now if you live in the country the ladies might bake their own products but it goes over well here.
yard sales and bakes sales are good too.
you could also sign up for surveys. the whole community then could give the money earned from surveys to the choir.
Our youth minister had our kids do a "free" car wash. The way it works is like a walk-a-thon or the like - you ask folks to pay so many cents/dollars per vehicle washed - anything from a quarter to $5 - then start washing! You don't charge the owner for what you wash - you get a total count and then each member goes to those folks on their list and collects money based on the agreed amt - if you wash 25 cars at a quarter, then you are owed $6.25; if the agreed amt was $3 per car, then it is $75. You can wash anything - trucks, cars, tractors, trikes, wagons, anything that needs washing! Often the owners will offer a donation as well. Good luck!
My niece and nephew play in a school band also and the Band Boosters recently had a fund-raiser that didn't entail asking all the parents for money. They sponsored a race and people who are marathon runners from all over signed up. The boosters planned out where they would run and how many miles it was and had people at different places for verification of the runners and words of encouragement as well as drinks. The runners paid to run and then had proof of the run to add to their records. It was a win-win situation that wasn't a lot of work.
Borrow a digital camera and put up a school website. Then put on your best show--show us all how entertaining you are, and ask for donations to help with your choral program. Get creative-the reality family show ads are good examples of group cheers and messages. If there's a cable tv station nearby, do a one-night telethon. They'll train you to work the cameras and produce the show. People love to be entertained, especially when it's fun and enthusiastic and for a good cause. Try a "Dancing with the Stars" format. And advertise, advertise, advertise everywhere permitted in your area.
Thank you for all of your great ideas and advice! I can't wait to get to work on some of them! Thanks again! :)
If you have any resturants or fast food places in or near your town, you could ask them to donate a percentage of their profits for one nights business to your cause. In our town the McDonald's donates 10% of all sales from 4-8 on one evening a year. We advertise the event and the place is packed all night long. The teachers do all the cleaning of tables and sweeping the floors. Some even help with placeing the orders in the bags. It is an easy fundraiser, because everyone wins. The resturant has business, the patrons eat dinner, abd you raise money.
How about "Cow-patty Bingo"? You sell chances and offer a (donated!) prize. Mark off a huge bingo grid and turn the cow loose in the pen. We offered a handmade quilt and everyone bought chances. We also had smaller prizes. Three people chose the winning square and we had a drawing to see who got the quilt and who got runner-up prizes.
A really easy and fun way to raise some money is to have a Penny Drive. You simply ask members of the choir, the school staff, and members of the community to save their pennies for you. It's easy to get started, lots of fun, and it really works to raise money without a lot of work and sacrifice!
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