50/50 Raffle: “At our school, we have done 50/50 raffles. They’re great because they have a short turnaround time, and there are no overhead costs. Sometimes the person who wins will even donate the winnings back to the trip for the kids!” – Laura C.
Spaghetti Dinner: “Spaghetti is an easy meal and cheap to prepare. I make [the meal donation based] and we really make a lot of money. The kids are the servers and parents are in the kitchen making the meal.” – Mary K.
Breakfast: “We do a pancake breakfast [to fundraise]! Even if you can’t get the supplies donated (which we have been able to do) supplies are cheap!” – Stacey L.
“Sell donuts from the grocery store before school, if you are allowed! We pick up a dozen for $2.99 per box and sell them for a dollar each. Or, sell water bottles after school if you can’t do soda and candy. Kids [love to] buy stuff, especially if you announce it ahead of time!” -Sharolyn W
Bake Sale: “If your school allows bake sales, that is a great quick money maker at lunchtime in our school. Everyone that brings something to sell gets that amount of money back. We charge a dollar per prepared item and if you bring two dozen then you get $24. Rice Crispy treats are a big seller! We do this a couple times a week.” – Mary K
Garage Sale: “As it gets warmer towards spring, it’s a good time for a garage sale! All you really need are pricing stickers. We’ve made hundreds of dollars off of ‘junk’.” – Dan U.
Restaurants: “Restaurant nights can be a simple fundraiser, you just have to get the word out for people to go on your designated night. Chipotle offers the best deal out of all the restaurants I looked at. They will give you 50% of the proceeds.” – Claire F.
“I ask our nearby Sonic for fundraising cards and they are always very generous and they cost us nothing! They sell for $5 each- even if just for a little bit of spending money it is very easy for our students and 100% profit!” – Nancy M.
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