One spring, a group of my students wanted to take an trip to New Orleans for a conference on pop culture. The school said that this was ok but they would only match what we raised.
This made the students very excited. They met after school and chose to do a school wide murder mystery game called, Lethal Luau. They practiced everyday after school and even rewrote the mystery cards into more of a “play like” script. They chose costumes that many already had such as khaki pants and bright shirts while choosing to purchase themselves plastic grass skirts lais from the dollar store. The costumes amounted to no more than $5 per person and looked great.
They bought decorations such as colorful plastic table cloths that were only a dollar, plastic lais, and brightly colored cups and plates to match the theme. This was zero cost because the students went to local stores and asked for either donations and gift cards to purchase these items. Local stores were quick to help especially if they could attend.
Once they got the script and decorating organized, they began recruiting teachers to grill out Hawaiian themed food. The school saw what a wonderful job that they were doing and decided purchased enough food for the entire school. They invited the Icee Truck to provide drinks. The owner decided after the event to donate half of the proceeds back to the students.
Once the day came for the Lethal Luau, everyone received a lai and mystery sheet with clues, character names, and a paper to vote. Once the students acted out the mystery, the guests were allowed to interact, ask questions, and help the police find who the killer was. Everyone had a great time and we met our goal for our trip.