If you have kids who are attending school, you know that fundraisers are just par for the course. Schools ranging from pre-schools to high schools are in need of extra cash these days for books, computers, school trips, and so much more. As a parent, you want to help. However, with the growing concern for the environment, the question looms, “Do you really need another coffee cup, t-shirt, or tub of cookies?” In the current day when the mantra of, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” reigns supreme, buying things we just don’t need is really weighing on our consciences. Yet the desire to help the schools is a strong motivation as well. The good news is that there are some green fundraising ideas that will help your school become more eco-friendly while raising some much needed cash.
Green Auction. Many people in your community are eager to help out the schools, and they may be willing to offer their professionals services in a school auction. People can bid on services they really need without cluttering up their kitchen cabinet with yet another coffee mug. Plus, the services offered are all local, which follows with eco-friendly logic. A green auction can be conducted at times when parents gather together at the school, such as during holiday programs, end of year events, parent orientation meetings at the beginning of school, school festivals, and more.
Sell Green. Some parents and kids alike really dislike fundraisers that require them to sell items, but other parents and kids really enjoy it. Selling items to raise money for your school doesn’t have to be hard on the environment, though. Your school can sell items such as flower bulbs, packets of seeds, locally made jewelry or arts and crafts, soy candles, and more.
Green School Festivals. There is often a lot of waste associated with school festivals and carnivals. These events inevitably offer food and drinks that generates a tremendous amount of waste that largely goes un-recycled. Kids may test their skills and luck at various booths, which results in them winning certain trivial prizes are individually wrapped pieces of candy. These also usually end up in the trash very quickly. Plus, the decorations for these events are usually tossed as soon as the event is over. There are many ways you can make your festival a little greener. First, encourage more group activities such as a karate or dance demonstration where you invite the audience to participate after awhile, a dance contest, a karaoke station, and other such activities that produce little waste. Food is a big part of festivals, but consider offer foods that generate less waste such as sausage on a stick, corn dogs, and fries rather than individually wrapped items like burgers and bags of chips. Ensure that no styrofoam is used at your event, and offer several recycling bins for soda cans and paper plates. For giveaways at the booths, stick to items that are designed to capture a child’s attention for more than 45 seconds or that can be re-used. Consider pencils, erasers, textbook covers, and more. Or you can also create a ticket system at your festival where the kids earn tickets by participating in the prizes and then can trade in their tickets for larger prizes such as lunch boxes, re-usable water bottles, and other green prizes.
Earning money for your school doesn’t have to be harmful to the environment. These and many other great fundraising ideas are just perfect for your child’s school to earn money in eco-friendly ways. Pass these ideas on to your PTA board members and encourage your school to participate in green fundraisers this year!