Check out these quick, no-fuss fundraisers that your community will THANK you for...
1. Bagging for Charity. Ask your local supermarket if your group can help bag groceries for donations. This helps move busy lines along with no cost to the store, and earns your group monies. Simply decorate donation jars and put at the end of every checkout line with a cheerful volunteer. Best days for this fundraiser is right before Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve. Volunteers can even help load cars for an extra perk! You'd be surprised how thankful and generous busy local shoppers can be.
2. Wrapping for Charity. Check with a local strip mall, popular store or even your local mall and see if your group can wrap gifts for donations. Simply set up a large table and supply varying sized boxes, tissue paper, wrapping paper, bows, ribbons and gift cards. This fundraiser can run all month and is guaranteed to earn money and goodwill. You may want to charge a small fee to cover the materials, and then display a Donation Jar to collect for your efforts.
We have harvested (no pun intended) the best Halloween and Fall Festival ideas from our customers and want to share them with you.
Halloween and Thanksgiving are right around the corner, a perfect time to bring teachers and families together for some good old fashioned fun. You can even run your Fall Festival Night as a fundraiser by simply charging families a fee to attend.
1) Allow children towear their costumes. Kids love Halloween and being able to dress up. Many school today prohibit the wearing of costumes during the day, but what about at night? Hint:You may want to ban play weapons or scary masks just to be safe.
2)Turn a section of the gym into a Dance Floor. Hire a DJ, or better yet find a local Teacher or Parent willing to DJ. Turn the lights off and get those strobe lights blinking. Paid DJs bring games, activities and props for the kids and can really get the whole room rocking.
3) Face Painting and Air Brush Tattoos are popular.
4) The cafeteria can offer simple desserts, apple cider or water, and donuts. The food can be donated, and not fussy. Just another fun stop for the kids during the night.
5) On the other side of the cafeteria, have a few easy, and not too messy, Halloween or Fall Crafts that families can work on together.
6) Turn a classroom in a Spooky Story Telling Room. Your favorite teachers can dress up and take turns reading scary stories. Decorating the room even makes it spookier!
7) Pair this fun night with your annual Book Fair, set up in the Library. While the kids are running around having fun, the parents can be perusing and purchasing books! Now your school earns money two ways.
8) Jack-O-Lantern Walking Path! Have each student bring in one or more carved pumpkins. They can drop them off morning of the Festival. After school, both volunteers and students can line the walking trail or a path around the school. Light candles at a designated time (7-8pm) and let families walk the trail. It's simply magical!
9) For a bit more effort, fun games around the gym are fan favorites. Bean Bag Toss, Frisbee Throw, Fishing for Gold Fish, Golf Putting are just a few. Many families have these games in their garages, and you can easily Spook-ify them.If you offer small prize giveaways at each game like tattoos, or fake teeth or candy, even better!
10) Kids love to see their teachers outside the classroom Encourage teachers to come dressed in costume with arm each with a basket full of giveaway prizes. Then, each teacher can ask the children questions....Math Facts, Spelling, History or Science.. the kids get a prize for each correct answer.
And of course, let's not forget it is the season of Thanksgiving. Adding a Canned Food Drive to the night is a great way to serve others.
Bonus: Google interesting Halloween or Harvest Facts. Then create Fact/Answer Flip Up Sheets On Oak Tag and place randomly around . Everyone loves learning!
The most obvious benefit of introducing children to cooking is that it is simply FUN! Children love getting their hands messy, and creating their own edible masterpieces.
Here are other less obvious benefits of bringing Cooking to Your School:
1) Children that help in the kitchen are LESS FUSSYabout the foods they eat and tend to try new things in their lives.
2) Kids get to know where the food comes from and nutritional education. They understand the differences between pre-packaged snacks and farm fresh foods. The result: children tend to MAINTAIN HEALTHIER EATING HABITS.
3) A relaxed atmosphere in the kitchen provides a great chance for IMPROVED COMMUNICATION with children where you can discuss just about anything.
4) Cooking IMPROVES READING & MATHEMATICAL ABILITIES. Children need to read directions, gather information, measure ounces, teaspoons, cups etc... For a challenge give the kids a recipe and ask them to double it!
5) CookingIMPROVES MOTOR SKILLS & TEACHES SAFETY.Motor skills improve by slicing, dicing, rolling, scooping and measuring. Learning how to properly use the oven, microwave, potholders, mixers, knives, and other kitchen aids, keeps children safe in an usually unsafe environment.
6) Cooking is a LIFE SKILL that they can use forever!
7) The best part is that any mom or teacher can offer a cooking program in your school, NO ADVANCED DEGREE NECESSARY.
So, get started and bring more enrichment opportunities to your school! Using The SignUp Hub for Free Registration and Payments is the Simple Solution to run any class quickly!
Yep that's right! Numerous studies suggest that high-quality after-school programs enhance students’ academic success in school. After-school programs lead to better attitudes toward school and stronger school engagement; stronger school performance, as measured by standardized test scores and grades; higher rates of school attendance; fewer behavioral problems; and lower dropout rates (Afterschool Alliance, 2008). So the question is "does your child's school offer After School Programming? If so, are the programs designed for the interests and development of all students or do they simply serve the needs of the athletes and techies. It is so simple and FUN to become creative and coordinate interesting and varying after school programs that include all types of Art, Science, Sports, Community Service, Games, Robotics, Hobbies, Animals and Travel? You can even start a DO NOTHING CLUB where the kids simply spend quality time together after school playing games or old fashioned outdoor activities like Kick the Can. Think about bringing some fun Enrichment Weeks to Your School perhaps a A Week of Wizardry including ...Magic Classes, Chemistry Potions, Quid ditch, Poetry and Spell Writing. Travel to Asia including...Asian Art Project, EggRoll Cooking Class, Mommy & Me Yoga. HobbyLand including... Stamp Collecting, Comic Book Art, Painting, Tennis. The number of ideas are only limited to your imagination so have fun with it! Oh, and by the way. Everyone in the community benefits. The kids get to hang out with their friends after school and learn about new and interesting things, parents get a couple extra free hours at a great price, community businesses get to promote their services, and teachers can earn a few extra dollars and connect with their students on a casual and fun basis.
Win! Win! Win!
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Here's How To Run An Awesome Enrichment Week at Your School!
4-6 Weeks before Enrichment
Meet with school
administrators and complete all necessary paperwork and/or adhere to all
policies of the school.
Decide on a theme for your
Determine how many classes
each day, what and where they will be.
Secure instructors and fees
for each class. Once Instructor fees are established you can
determine how much to charge each student.
3-4 Weeks before Enrichment Week
Create a brochure or Flyer to be handed
out at school and Creat your SignUp Hub for Online Registration & Payments.
Allow at least one full week
for parents to sign up and/or return their registration. Enter in all paper registrations onto your SignUp Hub.
2 Weeks before Enrichment Week
Enrollment should be closed
now and it is time to finalize classes. Cancel any classes with too
low enrollment and refund parents.Close Registration.
Print out Volunteer list from The SignUpHub and call/email for commitment (estimate 1:7 ratio volunteers
to children in elementary school).
1 Weeks before Enrichment Week
Send an Email reminder to all
parents about their registered classes as a reminder.
Allow this week to tidy up all
administrative duties such as reminding instructors and volunteers
(via email or phone) on the date, time, place, headcount and contact
person for the enrichment week.
Print out and deliver all
class lists, name tags and volunteer directions and attendance
sheets to the school.
Decide with the school on how
to have children dismissed to classes.
Have PTO treasurer write out
instructor checks for you and review financials with him/her. The SignUp Hub will automatically summarize monies due and Instructor Fees.
Week of Enrichment:
Ensure there is a point person
located in the office to handle any issues or questions that may
arise. You will need to answer phones in case a parent calls as
well as direct volunteers and instructors to their classrooms.
Have teachers place nametags
on children at end of day to help with attendance and flow.
Supply each volunteer with a
class list and instruct them to check in/out the students to their after
school activity. It is important that all attendance is done
quickly and that you account for all students. If someone
is missing, check with the school nurse for absences and/or then call
home. At pick up, whomever is designated to pick up the child must
be noted on the check out form. Check with your school
administration if they wish parents to sign out their children or if a
simple check mark is sufficient.
Lastly, a volunteer should be
present at the entrance to the school to direct parents to where
their children are in the building. A sign on oak tag may serve
this purpose better.
Really anything goes here...Be Creative! Some
suggestions on some more popular themes and suggested classes are below.
Week in Disneylandcould include: fencing 'Peter Pan
Fencing', cartoon art, create your own gift shop Tee, any type of
outside animal class 'Animal Kingdom', any international cooking or class
'Epcot Dining', monster makeup 'Haunted Mansion', magic
classes , rollercoaster design , etc...
A Week at Hogwarts:magic
classes, poetry creation of spells and potions, strange animals, model trains,
chemistry experiments, gym: quid ditch, art: create your own portraits, etc...
sport (i.e. Gymnastics), international class based on where Olympics were
or are being held, Iron sculpture: medals or metals?, science could
include aerodynamics or speed experiments, broadcasting, film editing,
cheerleading, etc... Up in the Air:track and
field: high jumps to hurdles, paper airplanes, science
experiments with air pressure, birds, kite making, wind instruments,
air balloons, birdhouses, travel by plane etc...
In the Dirt:worms, horticulture, gardening, baseball, terrariums, clay
art sculpture, intro to pottery, ant farms, cooking: desserts with
chocolate pudding and Oreos and gummy worms, cake decorating with a theme,
Australia, alligators and crocodiles, fish and aquariums, art project
relating to the sea, archeology Travel to Asia:(or
any other continent or country): cooking, dance related to country, origami
art, sushi making, art: Chinese lanterns, map making, judo, fencing
(refer to movie Mulan), jewelry making, etc...
Mind, Body and Soul:
yoga, tai chi, any sport, community service including volunteering or
card making, stamp art card making, science: dissection of ?,
the brain, any classroom or animal topic, etc... Lost Arts:drama
class, pressed flowers, art of conversation (concept of speed dating),
fencing, jousting, horses, decoupage, cameras and photography, medieval
children games, dinosaurs, Legos.
Into the Future:space and technology science,
hip hop, sports of any kind (be creative mixing them
up), inventions, modern or recyclable art, environmental
projects (how to create a compost at home), robotics, end the week with
the movie, etc...
Oh No, the Science Fair!Fill the week with all different
types of science fair related classes.
The County Fair:animal
classes, hot air balloons, balloon animals, sewing or knitting, basics of
string instruments, shot put or dung throwing, create a maze for the rats,
gardening, cooking: pies, wood crafting/signs, darts, etc... Make Sense of It!Examine all 5 senses during the week
with classes in science relating to sight or sound or smell, 3-D art
projects, cooking, blindfold tasting , nutrition, sports blindfolded???,
intro to anatomy and medicine, etc...
Super Hero Week:comic strip
creation, mask making, spiders, athletics/sports, villains, theatrical
fighting, mutations, explosions, healthy smoothie making, bats,
geology and metals, black holes, rock climbing, newspaper reporting, super hero
t-shirt making, run old TV or movies, FBI or CIA related classes,
police dogs , intro to genetics etc...
What's your Hobby?:sewing,
stamp collecting, sports, pottery, painting or drawing, poetry creation,
memory scrapbooking, jewelry making, hair styling, nail design, make up art,
drama class, woodworking, cooking, rock climbing, calligraphy,
fabric painting, refinish furniture, intro to investments
Turn off the TV!: Jersey Shore (hair or makeup
classes), Malcolm in the Middle (genetics and family dynamics), CNN (news
reporting or broadcasting), Ridiculous (film and photography), Cake Boss
(cake decorating), Say Yes to the Dress (clothing design), Survivor (sports
challenges), Glee (singing lessons) .. I want to Be?:Classes
relating to future jobs ie.. Acting,
beauty, sports medicine, robotics, FBI or Spy Investigation, cooking, survival
techniques, computer programming, web design, investments, etc... It's all Media!Design your own webpage, How to use of Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram etc..., making Movies, Creating slideshows, Party Planning, Modeling,
Determine How many Classes to Offer?
It is recommended between 4-5
classes a day for a week
Determine What Type of
Classes and Where they will be run?
Generally, each day should encompass at least one:
category (held in gymnasium)
an art category
(held in art room)
category (held in classroom, cafeteria or library)
category (held in science room or classroom)
miscellaneous category of learning (held in classroom)
Determine Grade Level of Each Class
decide to run the same classes each day for 5 days for each grade:
Or, you can
run groups of grades each day ( assuming the theme is Harry Potter Week)
Monday: Fencing (gr.
ditch (gr. 2-5)
Art (gr. K-1)
Jewelry Making (gr. 3-5)
Note: this is the recommended way as it ensures that all students will be
able to participate in at least one class.
Find the Instructors: There are several ways to find
1) Teachers in your school. We suggest reaching out to your
teaching staff. Classes can usually generate $100 plus materials for the
hour so many teachers would appreciate the opportunity to make a little extra
money. Teachers tend to be the best instructors as they are the
most educationally creative and familiar with the children.
2) Parents. Also, reach out to parents whom may have a talent or
small business they wish to share. They too are always looking for extra
money and free advertising for their businesses.
3) The Internet. The internet will become your greatest tool.
Google after school activities, either specifically like” Judo in
Maine" or more general like "after school science programs in Watching
County, Nebraska". See what comes up and start making phone calls.
Many businesses do or will come to your school and engage the children.
You will be amazed how many opportunities there are right in your own
neighborhoods. Note, many companies usually have fees in
excess or the $100/hour so please make sure you price your classes
accordingly. Negotiate, Negotiate...everyone is looking for work!
4) Local businesses. Tap the more
popular athletic, interest and art facilities in your
town. Most love to come and do a one hour class just to pass out their cards and
Pricing your Classes: You
may either price out this program to break-even or to make a profit. The
profit can go to benefit the school's PTO/A. You may price out the
classes all the same $ amount which makes for easier accountability (our
suggestion) or you may charge different amounts based on the fees of the instructors.
For example, a teacher running a class may charge $100 plus materials (let's
assume an additional $40 for materials), for a total class expense of $140.
If you assume 14 in the class, you should charge $10 each child. If you
wish to profit, I would charge $12/child. Example 2: Another class
may run $275 for an hour (let's assume local zoo program) but can hold up
to 24 students so the cost per class would be $12 ($275/ 24 students). To
run this class at a profit, you would charge $14.
I would avoid charging more than $15 /hour as it deters involvement. You
may also want to adjust your fees based on your state and location. These
numbers apply to the northeast, but you may wish to offer your teachers
$75/hour and charge the students less if you are running the program in
Nebraska or North Carolina, a lower cost region. My examples below assume
rates for the northeast:
Classes Class Cost
Class 1 $140
Class 2 $140
Class 3 $225
Class 4 $175
Class 5 $175
Class 6 $275
Class 25 $100
Plus Profit $2/child
$12 (gives you $850 profit)
you $1700 profit)
note 1: don't forget to allow some wiggle room for classes not
filling up completely. This will happen. If class enrollment drops
below the minimum number you can choose three options: 1) incur a loss
for one class but still hold it 2) cancel the class and refund monies 3) or ask
the instructor to take less in fee for running the class.
note 2: In the above example we would suggest charging $14 for each class
which allows for easier accounting plus monies for wiggle room and up to a $1700
profit for only one week.
This last week should have been spent finalizing and
printing out lists, nametags, confirming instructors and
Make sure each teacher has a list of their students
and where they are going for the week along with name tags.
A Master List should be posted in the office.
Remember, all this is easily accessed with a click of the
button on The SignUp Hub.
Volunteers and Instructors should arrive to the
school 15 minutes early to set up and prepare for the children.
A designated spot to meet should be arranged.
You, or another point person, should be at the school to greet
them, review quickly the process and lead them to their classrooms.
Volunteers will be handed a binder
with a class list and instructions.
necessary paperwork has been filed for the Enrichment week. All
dates and themes are confirmed with the school and PTO.
and Instructors are booked.
was created and The SignUp Hub was setup for Online Registration & Payment. Allow at least 1
week for registration to be open.
were finalized and closed and head count in each approved.
Purchases automatic Email Reminder function OR send out email reminders the day before each class.
Main Office List, Class Lists and
Name tags were printed off and distributed to the school.
classes were cancelled due to low enrollment, refunds were distributed
electronically and Instructor Checks received from the Treasurer.
Volunteers (at least 1 per class minimum) were confirmed. Lead
volunteer in Front Office mandatory!
for where parents can pick up children hanging in front hall OR volunteer
to direct them with Master List handy (many parents don't remember what
class their child is attending on which day).
IMPORTANTLY AND TO BE
REPEATED IN THESE INSTRUCTIONS: Volunteers must QUICKLY take
attendance at the start of all classes. All children must be
accounted for. You may need to refer to school nurse list for
absentees. If a child is unaccounted for, emergency
contacts/parents must be called until child is found or parent notified.
Volunteers must have a check mark or parent’s signature for release
It's 2016 and it's time to hand over that stack of papers and surrender to the way of the future - technology. Paper is totally out and anything and everything online is totally in, including online registration forms.
Here's what you need to know to join the cool kids again:
1. Online registration forms can help you reduce cost by as much as 45%.Managing your registration process online eliminates printing and postage costs, as well as allows staff to maximize their productivity. Register, modify, cancel and refund attendees with the click of button - no tedious paperwork or data entry needed. Even allow attendees to modify their registrations themselves. Securely collect payments online, so you don't have to track down payments by check. Clone previous event registration forms for easy reuse.
2. Web-based registration forms are eco-friendly. Go green and save a few trees. With online registration forms, there is no need to print hundreds of copies of a registration form. Collect the registration information you regard to be critical and even upload important event documents such as brochures, event agendas, exhibitor lists, session descriptions and parking information to be downloaded by attendees upon completion of the registration process.
3. Tracking and reporting on the registration process is easier and more efficient online. Keeping track of event registrations when some come via fax, some are received by mail and some occur on-site can be an overwhelming task. Online event registration forms can be accessed anytime and anywhere by any computer or smartphone connected to the internet. Several presentation-ready reports are available in real-time including participant lists, payment balances, wait lists, name tags and more.
4. Online registration forms will increase registration numbers by 21%. It is no secret that in today's world we all feel stretched for time. Filling out a paper registration form, completing a credit card authorization form, sending a fax or worse, going to the post office, is just a pain. Invitees may have every intention of registering for the event, but before they know it, the deadline has passed or it is simply more effort than it is worth. Online registration forms allow invitees to quickly and conveniently register from their computers or on the go.
5. Web-based registration forms allow for maximum form customization. There is only so much information that can fit onto a 8x11 sheet of paper. However, dynamic, multi-track, multi-session registration forms can be built online.
We know it is hard to teach an old dog a new trick but if you are still using paper registration forms, we strongly encourage you to try managing your registration process online. The value goes well beyond the five benefits we have presented.
Learn more about starting your FREE registration online.
Free and Low Cost Summer Activities for your Family
For many parents, summer poses the inevitable question: Now that the kids are home all day, what am I going to do with them?
Summer camps get expensive, as do visits to water parks, theme parks and other attractions. Grandparents love to see the kids arrive, but after long they wonder just what to do with them.
The good news is the answer doesn’t have to be too complicated.
Low and No Cost Ideas
Here are some free or cheap things to do with the kids this summer.
Play traditional card games or board games. This is not old-fashioned, but retro. Board game nights and trivia nights are popular in bars around the country. Your kids may love Yahtzee, gin rummy or poker played for pennies.
See free or cheap kids’ movies. Many movie theater chains, including Regal, Cinemark, AMC, show free or cheap kids’ films on weekday mornings during the summer. Get there early if you want a seat. Many cities and towns have free outdoor film festivals, and your local library may also show kids’ movies.
Go to a free concert in the park. Cities and towns nationwide put on free concerts in parks in the summer. That’s a great way to introduce kids to music and live performance without having to worry about whether they’ll squirm in their seats.
Let the kids help you cook. Not only does this sharpen math skills with school out, but also kids are more likely to eat healthy meals they help prepare. Plus, they’ll thank you later. How many young adults do you know who can’t cook and complain that their parents never taught them?
Share a hobby or craft. Do you sew, scrapbook, collect coins or do genealogy? Share that skill with your child or grandchild. If the child has expressed interest in a topic you haven’t mastered, do the research and create projects together.
Take up a sport or pastime as a family. Yoga, karate, bicycling and hiking are good sports for families to engage in together. The best part is you can stay fit and spend quality time with your family all at once.
Go bowling.Bowling lanes nationwide offer free bowling for kids in summer, though required shoe rental is usually extra. Most participating lanes permit two free games daily for registered families, but bowling times and other rules can vary. Hundreds of lanes across the country participate in the Kids Bowl Free program, and AMF also has a free summer kids bowling program. Check with your local lanes to see if they’re part of either program.
Visit your town’s free attractions. Smaller, less popular museums or attractions may seem cheesy to you, but they’re magic to kids who have never seen them. An added plus is they often have much smaller admission fees than the most popular museums and zoos.
Take a field trip to a nearby town. Check with convention and visitors bureaus for information about special summer events and deals, as well as free attractions. "They know of only festivals the locals will know about," says Jody Halsted, an Iowa mother of two daughters who writes the FamilyRambling.com blog.
Chicago, for example, has more than 400 neighborhood festivals each summer, which are listed on the city’s website. If your kids or grandkids are older, give them the task of doing the research and planning a day trip.
Give the kids a photography project. Everybody takes pictures these days. Let the youngsters choose a theme or subject and take photos all summer. They can then use those photos in a scrapbook, storybook, collage online slideshow or gift for relatives or friends.
Explore your local library. Not only can you borrow books for free, you can also check out movies and download music. Plus, many libraries have story times, movies and other activities for kids and teens during the summer. Most libraries have a summer reading program in which kids can earn free books or other prizes. Barnes & Noble also has a summer reading program that awards a free book to youngsters who read eight books and fill out a journal.
Summer is a season full of fun, staying up late, taking vacations, and spending time with friends. It can also be the perfect time to volunteer and give back with some simple fundraising ideas. Whether it's your kids or yourself, everyone has a cause that means something to them. Arranging a summer party with a purpose is a wonderful way to keep everyone busy and help those in need. Summer fundraisers can be easy to organize, especially during a time of year when people have more flexible schedules
Here are some summer fundraiser ideas for you and your family to try this summer:
Have a charitable yard sale: Organize a neighborhood yard sale and donate all the proceeds to your favorite charity or community cause. Send digital invitations from The SignUp Hub with all the details.Plan a barbeque after the sale and get everyone together for some hot dogs, hamburgers, and s'mores. You can also ask a few charities to come to the sale and talk to people about their organizations. Ask people to make a personal contribution as well.
Volunteer outside: In every community, there are public areas that always need volunteers to help with the upkeep. Talk to your town or city officials and determine where and when you and other party-goers can help the community. It may be picking up trash, building a rock wall, or planting trees. Send digital invitations from The SignUp Hub with all the details. Whatever it is, spend a few hours helping out and then regroup for an outdoor party in someone's backyard. Set up an outdoor movie theater, serve popcorn, and enjoy the warm weather.
Once you've picked a summer fundraiser theme, all the pieces will fall into place and guests will be clamouring to attend. When you plan your event on The SignUp Hubhttp://www.thesignuphub.com, you can add a Donations request to your digital invitation and ask guests to contribute to the cause. This is also a great option for someone who can't attend to still participate in making a difference!
The SignUp Hub will change the way you do registrations and solicit volunteers and donations. Whether you organize events, fundraisers, and/or volunteer opportunites on a large, medium, or small scale, The SignUp Hub will streamline & simplify your communications and registrations to take your event's success to the next level.
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