Looking for fun ideas to fund a school trip, pay for a piece of equipment or your Linguascope subscription? Budgets are tight at the moment and many teachers feel they don’t have the support they need from their SMT. Then why not take things into your own hands? Fundraising is a great way to bring some extra cash to your departmental budget, and it really doesn’t have to be a headache. Here are some fun ideas that are guaranteed to work every time.
It’s an obvious one, but we use the idiom “sells like hot cakes” for a reason. Cakes definitely sell! Ask your students to bring some homemade cakes (possibly with a prize incentive for the best decorated one) and set up a stand at breaktime – in the playground or the staffroom. Ideally, you should choose a festive time of the year or the end of a term as you are likely to sell more then.
Charity Car Wash
Again, not a very novel idea, but there is no shortage of cars to clean in the staff car park. Advertise the car wash in the school newsletter and invite parents to bring their car too!
Foreign Film Night
Kill two birds with one stone: Instil some culture and raise some money! Simply get your hands on a projector and have a movie night with a subtitled film. Fundraise via entry donations and/or selling movie snacks (popcorn, sweets and drinks).
Grow your own
Buy a packet of seeds, plant them and let them grow. Then sell the plants to staff and parents. It’s a fun, purposeful fundraising activity and the whole class can join in.
A book sale is not only a great way to raise money, but it also has the advantage of encouraging reading. Ask students and parents to donate books they have already read and sell them. Any books that aren’t sold could then be used in the school library.
Guess the amount
Fill a glass jar full of sweets and get students (and teachers!) to guess the amount or weight. Each participant gives a small donation and the one with the closest guess wins the content.
Sell language resources
If you’re a Linguascope subscriber, you are entitled to a 50% discount on ALL product orders from the Linguascope catalogue (log in to the Staffroom section of the website to find your exclusive discount code). Why not buy some resources and resell them to your students at the standard price? Products such as verb wheels or vocabulary books are extremely popular with students and they are affordable. You could also consider the Linguascope mouse mats, pencils, or the C’est comique ! graphic novel as part of your fundraising arsenal.