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Tired of the same old PTA Fundraisers? Give these a try!

by Winita Frederick

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6. Keep it Practical

As Christy Forhan explains on PTO Today, single product sales are the best way to raise money quickly: “Groups can and do make a lot of money selling popular products like wrapping paper, candy, cookie dough, and many others.” Find out what products work well within your school community. If sugary snacks are a no-no for parents in your PTA/O, then practical product fundraising will be a better option than a bake sale.
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7. Have a Penny War

This is a super old school but super fun activity. Two or more groups (like boys vs girls or 1st grade vs 2nd grade) will have a bucket for collecting coins and dollar bills. The value of pennies collected counts positively toward a group’s point balance, while the value of other coins and bills is subtracted. Kids have a ton of fun with this competition and it’s a sure way to raise funds, regardless of who wins.
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8. Host a Fun Run

A great and healthy way to raise funds is to hold a fun run. Not only do they promote health. Since they’re usually a schoolwide event, fun runs build school spirit and boost extracurricular participation, too. Organizing a fun run is a big undertaking. If it’s your PTA/O’s first time holding one, collaborate with an organization like Apex Fun Run, who specialize in organizing these events with the help of pro and collegiate athletes.
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Start the school year off right. Schools need up-to-date technology and supplies to provide the best quality education for our kids. At your next PTA/O meeting, explore options that fit your school’s needs and give them a try.

Winita is a staff writer at Scooterbay Publishing Inc. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and worked as a library assistant and elementary school tutor throughout college. When she's not writing, she enjoys outdoor exercise, reading at the library, and spending time with family and friends.

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