The run up to Christmas is a great opportunity for schools to do some fundraising activities to boost the provision piggy bank! In this blog, we bring you some ideas – but feel free to add your own in the comments section at the bottom!
1 Christmas Disco
Simple to organise and fun for everyone – charge a pound or two to get in and you can easily raise some Christmas cash for your school. If the provision doesn’t have their own speakers and lights, put a shout-out in the school newsletter and see if a parent or member of the local community can help you out. Your local “Disco Dave” might even volunteer his time and equipment – you never know! Or if your school runs regular discos, it could be well worth investing in some equipment of your own – it doesn’t have to be new – there are plenty of second-hand places you can try (Facebook Marketplace, Ebay, Gumtree etc). If you have parents or staff who are willing to help out with some face painting, glitter tattoos or cake making, you could raise a bit of extra cash by offering these for an additional charge.
2 Christmas Shop
This is something my sons’s school does and I think it’s a wonderful idea! The children are invited to bring in a small item each from home – perhaps from the “re-gift” pile from a previous Christmas or Birthday – these items stock the shop. Items can also be donated by local businesses or made during craft sessions. The children are then invited to visit the Christmas Shop where they can buy any item for a pound, and choose some wrapping paper, ribbon etc. They then wrap and label the gift to take home and put under the tree for a parent or sibling.
3 Christmas Quiz
Use the school hall to host a Christmas (pub-style) Quiz. Invite parents and members of the local community – charge a few quid to enter and run a small bar on the night to raise extra cash. You could invite people to bring a plate of buffet-style food to share, or you could provide nibbles, depending on how much effort the organisers wish to put in!
4 Christmas Craft Fair
All you need to do for this one is make the school hall available on a weekend day and advertise for local businesses or crafty folk to come and hire a table for the day to sell their wares. You can charge about £10 for a table for the day – you’d only need to get 20 stalls and you have £200 extra for the school! Add a kiosk selling drinks and snacks and you can raise even more money for the school. Perhaps the head might even be prepared to dress up as Santa and offer a “grotto” experience!?
5 Mince Pie and Movie Night
Use the school hall to host a Christmas Movie night! Put on a classic Christmas movie, fill the room with fairy lights, bean bags/cushions etc (or invite people to bring their own!) – charge a couple of quid to get in and include a mince pie and cup of warm apple juice and voila! You have a fun, festive evening planned. Make or bring popcorn and sell it for £1 a cup/box or open up a tuck-shop for the evening to make a few extra pounds.
6 Christmas Auction/Raffle
If local businesses and parents are prepared to donate some goods and services, hold a Christmas Auction/Raffle to raise some extra funds. This could be added onto one of the other events already listed, or it could be done as a stand-alone event. Why not try approaching local businesses such as the hairdresser for a voucher for a kids hair cut, or the local beauty salon for a 30 min massage or a hotel/restaurant for a meal/night away voucher as well as offering physical items to give away?
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