You may have already seen our article on money saving tips on your school trip. Well, if you want to reduce the cost to pupils even further, why not get them involved in some fundraising?
As well as reducing the cost of the trip to them, it will also be a great opportunity for them to take a little more responsibility, gain more confidence and independence, and become more invested in the trip.
Here are just a few ideas you could try:
Who doesn’t love cake?! Here at Halsbury, one of our favourite fundraising activities is the humble bake sale. Challenge your pupils to bake the cakes themselves and watch them sell like…well, hot cakes!
The beauty of this activity is that you can run several bake sales in the run up to your trip – we’re sure you won’t find any shortage of supporters.
You could also include some savoury snacks – for those who have less of a sweet tooth, or simply need something to balance out all the cakes they’ve enjoyed.
Another classic, everyone loves a good raffle. You could ask local businesses to donate items, to keep costs right down and ensure you make the maximum profit.
These are springing up everywhere, granted, but that’s because people are willing to pay money to have their car washed.
You could charge around £5 per car and hold it in the school’s car park, if there’s room.
Invite parents, put up signs around the community and this is certain to be a real money-spinner for your trip.
Car boot sale
Car boot sales are the ultimate in recycling goals. You can take your old stuff that you would otherwise just throw away and sell it to someone else who’ll actually be able to use it.
And with the current trend for upcycling, car boot sales are becoming more fashionable again.
You can charge people to pitch up, and even charge a small entrance fee to buyers.
And again, if you can get permission to use the school car park, this could be turned into a regular event.
Not a particularly exciting fundraising activity, we grant you, but the bag pack can be a lucrative one.
So, head on down to the local supermarket with your pupils and get raising some money!
Now, this is a more exciting prospect, right? Talent shows are brilliant for fundraising and can also be used to raise the school’s profile in the community, with coverage by the local press.
Don’t be fooled though, they can be hard work. But that makes the pay off that much more satisfying, right?
A non-uniform day with every pupil contributing £1-2 to wear mufti can raise a decent amount in just one day, depending, of course, on the size of your school. And it always goes down well with the pupils!
Another option that’s bound to be a hit with the pupils is a school disco!
Again, this is an activity that’s going to require more organisation, but you have a team of keen helpers standing by to assist you.
Collect small change
Every penny counts. And how often does small change just get discarded because it’s awkward?
Why not set up jars or other containers around the school (such as the staffroom, canteen and reception), where you can collect people’s small change?
Minimal effort, but you could raise a good amount of money!
You could appeal to the school community, and further afield, with a crowdfunding appeal. To encourage people to donate larger amounts, you can offer a few rewards, such as a thank you on the school’s social media, some artwork or other craftwork that students have made themselves, or free entry to an upcoming school event.
Tell us what worked for you!
We hope this has helped to inspire you. If you have any other tried and tested fundraising ideas, we’d love to hear them!