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Putting the "Fun" in "Fundraising" - Schools Get Creative with Events

posted Oct 22, 2012, 7:23 AM by Cara Koen   [ updated Oct 22, 2012, 8:05 AM ]
It's no secret that finances can be a challenge for Catholic schools.  Even with the generous gift that each parish gives by supporting our schools, there is always a need for more funding.  Several of our Federation schools have recently held successful school fundraisers that have the added (or even more important) benefit of bringing the school community together for some FUN!

Some examples of fun and successful fundraising include:
  • Tapping into the generosity of local restaurants who will often designate a portion of sales on a particular evening to a school. For example, St. Angela Merici School had a great time at McTeacher Night (at McDonalds).  According to Mrs. Kaufmann, school principal, this is a great social event of the month.  The school raised over $700 at their September McTeacher night.  The student love to see the teachers.  It is a great place where parents and teachers simply enjoy each other's company.
  • Walk-a-Thons are also popular events that engage the students in a fun activity while raising funds for the school.  St. Angela Merici held their 7th Annual Walk-a-thon on Saturday, September 29. Many students earned the right to be on the school's Walk-a-thon Hall of Fame by walking 50 or mope laps around the field.  St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School held it's 2nd Annual Walk-a-Thon for students during ITBS testing week September 17-21.  Students had a chance to get some fresh air and exercise by walking laps on the school field during gym classes and recess periods that week.  Together as a school they walked over 1,400 miles and raised $2,500 for the purpose of renovating the restrooms in the school's main lobby.
Many more creative fundraisers are held regularly at each of the eight Federation elementary schools.  Look for more examples in future newsletters.