Teaching children about charity can be highly rewarding. Learning about giving to those less fortunate gives children a feeling of empowerment and makes them more aware of the world around them. A great way to encourage giving is to get your school involved with some charity fundraising events. They can be a lot of fun and they’re a great learning experience too. Have a look at some of these creative school fundraising ideas and see if they could work in your school.
1) Hold a Charity Art Exhibition
Showcase your pupils’ best artistic works by holding a charity art exhibition. Take submissions from every pupil to display in the school hall and charge parents and family members an entry fee. You don’t have to limit the artwork to just paintings, take creative writing samples from your pupils too and get them to perform some readings.
Another idea to throw into your art exhibition might be the addition of a mass colouring wall. Make a large board and cover it with some sort of themed background (e.g. an underwater scene) and provide children with colouring samples that can be coloured-in and stuck onto the scene board to make up a giant mural of collected artwork. Parents and children can colour-in together and donate 50p for each picture.
Another fundraising spin on the exhibition might be to charge for voting slips, so parents can vote on their favourite works (in a number of different categories) and the winner will receive a special reward.
2) Go Without
Getting children to empathise with those who are less fortunate can be difficult, but what could really bring it home for them is to give them a similar experience and make them go without something for charity. Make sponsorship forms and get your class to give up something they would really miss for a whole week, like TV, sweets and mobile phones.
Get them to reflect on the experience in a video diary and edit them all together into a film which can be distributed to parents to encourage even more giving. When the week is over, collect cans to donate to your local food bank and I’m sure the experience of going without will get the kids to be extra generous in their donations.
3) Get Baking
Bake Sales are a staple fundraising activity that anyone can get involved with, no matter how young. You can get your whole class baking cakes and biscuits in lessons or you could ask parents to bake with their child at home for a wider variety of cakes.
Bake sales are good because they bring in a lot of money; it is almost impossible to resist a delicious treat for just 50p, so make sure that the bake sale is well-publicised with posters around the school.
A Bake Sale works well as a class activity. Not only is there the baking, you could get different pupils to design the posters, decorate the stall and organise a mini tombola to go with it.
4) Nature Spotting
Raising money for environmental charities is a brilliant opportunity for your pupils to learn a bit more about nature. In the school garden or your local conservation area, get some string and mark a 1m2 area on the ground for each pupil.
Next give them all a sponsorship form and get them to charge a donation to their friends and family for every different species of plant, insect and animal they identify in the space. Birds that fly over the square also count towards the funds. You could tie in this activity with a bit of gardening as well and get your pupils to plant a garden to encourage more local wildlife to the area.
5) Charity Sports Day
Organising a charity sports tournament is a great way to raise money and bring attention to your school. Charge spectators an entry fee and have all the players sponsored by their friends and family for taking part. Children who aren’t playing the games can be in charge of refreshment stalls and tombola games.
However, the tournament doesn’t have to exclusively concentrate on real sports; you could also have some silly games like sack races and egg and spoon races to get more of your class involved. Alternatively, you could, as a class, walk or run or swim a great distance by breaking it into chunks and sponsoring each child to walk, run or swim a set distance.
What other creative fundraising activities have you tried in your school? Share in the comments below.
Louise Blake is writer from Bath where she lives with her husband and young son, she writes about educational issues and pupil rewards for Carrot Rewards.