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Re: [teacherartexchange] Help need a new fundraiser!


From: Maggie White (mwhiteaz_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Aug 06 2006 - 10:31:31 PDT

Hi, Vickie,

Congratulations to your state for passing this law. AZ just passed a
law forbidding junk-vending machines as well as junk food in the classrooms.

Have you thought about using small, individual stools or wooden chairs
painted in a particular style, rather than just one big one? You could
probably get donations from people's garages. You could probably make
more money selling many lower-priced items than taking a chance on one
big one on e-bay. Or, how about decorating wooden picture frames? I
always say picture frames are one thing you can't have too many of. Or
making simple frames with chipboard/matboard and adding backs so they
can be used on a table? A frame store might be willing to donate their
scratched/dented/odd-sized frames, or at least mat scraps.


Joe & Vickie Magee wrote:

>Hello all,
>Our school is implementing a new policy that will not allow the sale of
>'unhealthy' foods as a fundraiser. In the past the art club has always done
>well by raising funds through a pie sale, but due to new state policy we no
>longer will be able to do this. I have come across many great ideas but run
>into obstacles when getting the kids to do the work. Our Art Club is small
>because we have a very small student body (less than 400 students K-12). In
>addition our community is small and very rural so to get younger students
>and businesses involved is like getting water from a stone. Businesses are
>constantly getting bombarded for handouts from so many other school
>organizations. I have considered creating a district calendar that would be
>entirely illustrated by students in grades K-12 but this idea has now fallen
>into the hands of the new PTO.
>Another idea I thought would be unique is purchasing a retired chaise or
>accent chair that could be primed. Assigning a theme such as "Rural
>America" and allowing each student in grades K-12 to add their artistic
>expression until the chair was completely covered. Once complete the chair
>could be fine tuned by more advance students and auctioned on eBay. Would
>it sell? I really don't know, but what would I have to lose, in additon the
>kids would really have a neat experience in collaborating the design of this
>chair by building off of one another's ideas. Does anyone have any
>thoughts, suggestions, or inspiration on some of the fundraisers your
>departments have done?
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