I've made ceramic bowls with my art club each year and had a pottery sale during the holidays.
You could check on the Empty Bowl project and see how they do this and have a soup dinner
and those attending buy their bowls for their soup, then keep the bowl.
Maybe someone has an old car to donate for students to paint and auction.
>From: Joe & Vickie Magee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Sent: Aug 5, 2006 6:01 PM
>To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group <email@example.com>
>Subject: [teacherartexchange] Help need a new fundraiser!
>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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