Ways to raise money for a school trip

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Ways to raise money for a school trip
There are many ways to make money for a class trip. (class of 2007 image by Alexey Klementiev from Fotolia.com)

There are literally hundreds of ways to make money for a school trip. Fundraisers range from complex events, such as school carnivals, to simple ones like selling raffle tickets. They consist of so much more than selling cookie dough or candles. The following ideas represent just the tip of the iceberg and can be used as a starting point when planning any school sponsored fundraiser.

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Karaoke Fundraiser

With the continued popularity of the hit reality show "American Idol," a karaoke-related fundraiser typically generates a lot of interest. All that is required to host the event is a portable karaoke system with song library, the school gymnasium and a room full of willing singers. Consider providing refreshments and displaying several donation jars, as well. Doing so will generate even more money for the trip.

Karaoke equipment rentals are readily available. A package that includes the CD player, a monitor, speakers and music library is perfect for the occasion. When choosing a rental company, don't be afraid to ask for a discount. Some companies might even be willing to donate the equipment for the evening. Ask the local radio station to advertise the event. Selling advance tickets is also recommended.

Pancake Breakfast

Almost everyone enjoys a hearty breakfast, even at dinnertime. That's one of the main reasons that a pancake breakfast fundraiser has always been a hit. All that is required is a kitchen and dining facility of some sort, breakfast ingredients, volunteer cooks and hungry people.

Ask grocery stores to donate the food. Many will agree because of the free publicity they receive. Ask local restaurants to donate takeout containers for those who prefer breakfast on the go. Solicit several door prizes from other local businesses and hold a raffle or purchase paper placemats and sell advertising space on them. Selling 12 ads at £48 each will generate an extra £585, minus the printing costs.

Car Wash

A car wash fundraiser is one that can be arranged with minimal effort. It typically works best on a hot summer day. For this type of fundraiser, location is the key. The more traffic that passes by, the better the chances of having a successful car wash. Make colourful signs and play music to attract attention. Earn extra money by offering to vacuum car interiors or wash inside windows.

Have volunteers work in short shifts and provide plenty of beverages. You can also sell snacks to customers. This will generate more profit.

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