Primary School Fundraising Ideas

Updated February 21, 2017

Fundraising events for primary school can help raise money for things such as sports uniforms and equipment or to build new facilities. A successful fundraiser is achieved with the help of volunteers and by donations from parents, relatives, and teachers. With a little organisation and resourcefulness, primary schools can set up events to raise funds for a number of causes.

Cake Walk

Holding a cake walk is one of the most common ways for primary schools to raise funds. Students win cakes donated by parents by walking around a numbered square or circle while music is being played. Similar to musical chairs, when the music stops, the student who lands on a number that's called wins a cake. Funds are raised by selling tickets for each game. The number of games played would depend on the number of cakes that are donated. Parents should be informed at least a week or two in advance of the cake walk so they have time to make or buy their donated cakes. The more cakes that are donated, the more games are played and the more money will be raised.

Spelling Bee

There are two ways to raise funds by holding a spelling bee. One way is to ask students to get a list of sponsors who will pay a certain amount of money for each correct word spelt. For example, if a student gets a relative to sign up to donate 60p for each word spelt correctly and the student spells 100 words correctly, that relative will have to donate £65. The entire school can participate in this event at once and when all donations are collected, the class that raises the most funds can be awarded a prize.

Another way to raise funds through a spelling bee is to make it an event where tickets are sold to parents and relatives to watch students participate in a spelling bee. The last student standing can win a prize such as a trophy or a certificate. Several events can be held for each class, and the class who sells the most tickets to the event can be awarded a prize. One thing to keep in mind for an event such as this is to only sell as many tickets as there are seats.

Candy Count

A candy count is one of the simplest ways to raise funds for primary school. To raise funds for a candy count, a large jar is filled with any kind of candy such as jelly beans, M&M's, or Hershey's Kisses. Students pay a certain amount of money each time they guess how many pieces of candy are in the jar. The more they guess, the more money is raised. The students or teachers in charge of the candy count should have paper and a pen for students to write down their names and answers. At the end of the day or at the end of the week, the student that comes closest to the correct answer wins the candy jar and its contents. A candy count is a fundraising event that can be held every day or once a week depending on how much money needs to be raised.

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