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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Can we get some 'fun' in school fundraisers?



Piggybank With all the state and local cuts slicing into the school budgets, I'm sure there is going to be a frenzy of fundraising this year. I can already see that look in the eyes of my childless co-workers', like jittery squirrels ready to leap into the stairwell if they see me coming with a packet of expensive gift wrap to sell them. Don't worry, guys, I'm not going to do that to you. But would you like to see the P.E. coach kiss a pig? I'm sure the grinchiest office mate would pay a buck for that.

The recent issue of Scholastic's Parent & Child magazine has a nice collection of innovative twists on the traditional fundraiser. Most of them are short on overhead and long on fun, from throwing a huge garage sale to taking the annual auction online. Maybe it's my own snarky self, but I like the ones where the principal lets the kids duct tape him to the wall or, this one from a California principal:

Kiss a Pig

You’ll generate endless hilarity — and a good bit of cash — with this money-making idea. Oswalt Academy in Walnut, CA, hosted a Kiss the Pig fundraiser in which students and community members voted for which teachers, one per grade level, would have to wear a pig nose and kiss a 90-pound pig during an all-school assembly. Each vote cost one dollar, and the teacher with the most votes . . . won?

-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:03am]


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