You are currently making sure that you bought enough glue sticks and composition books to last the entire school year while your daughter is worrying whether or not she will get the Disney backpack she wants. Counting glue sticks is a sure sign that one thing is on the horizon—back to school! With the back to school season comes exciting new teachers, a wealth of new knowledge for your little one, and fundraising. While some children love the process of fundraising and the fun rewards that come with it, others need a little more encouragement. Here are a variety of tips to put the fun back in fundraising.
Start With the Basics
Just like you are trained before you start a new task at your job, your child needs a little help getting to know what exactly he will be doing. If they were given a catalog to sell from, take some time to go over what is in the catalog so that he can answer any questions that prospective customers have. When do customers have to pay? When will the product be delivered? To make fundraising fun, have your child practice their sales pitch to you.
Form a Team
This is an especially valuable tip if your child has a best friend in the neighborhood or on the same school bus. Suggest that your child team up with one of their friends to make sales together and have a friendly competition. This is especially effective if your child enjoys team sports and is encouraged by someone else participating in the same activity. Not only will your child get to spend time with their friend, you will get to split carpool duty with another set of parents—a real way to make fundraising fun!
Don’t Do It All Yourself
It can be very tempting to place a large order yourself to help bump your child’s sales or force them to automatically meet the minimum required amount. However, your child will be missing out on fundraising fun, valuable confidence gained, and important business skills they will need to pull upon in the future. It is not your job to fundraise for your child, and you shouldn’t feel pressured to. That being said, don’t be afraid to do an initial ask to relatives, co-workers, or family friends to see if they would like to purchase the product. If they say yes, steer your child in their direction and watch them make the sale.
Challenge 4 Kids Can Help Your Kids Achieve Fundraising Success!
Challenge 4 Kids is a dynamic program aiming to support the schools that provide the educational foundation every child needs today and shape young people into the leaders and movers-and-shakers of tomorrow. We utilize L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Effective Communications, Attitude, and Development of People Skills) principles to help your kids grow as individuals and fundraise for your school. To learn more about how we can help your school and your child achieve fundraising success, contact us online or give us a call at (443) 429-4356. To get more fun ideas for your family and fundraising, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, and Pinterest!
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