As with most school districts these days, my school district is having budget woes. We've had them in the past, but the outlook for next year is pretty dire. A large number of teachers and several classified staff were given layoff notices earlier in the spring. Not good.
To help offset some of the burden, each of our schools have been thinking of different types of fundraisers. During the month of May, our school participated in a Jog-a-Thon, Penny Wars, and a Community Concert and Festival. The concert/festival was held last Sunday afternoon from noon to 5:00 p.m. Nearly every staff member from our school participated by running a booth, helping to set-up or donating goods for the event. It was a HUGE success!
The event was quite an undertaking. We had a number of booths with carnival type games, activities, food, music, drama and drill team performances and a silent auction. After just four short weeks of planning the festival - something we've never had before - we raised $15,000.00!!
Kevin and I ran the 'Decorate - a - Cupcake' booth. Our Home Economics class baked the cupcakes and made the frosting, while Kevin and I provided colored sugars, sprinkles and candies in every color and form you could possibly imagine. Never having done this before, we brought a TON of supplies with us - about 20 pounds in all. To say that we over estimated would be a bit of an understatement; though it seemed like we used a lot, we still came home with about 13 pounds of candies and sugar!! However, the booth was a huge success. At the end of the day, we sold all but 5 cupcakes - not too bad at all!
We had some amazing items in the auction - including a handmade guitar from our guitar making class, a gorgeous watercolor created by a former student, a Tony Hawk signed skateboard deck and boxing gloves signed by Manny Pacquiao:
Our custodian, German, had the great idea of going up on the roof of the school to take a few ariel shots. So cool!
With all three fundraisers that we held during the month of May, our school raised $78,800.00. We're all pretty blown away by that amount - especially in such a short amount of time. While it won't save everyone's job, it definitely will help.