Fun and Creative
Here are some easy fundraising ideas you can use in
your school. Encourage your students to invent even Pineland Public School in Ontario held a
more exciting ways to fundraise for their peers in creative fundraising fair. Students sold their
Africa. You can also ask your School Parent Association hand-made jewellery and artwork, hot chocolate
to help generate further fundraising ideas. and candy bags and set up a mini-stick hockey
net to raise funds.
Organize a soccer event for the school. The Principal
or a teacher plays goalie. For each $5 raised, students Head or Beard Shaving/Crazy Costume Event
get a chance to shoot a soccer ball at the net. It can Challenge your students to raise a certain level of
be done outdoors or in the gym and can be done money in order for you or a colleague to shave your
multiple times. head or beard or wear a crazy costume. Gather
pledges before the event. Set a date, time and location
for the head/beard shaving or costume event to take
Organize a classroom potluck or bake sale. Students
place and let all participating students know.
can ask a parent or guardian to assist in preparing a
delicious dish or dessert. Plates of food can be sold to
the rest of the school, celebrating a fusion of food that At Irwin Park Elementary in British Columbia,
reﬂects cultural diversity. students were challenged to raise funds by
their enthusiastic Principal, who allowed the
top fundraising students to shave his head in
Grade 3 students at Greater Gatineau School in return. This exciting initiative was also highly
Quebec held a class bake sale and mini bazaar, successful – raising the highest amount of
selling baked items and an array of goods at donations among elementary schools for
their school. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF in 2005!
“Rule Out” Day
Students pay with donations to break one of the
Organize a party for your class, grade or school.
school rules for the day. It could be wearing a baseball
Charge admission at the door. Optional: give away
cap in class, chewing gum or any other rule you think
prizes for the best costume.
students would love to break.
Create a haunted house in your classroom. Charge Last year at Maple Leaf School in Manitoba,
admission at the door and explain where the money is they celebrated a ‘Soup-r Day to Care’, serving
going. Create a path for guests to follow, leading them soup, crackers, milk and cake to students in
past spooky sights. Add to the scare factor by having exchange for UNICEF donations from families.
a touch-and-tell section, where guests put their hands Halloween festivities consisted of various
into covered bowls ﬁlled with spooky foods like activities and daily trivia contests, culminating
peeled grapes (they feel like eyeballs), thick cooked with an annual Halloween parade.
noodles (they feel like brains) or other scary textures!
Help Build a School –
Bricklaying Ceremony Ideas
Keep students motivated by setting a deadline for
brick collection. After the deadline, each class can
hold its own bricklaying ceremony where students
paste their bricks onto their classroom fundraising
Here are some additional ideas:
• Hold a school bricklaying assembly with a prize for
the person and the class with the highest number of
• Incorporate the bricklaying ceremony into a lesson
about life as a student in Malawi;
• Turn every 10 bricks raised into an opportunity for
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kids to do something fun as a class.
MALAWI: Children laugh as they exercise together in an
open ﬁeld during recess at Chadza Primary School in a rural
district near Lilongwe, the capital.