September's winning entry comes from Kate Hagen from Horn Elementary in Iowa City, IA! Her winning entry nets her a $100 West Music Gift Certificate! Keep the great ideas coming and send them along for next month's drawing!
From Kate Hagen, in her own words,
At Horn Elementary we needed to replace a bass xylophone and also purchase a new soprano xylophone. So I came up with the idea to do a change drive. Students brought in spare change on the first Friday of the month and were able to wear a hat all day.
At our first all school assembly we shared our goal with the students and pumped them up about getting new instruments. To help motivate students, the total amount raised was announced at the end of the day and the class that brought in the most money rewarded with a sucker.
To motivate and inform parents I sent home the Every Penny Counts flyer, explaining what we were trying to accomplish with the coin drive. As additional motivation, I included the cost of a large specialty coffee at several different restaurants in our area and asked parents to consider giving up their morning coffee for one day and donate that money to the coin drive instead.
To keep track of our progress I made a large xylophone and posted it in the front of the school. Initially all of the bars were black as we raised money the blackened bars were replaced with colored ones revealing the amount raised. We added a bar for every $175 raised, with the ultimate goal of raising $2600.
The first month we raised over $600. By the end of the school year we had raised $2476. My principal funded the remaining amount. I believe this fundraiser was successful because every child was able to participate regardless of his or her socio-economic situation. Every penny counted and it did not matter how much they brought in, just that they participated.