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by Jennifer Cummings, M.Ed.

Five Important Fund Raising Success and Safety Tips

School fundraisers are a part of the cycle of every academic year. Sports teams, music programs, and community groups are all usually in need of these hard-earned dollars to make their programs work. While lending a helping hand is vital to the existence to many of these groups, before you send your child out to do their part, be sure to review these five vital success and safety tips to make your part in the fund raising drive a success:

1. Always have a parent in attendance. All elementary, but even middle and high schools students should be supervised during fund raising activities. Having an adult around to supervise money transactions and be aware for any difficulties helps to minimize problems before they begin.

2. Pre-teach students the proper way to address potential customers. Many students are not experienced with customer relations, and teaching them polite forms of address goes a long way with promoting the success of your money-making venture.

3. Set goals for individuals and the group. Every child may not have the same opportunity to participate in the fundraising activities, depending on their family situation, personal schedule, or other obligations. By having individualized personal goals and an overall group goal, everyone can work to their highest individual potential to the benefit of their organization.

4. Have students work only during daylight hours. People are often hesitant to answer unexpected knocks on the door at night or stop and chat in a darkened storefront. By having students work on their fundraising activities during the day, they are more likely to make a positive contact that leads to a donation.

5. Teach basic personal safety skills to all students. Before allowing students to participate in any fundraising where they will potentially have contact with people they do not know, be sure they are aware of their personal boundaries and how to keep themselves safe in different circumstances. While having parents in attendance and staying close to home should be mandatory for all participants, some basic safety training should also be part of the learning experience.

With tight budgets and difficult economic times, most schools and programs rely on some type of fundraising activities throughout the year. Remember, it’s important for your child to do the majority of the work- it teaches valuable lessons in personal responsibility and volunteering time. Also, by following a few simple rules, you’ll all be well on your way to greater fundraising safety and success! Good luck!

 

Jennifer Cummings

Ms. Cummings, author, and editor of the Education and School Section, she has a B.A.in psychology and an M.Ed. in special education from Framingham State College in Massachusetts. She was an elementary teacher in Massachusetts serving both regular education and special education students. She has taught grades 1,4, and 5.

"I believe that families' involvement in their child's education is one of the key ingredients to creating a successful school experience for children. Keeping parents informed about school-related issues helps parents and teachers work together for the best possible outcomes for their children. Learning together makes learning fun - for everyone!" - Jennifer Cummings.
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