Do you sometimes think that your child's school is organizing a permanent fundraiser? It may seem that it does not happen a week when a form comes home to talk about something. If they are not collecting funds for school, there are always other small local or national charitable fundraisers in which they involve themselves. It's a real temptation to just sigh and groan "not to any other". We all have a busy life, juggling work, kids, homes, it seems that anything else is just another "unwelcome thing to do", a tedious task to "make disappear!"
And it's a shame. For if you step back and take five minutes to think about it, such a school fundraiser is actually a very fun activity and full of opportunities for you and your children.
What's better than a shared company. A task with a clear and final goal. An opportunity to try something new and engage in something different, be it a party at school or the Bulpman Bulb collection. What a great way to teach project skills.
Things that seem trivial and mundane may seem like exciting challenges for our children. Kids love things to do. They like to be assigned to small tasks. They like to see the results. They like to work side by side and (if I remember my own childhood), they like a little competition.
Fundraising in schools, if done correctly, can offer them a different type of learning. Or at least practical applications for the things that they learn. The simplest school project can have special significance and significance, ranging from festive poster design to calculating the cost of ingredients needed for fundraising.
The other thing that can be taught to them is of course charity. The way the world is and what we would like to do about it. It's a good thing to learn. If these things are done with tact and care, simple fundraisers can be a great way to teach children how to give, share, understand and help.
My own daughter recently came home with a small card box that she had made. The idea was that it would go into our bathroom and whenever someone would use the toilet, he should have to put a penny in the box (it costs a penny to spend a penny!). This is one of those imaginative and thought-provoking fundraising ideas for kids. It comes from the charity Wateraid. A teacher and the vicar of the locality were the instigator. It was a very simple fundraising idea with a special appeal for kids. When the boxes were returned to school after a few weeks, they were filled with small change (my daughter was watching the family's toilet visits and accusingly asking if she thought someone had forgotten her contribution ). She would also like to immediately explain the concept to the visitors of the house (just in case they need to visit).
When the boxes went back to school, the amounts raised were not very interesting – maybe £ 50 for the whole school (it's still £ 50.00 that a great work of charity had not before). This is not the only real thing, however. The charity "spend a dime" was a great little project for my daughter. She started it, installed it, ran it and saw it until the end. Not bad for a child of five! She loved building her collection box and putting the patterns on the outside (and on the rug at the same time – "oops!"). She loved counting coins as they went up. She loved the day they all had to take their boxes. As a family, we also had some conversations about poverty and the situation in developing countries that we might not have done otherwise. I liked the fact that this was due to the fact that she was asking questions to some of them very thoughtful.
This is the kind of girl I want to raise. I am really proud of her for taking up this idea and for following it enthusiastically. Far from being a drag, his fundraising at school and at charities is fun. What a joy to see someone approach these things with a really frank passion. What a lesson for us. A school fundraising lesson!