This fundraising idea is great for schools with dress codes or strict clothing rules. Its like a big dress down day. First set a list of things that you and your committee/group is going to sell. Such as $1.00 to wear normal t-shirts, $1.00 to wear any kind of hair style, $1.00 to wear sneakers, $1.00 to drink pop/water/liquid in class, or $5.00 for all grub pass, things like that. Its better if you sell things that the kids aren’t usually allowed to do. Set a date. Sending flyers home to the parents, or just placing them on bulletin boards in homerooms will make it so everyone is aware of the cost, what date and etc.
Make sure to get name tag like stickers for the day of the event to clarify to the teachers who has paid for what. On “Grub Day” set up a table where the doors are to collect the money from the students, and hand out personalized name tags with the exact thing that the student paid for. We made sure that everyone understood that if they lost their sticker (nametags) that they got a dress code violation for the teachers to handle and punish.
Depending on the size of the school, you can raise tons of money if the fundraising event is planned well. My school raised $400, which we sent as a Christmas present to a non-profit charity that takes care of families and communities in other countries. “Grub Day” has now become a semi-annual event in which the Middle school Student Council plans and volunteers in to help the whole school do something for a charity. Source: Alissa, Christian Academy of Western New York (Lockport, New York)
Alternative: A slight twist for this for kids who go to schools that wear uniforms … let the kids wear their favorite normal clothes on a specified day for a fee … ie, ‘Plain Clothes Day’. (Source, Waverly Primary School, Waverly, NSW)
We have included a number of do-it-yourself fundraising ideas in this section that offer a break from traditional product sales. They were developed by groups just like yours in an attempt have a little fun with their fundraiser. Some of them are tried and true while others show a lot of creativity … and even wackiness in some cases. All of them are obviously not appropriate for every group, but sometimes, with only a little modification, your might find some fund raising ideas that are perfect for your group. If you have an idea for a do-it-yourself fund raiser you are willing to share with others, please send it to us via email. Include anything and everything you would want to know if you were hearing the idea for the first time.