Pajama Day Fundraiser

Students pay $.50 to $1.00 on a designated day and get to wear their pajamas to school.  It’s a very easy fundraising idea.  All you need is someone to go the classrooms and collect the money.  Everyone at our school likes it so much that even the teachers participate! Consider having a contest for the ugliest, weirdest, etc. pajamas.  More:  Wearing pajamas to school and eating jellybeans for lunch aren’t typical occurrences at Memorial Elementary School, in Riverview, Michigan. However, both happened on a recent Friday when students, teachers, support staff and principal, donned their sleepy-time garb and nurtured their sweet-tooth cravings for a good cause. In an event dubbed “Three J PJ Jellybean Day,” students wore their “jammies,” ate small packages of jellybeans and broke their piggy banks to aid earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.

The principal, decked out in a fuzzy robe and slippers, pushed a large jar on a cart into classrooms, where students dumped envelopes and bags full of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, along with a few paper bills, into the clear container. As the level of loot increased in the jar, so did the excitement. Parent volunteers helped count the cash collected in 18 classrooms, took the coins to a bank and returned with $1,296.   Sources: Anna T, Cypress Elementary (Kissimmee, Florida), Jim K, Riverview, MI

The Sunshine School in Pawling, New York, held a pajama day fundraiser to help raise money for a 3 year old boy who lives in the community of Pawling.  THe had a very rare form of aggressive cancer. The fundraiser was to help raise money to ease some of his medical expenses.  Participants put $3.00 in an envelope marked Pajama Day Donation and gave it to their child’s cubby room teacher.  On the specified day, the children attended school in their PJ’s. The money was picked up at the end of the 2 day fundraiser and delivered to the student’s family.

Rapid City, South Dakota middle school students raised $500 for a family that became homeless after a fire damaged their home. Their guideline letter is shown below.

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Students and Staff:
Recently, one of our 6th Grade students, xxxxxxxxxx, and her family became homeless after a fire damaged their home.  The Student Council would like your help in raising money for this family to help with the cost of them having to leave their home.Student Council will be sponsoring Wednesday Pajama Days on March 25 and April 1.  On this day, you will pay $1.00 to your 1st Period teacher and you will be allowed to wear your pajamas for the day.  100% of the proceeds will go to benefit the family.  Wristbands have been purchased to identify those we can wear their PJ’s for the day. Here are some rules from the student council:

  • All pajamas must be in good taste and NOT expose any skin that is not from your knees to your feet or your shoulders to your hands. COVER UP!
  • Any pajama shorts must at least be to the end of your fingertips in length with a preference for them as long as the top of your kneecap.
  • If you wear pajamas and do not pay $1, you will be asked to change.
  • You must wear proper footwear for safety reasons….
  • Remember that this is for a good cause, so DO THE RIGHT THING!!


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.