Schools branching out with new fundraising ideas

What’s the most unusual thing your child has sold as a school fundraiser?

I just spotted this Associated Press story on school fundraising, which includes an anecdote about a school that raised $20,000 by selling … garbage bags.

“Nobody needs candy,” the story quotes the school’s principal as saying. “But trash bagsā€”that’s something everybody needs.”

The story mentions other ways some schools are branching out to raise money. For example, some are soliciting donations online or selling items featuring digital images of kids’ artwork, it says.

What are your schools doing? Do you stick to the tried-and-true fundraisers like candy or sandwiches, or are your schools looking for new items to sell?

About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I want to know what's happening inside York County classrooms. Email me at or follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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One Response to Schools branching out with new fundraising ideas

  1. I am going to start promoting my product for school fundraisers very soon. They are iron on reflectors (IONs) that will apply to most fabrics and reflect in the lights at night. They are great for kids and adults alike and kids actually like to wear them! It’s where safety meets style!! Groups get an online store where they can refer people to purchase and they keep 34% of the proceeds. For more information email

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