Get your Head in the game!
Getting your headteacher actively involved in your
fundraising efforts demonstrates how valuable your PTA is and can
really help boost support. Be inspired by these great success
stories from our PTA+ community!
I'm a teacher, get me out of here!
'In order to raise much-needed funds to support
the school's work with a speech, language and communication
specialist, our fun-loving head came up with the idea to hold an
I'm a Celebrity-inspired event, where she competed against
staff members to complete messy challenges!
I organised the event together with my husband. We coordinated a
team of parents who held some 'top secret' meetings to devise
the challenges, taking charge of one each. As the trials were to be
kept secret from the teaching staff, we had to set up the whole
thing without their involvement. The admin team, who wouldn't be
taking part, helped us sign off key ideas - funnily enough they
seemed very happy to do this!
We realised that there had to be a focus on "yucky" rather than
"scary", as our children are age four to eight, so we had to be
careful that they wouldn't find any of it too upsetting! We tried
to think of things that were tricky yet entertaining. The
equipment, which included tinned beans, Tupperware, old clothes,
water balloons and manure, was all donated.
In the end, our trials included messy dressing up in jelly
wellies and custard-filled hats, shaving foam-filled balloons,
fishing shapes out of porridge with your mouth and a water
balloon-bursting challenge. The worst was the blindfold taste
challenge involving stinky cheese and sardines! It all finished
with a 'Gangnam Style' tiebreak dance-off, and the teachers were
crowned the winners.
We used ParentMail and the school newsletter to get the message
out, as well as using the parents' Facebook network. Our class reps
were able to rally support directly. We gathered donations through
an online page, which also meant my husband's company would
match-fund the first £500 of donations.
It was a lot of work, but turned out to be the most gunky,
gungy, stinky, family-friendly fun, and the children loved every
minute. We raised a grand total of £3,724.69!'
Michele Pattison, Press Liaison Officer, The Heights
Primary School, Caversham, Reading (223 pupils)
Create a tradition
'With just under 100 pupils, our school has a small, but
perfectly formed, community. At the helm is Mr Ben Tucker, who is
fully supportive of the Friends of Wraxall School Association and
willing to do just about anything for fundraising.
It quickly became a tradition that some activity involving Mr
Tucker caps the annual summer fayre. One year, he was in the stocks
being sponged by students. His good humour and students' poor aim
meant a lot of repeat custom! Another year, Mr Tucker grew out his
beard, and we held a raffle, with the winning student getting to
choose the style of his new beard. "Wolverine" was the winner, and
Mr Tucker duly allowed himself to be groomed into a Hugh Jackman
lookalike. The short activity raised over £120, which is amazing
for our little school, especially as there was almost no outlay or
effort! This was ideal, as there are so many other things to
organise for the fayre.
Apart from activities at the fayre, Mr Tucker has led the
teachers in joint "Wacky Races", with he and the teachers having to
put on articles of clothing and even makeup as they race along the
school field. He's also taken part in the Ice Bucket Challenge and
music videos. Every activity we do with him varies in type and
effectiveness, but even the less financially successful ones are
valuable because they demonstrate his commitment to the fundraising
that we do and lead the way for others to get involved.'
Jessica Vallentine, Friends of Wraxall School
Association, Wraxall, North Somerset (99 pupils)
A cut above the rest!
'As we have both infant and junior schools, we have two
headteachers to show their dedication! They did this publicly by
getting involved in our Amigo's Fundraising Magic Show (amigosmagic.co.uk). We held two shows in one
evening, one for each school, with a spectacular Headteacher trick
at each. We warned them ahead of time so they knew what they were
letting themselves in for, although they feigned horror during the
show! The Head of Juniors was sawn in half, to much shrieking and
gasping from the audience. The Head of Infants had a hole drilled
through her and a tube passed through her stomach, through which
water was poured!
Simon (AKA Amigo) is really fun, loud and gets the children
involved. He made the planning simple by providing us with lots of
resources and guidelines to promote the event, so all we had to do
was sell tickets beforehand. Our capacity was 200 for each show,
and we had two sellouts on our hands. Both lasted an hour, and
Simon adapted his content perfectly to suit the different
audiences. Ticket prices were £5 for children and £7 for adults,
and we also offered a £20 family ticket. It was a fantastic evening
with lots of laughter and the children were absolutely capivated -
the adults loved it too! For very little time or effort we made
over £1,000 profit, and we will definitely be holding this event
Liz Gray, former Joint PTA Chair, Trafalgar Infant and
Junior Schools, Twickenham, Richmond-Upon-Thames (618
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