I love working on fundraisers for our school. This year we will have three – a Rummage Sale, a Scholastic Book Fair and a Benefit Dinner. Each fundraiser offers many opportunities for parents and staff to work together for a common cause.
This past weekend, we had our annual rummage sale in the gym. Parents collected and donated rummage, put up flyers, posted info about the sale on electronic bulletin boards and their facebook pages, spent hours setting up tables, and sorting, folding and displaying clothing and other donated items, and more hours the next day working at the checkout, taking money, carrying large items out to cars, and finally clearing up the gym after the sale by bagging and boxing leftover items and loading them on to the Salvation Army truck. Volunteers then folded and put away tables, and swept the gym. Other volunteers baked cookies, muffins, biscotti and bread for our bake sale, or made home-made jam, pickles and chutney to sell. Parents also shopped at the sale, too.
While the purpose of a fundraiser is to raise funds (duh!), I also truly believe that putting sweat equity into the school helps build community.
My husband asked, “How much will you get from selling all of that zucchini bread you baked?”
“Maybe thirty dollars,” I answered.
“Wouldn’t it be easier to just donate thirty dollars?”
“Yes, but it wouldn’t be the same as giving of my time and energy,” I answered.
I hope the other volunteers feel a similar pride in raising two thousand dollars from our combined efforts.
I also noticed new friendships being forged as parents worked together.
This year, as an added bonus, forty-two unexpected students from WSU turned up to help with the sale. That was a lot of young energy to help us out. One of our parents who is a professor at WSU said that she felt so proud of the students . . . that they would stay late on a Friday evening, and show up early on a Saturday morning, to help out the community. Many thanks, WSU students, for being awesome community volunteers!
Now I can’t wait to get working on the Book Fair!