School year goals
As a teacher, coach or mentor, at this point in the year, you probably feel like you’ve reached the final few miles of another marathon school year. Report cards to prepare, a classroom to pack and end-of-year school events are occupying your time. It is always a busy month, but the end of the school year is right around the corner! You’re nearly there!
Reflecting on the past year, you may daydream about what you’d like for your classroom or team next year. What would make it even better for your students?
A French Club trip to Canada? Better quality audio and lighting equipment for the Drama Club? New uniforms for the soccer team? The opportunity for your students to experience a regional or national tournament?
These “extras” don’t often get money allocated from a public school district. They happen due to corporate sponsorship money and ambitious fundraising campaigns.
Next year planning
A little planning now (yes, in June) can pave the way for a successful fundraiser in the next school year. Here are some steps:
- Discuss you idea with students or colleagues you’d be collaborating with to get their support.
- Gather information on what costs may be involved. Start a spreadsheet! Set a monetary goal!
- Share your fundraising plan with your school principal or administrator to gain approval and have any questions answered. The principal will be super busy at the start of the school year, so better to approach him or her for the green light at end of the school year or during summer.
- A note about graduating seniors: encourage them to keep in touch and get their personal email address so you can keep them aware of future fundraising campaigns. They understand what it takes for your program to run and may be donors for years to come.
- Set up your fundraising page on EdCo. This takes less than 5 minutes to do. And you have the summer to add photos, videos and updates to it so you can share the link with team mates and potential donors before launching it from scratch come September. With EdCo, your campaign won’t expire or disappear, so why not start early?
It’s not too early to put your fundraising plan into motion so there is some momentum underway once school re-opens. You’ll be glad you did.