Let's examine how you might help an elementary school to raise funds:
A typical elementary school has between 200 and 500 students. Most of those children enjoy a good picture book like my book, The Monster on Top of the Bed, and they are excited about sharing the book with other people. If asked, children will happily spend five minutes telling an adult or another child why they like the book. Assume that one of your neighbor's children came to your door, and hands you a form to chocolate and a book. The child says, "My school is raising money to remodel the nurse's office. Would you like to buy a some chocolate or a book.?" How do you react?
You're familiar with chocolate, but not with the book. The front cover is interesting, and you turn over to the back cover. There's a picture of the school nurse, and something like this:
This book also has some special features:
- You can go the the website, http://www.monbed.com/, click on the listen tab and do a free download 98.mp3 files that feature six different readers, who read the story in English, Spanish and Italian. This encourages literacy.
- Children are encouraged to draw their own illustrations for the book and to give them to their teachers. Our teachers will scan the pictures into a special e-book version. Children who submit a picture will receive a free copy of the e-book that reads the story while displaying pictures. This encourages drawing, and builds self esteem.
- You get a free chocolate bar with each book.
Let's look at the math:
- Assume that 200 children sell 3 copies each and that their parents also sell 3 copies each. That's 1,200 copies.
- Assume that the book and the popcorn together cost $11.
- Assume that the book sells for $20.
- $20 - $11 = $9 profit from selling a book and chocolate bar.
- 1,200 x $9 = $10,800 raised, doing something that's fun.
Also, it's possible to work with the publisher to set up a special web page where people from around the world can buy the book. This means you can send an e-mail out to different people and raise money for the school, or you could distribute press releases, and get orders from people whom you've never met.
Finally, it's possible to sell popcorn, chocolate bars, cookies, or hard candies to those who don't buy the book and make money from that too.
In other words, you can raise a lot of money, using a product that excites children, and helps them to prosper. For more information visit; http://fundraising.max-opp.com/
What's your child's school in need of? Leave me a comment and you could win a Fund Raiser Starter Kit which includes:
- 10 booklet-size copies of The Monster on Top of the Bed
- 1 CD/booklet combination
- 1 digital multi-media version that lets teachers upload children's artwork into it
- Suggestions on how children can use these samples to take orders for the book and how the school can raise money.