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Let Students Drive The Fundraising Car

If you’ve ever led a fundraising project, whether, that be a candy bar fundraiser, or a Yankee candle fundraiser, you know all about the ins and outs of successfully raising money. Often times, this process becomes frustrating and student involvement decreases.

What happens then? Usually, you, the teachers are left doing all the hard lifting and organizing. Between prepping, teaching, coaching, and grading, having to organize a fundraiser (candy bars, candles, etc) can mean lots more added stress.

 

What are some ways to keep student involvement consistent?
How can teachers help students take ownership of the fundraiser?

Getting
Students Onboard

There’s that saying about trapping flies with honey instead of vinegar and it’s so true when it comes to education. Schools might not be the number one place kids want to be, but so many good teachers make learning fun and interesting.

At ColDesi, we want to support and empower teachers like you by providing you with easy-to-use machines that can help you continue to do what you do best: INSPIRE KIDS.

Getting
Students Onboard

There’s that saying about trapping flies with honey instead of vinegar and it’s so true when it comes to education. Schools might not be the number one place kids want to be, but so many good teachers make learning fun and interesting.

At ColDesi, we want to support and empower teachers like you by providing you with easy-to-use machines that can help you continue to do what you do best: INSPIRE KIDS.

More Healthy Than a Candy Bar Fundraiser

We’ve all had that job where we’re not quite interested in it, but we’re doing it for the money or the resume booster.

What needs to happen in order for someone to say “Wow! I love my job and I want to do more!”?

For one, before all the talks about compensation and benefits, you have to believe in the product that you’re selling. It’s hard to convince someone else to buy something if you don’t really believe in it either.

ColDesi makes it easy for students to create products that they believe in. Our DTG Direct to Garment printer allows students to directly print their designs onto a T-shirt. This is fantastic for any aspiring artist at school to not only participate in the fundraiser but showcase his/her artwork.  And, it’s a lot more fund than running a candy bar fundraiser.

This student and her friends would have that extra piece of motivation to help get the word out, if not for the donations, then for the exposure. Plus, what kid wouldn’t love to have hundreds of people running around town wearing a T-Shirt with his/her design on it?

 

The DigitalHeat FX printer

ColDesi provides schools with the tools and machines to create fundraiser products that tell a story. Our products are easy to use, which means the learning curve for middle or high school students won’t be very steep.

Take, for example, our DigitalHeat FX printer. Students can print out any design or logo they’ve designed onto heat transfer paper. From there, simply apply the design to the T-shirt with our heat press and voila, a high-quality product that’s 100% made by the kids.

Four Simple Steps:

  • – Print Transfer with artwork on it
  • – Apply to shirt
  • – Heat press shirt
  • – Finishing heat press again for a matte finish

As teenagers, students are still trying to figure out their identity. Being able to put their name on a piece of clothing worn at an event or creating a statement that’s unique is something students are willing to invest time and effort in.

This uniqueness helps kids stand out but in a good way. Take a look at any trend-setting student at your school and you’ll know what I mean.

It’s one thing to be singled out for something you had no control over (and this usually leads to negative results such as being bullies).

It’s another to be recognized for something special that you created or made happen (for some kids, this elevates them to trendsetter status).

 

Adding Sparkle: ProSpangle

In elementary schools, kids loved glitter. The teenager equivalent of glitter is bling and rhinestones. There’s no better way than to customize your outfit and stand out at the same time than adding some bling and rhinestones. Rockstars have this same attitude as well.

ColDesi has a series of products that will allow students to add even more sparkle to their already-custom-designed, fundraiser T-shirt.

While not as tasty as a candy bar fundraiser, the ProSpangle bling machine is able to print out holographic spangles. Yes, you read that right, a glittery design that can be printed in less than 15 minutes instead of sewing individual rhinestones onto a shirt.

Once printed, these spangle designs can be heat pressed onto a T-shirt. If your resident artist is looking to add a bit of holographic awesomeness to his/her design, the ProSpangle is a quick and easy way to create high quality, eye-catching shirts.

More Than T-Shirts

Once students realize how easy it is to create the fundraiser products, there’s no reason to just stick with shirts. The possibilities are endless.

Students who have typically been invoiced in a candy bar fundraiser, can suggest and vote on what they want to sell.

The ColDesi T-Shirt Transfer System uses the DigitalHeat FX printer to print designs that are able to be transferred to a number of items at low temperatures.

Football game fundraiser? Why not transfer the football team logo to hoodies and koozies.

Baseball game event? Students can make baseball hats or caps with customized game designs.

Ease Them Into the Driver’s Seat

When handing over the car keys, it’s probably best to make sure the students know how to drive the car. The last thing you’d want is complete disorganization and pandemonium.

As supporters of small businesses and entrepreneurs, we have some tips on how to slowly let the students drive the fundraising car.

  • Start with low-key and low-pressure fundraisers where the goal isn’t too high.​
  • Make simple products that aren’t complicated. Success breeds confidence which breeds more success. All while making more profit per item than a candy bar fundraiser.
  • Delegate tasks but keep an eye out on the entire operation. As a supervising teacher, it’s always good to know who is slacking and who’s picking up that slack.
  • Introduce students to all aspects of fundraising, let them know where that money is going and how it is being used. For example, if the money is for a school trip, discuss with students the price of the bus, food, tolls, and other expenses.
  • Let students have a say in how much money to raise and how much product to make. If they understand where the money is going (point above), it’ll give them a better idea of what the goal amount should be.
  • When it’s time to let go, let go. It might be scary to hand over the keys, but when you see that students are invested, motivated, and excited to be part of the fundraising team it might be time to let the kids drive.

Ease Them Into the Driver’s Seat

When handing over the car keys, it’s probably best to make sure the students know how to drive the car. The last thing you’d want is complete disorganization and pandemonium.

As supporters of small businesses and entrepreneurs, we have some tips on how to slowly let the students drive the fundraising car.

  • Start with low-key and low-pressure fundraisers where the goal isn’t too high.​
  • Make simple products that aren’t complicated. Success breeds confidence which breeds more success.
  • Delegate tasks but keep an eye out on the entire operation. As a supervising teacher, it’s always good to know who is slacking and who’s picking up that slack.
  • Introduce students to all aspects of fundraising, let them know where that money is going and how it is being used. For example, if the money is for a school trip, discuss with students the price of the bus, food, tolls, and other expenses.
  • Let students have a say in how much money to raise and how much product to make. If they understand where the money is going (point above), it’ll give them a better idea of what the goal amount should be.
  • When it’s time to let go, let go. It might be scary to hand over the keys, but when you see that students are invested, motivated, and excited to be part of the fundraising team it might be time to let the kids drive.