As the technology specialist for the Waugh Elementary School District in Petaluma, Calif., for the last 18 years, Calif., a significant portion of my job has entailed finding creative ways to fund new ed-tech equipment. Our district policy is that technology is used until it ceases to work; however, the need for new technology far exceeds the means to purchase it.
In October 2002, I learned about FundingFactory and its fundraising-through-recycling program. I saw the immediate benefits of this program, because it helps schools purchase needed ed-tech equipment. The choice was obvious: It’s free to enroll, you’re helping the environment, and you can earn as much or as little as you want at your school’s own pace. FundingFactory helps raise essential revenue by involving students, parents, businesses, and the local community in a comprehensive, robust fundraising effort.
Friendly fundraising competition
To make this fundraising program successful, it was essential to foster inter-classroom competition (which is now an annual occurrence). Here’s how we’ve done this.
(Next page: How the district encourages participation in a fun—and effective—way)
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