Contributed by Melba Murphy

Food Sales:

Bake Sales
Bar-B-Que Sales
Chili Suppers
Dill Pickles
Fortune Cookies
Hot Chocolate
Hot Potato Bar
Ice-Cream Sundaes
Pancake dinners
Pretzel Sale
Soft Drink Machine
Soup's On (soup and bread sale)
Spaghetti Dinners
Sub Sales (assembly line method)

Spirit Items:

Back Packs
Book Covers
Bumper Stickers
Clickers, Kazoos, Bells, Noise-Makers
Coffee Mugs for Faculty
Gym bags
Programs at Sports Events
Season Ticket Sales
Shoe laces
Spirit Ribbons
Stadium Seats
Theme Shirts

____-A-Thons: Aerobicize, Bike, Bowl, Car Wash, Dance, Jog, Jump Rope, Skate, Swim, Read, Rocking (Chairs), Roller Skate, Volleyball, Walk. Students collect pledges for each hour they carry out an activity.

Academic Booster Club: $10 contribution yields a membership card and window sticker.

Adopt-A-Duck: Brochures handed out in the fall publicize official adoption papers allowing individuals to "adopt-a-duck". Each duck races down the mighty Red River the last day of a local festival. Local businesses donate large prizes (cars, trips, shopping sprees, etc.). Once the ducks are adopted, the Super Derby festival starts. Every club/organization is represented with a food booth as well as other students who are involved in security organizations, stage setup, backstage, etc. Also included are cheerleading competitions, a chili cookoff, crafts for kids, etc. On the last day a large dumpster is filled with the adopted ducks (One year 25,000 ducks at $4) and then dumped into the river. The ducks are funneled into the finish line by Styrofoam buoys and then the first five picked out of the water are the winners.

Airband Contest: Student groups prepare acts to lip synch to recorded music. They are judged on costumes, choreography, and lip-synch ability. Winners are awarded monetary prizes and presents at a winter sports assembly.

Animal Show: (horse, dog, cat)

Auction-A-Lunch: Lunches are donated from area restaurants and fast food chains, or donated meals are cooked by teachers, parents, or students. A real auctioneer comes to school to run the auction. Students must buy a ticket for $2 to attend the auction. To bid on a meal (which serves two or more people) the audience must start at a $2 bid. A placard lists the menu and the Student Council holding the menu dresses the part. For example: a tuxedoed waiter arrived with a classical meal of steak and potatoes, cowboys arrived with barbecued ribs, Campbell Soup kids arrive with a meal of soup and sandwiches; Charlie Brown arrived with peanut butter and jelly; sailors arrive with fish meals, etc. The auction could be geared to faculty members alone who are given "comp" time to go to lunch.

Baby-sitting service: Student Council members sponsor a baby-sitting service during the Christmas holidays.

Balloon Sales: Helium balloons are sold for birthdays, congratulations, and get-well.

Bazaar: Held in December, spaces are sold in the cafeteria and hallways for $30, $40, and $60 to local crafts people. Additional money is raised by selling concessions, checking coats, and babysitting. Clubs and parent organizations also sell items. Their spaces are free. A $1 fee is charged for admission. Door prizes donated by the crafters may also be awarded to shoppers.

Bingo: Charge for each game. Prizes are donated.

Birthday Calendars: Sell birthday calendar orders to individuals who are allowed to put the birth dates of all family members on the printed calendar.

Book and Poster Fair: Sell orders of paper back books and posters.

Box Lunch Auction: Each faculty member brings a boxed lunch which is auctioned off. Variation: Student Council girls pack a lunch and then eat lunch with the person who "buys" it.

Cake Auction: Homeroom reps bring in cakes and set them up in the cafeteria in the morning. Homerooms collect as much money as they can. One rep from each room goes the cafeteria and lines up according to the amount of money raised. The most amount raised goes in and picks a cake and takes it to his/her classroom to share and so forth. One school raised $1000 with approximately 50 cakes.

Candy Grams: Students buy a heart to which a piece of candy and a message are attached. The hearts are delivered. Good for Valentine's.

Car Bash: An abandoned car is procured from a junkyard. Students can purchase three hits for a dollar and beat the car with a baseball bat. Proceeds go to a local charity.

(Free) Car Wash: Students get pledges in advance of the car wash date for 1 cent or 2 cents per car. The goal is to wash as many cars as you can in one day. One school washed 1024 cars in one day and raised $10,000 in pledges and donations. They had 6 car wash locations and washed cars from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Prizes and other incentives were offered to the students for getting their pledges.

Carnation Sales:

Carnival/Festivals: Booths for games and purchasing items.

Christmas Tree Sales: Sell Christmas trees during the holidays.

Computer Dating: Students fill out a questionnaire and are given a list of 10 people whose answers are most compatible with theirs.


Coupon Book Sales: Area businesses donate discounts and special offers (ex: free drink with a meal). etc. The entire Coupon Book is sold for $5.

Cow Maneuvers: Sell squares on a grid on the football field. When the cow drops its first chip, the person who purchased the grid wins $500.

Cutie Beauty: Male participants compete in evening gown, sportswear, and talent in drag. The winner receives a free tuxedo rental.

Dash for Cash: Raffle tickets are sold for $1. A name is drawn and the person has 15 seconds during half-time of a basketball game, to pick up as much money as he/she can from the $50 that has been spread out on the basketball court.

Dating Game: Held around Valentine's Day, two schools take part and organize the Dating Game modeled after the television show. Each school provides four bachelors and four bachelorettes. One school will have a person ask a question to three students from the other school. Then, the individual picks who he/she wants to go out with. Student Council arranges and pays for the evening out. After the game, a casual dance is held for both schools and the schools split the profits.

Dinner Theaters: Seats are sold to a dinner theater where various talent acts are shown. Participants must try out and may include faculty members. Acts range from classical piano to rock groups, monologues, ballet, and jazz. The school's choir opens and closes the show.

Dog Wash:

Donkey Basketball : Teacher and student teams play basketball on donkeys.

Drive-In: Sell tickets to football field and play a movie on the wide screen.

Dunking Booths: Students pay $2 for 3 balls to throw at a dunking booth in which sits a teacher.

Egg Toss: Faculty members stand behind chicken wire. Students pay $2 to toss 3 eggs at them.

Faculty-Student Sporting Events: Student and teacher teams compete in softball, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, etc.

Family Portraits: After negotiating a deal with a local photographer, students sell coupons for free sitting fees for family portraits. Good project for the fall when individuals are considering a family picture for Christmas cards.

Fashion Shows: Area businesses bring clothes to be modeled at the beginning of the fall or spring season. Admission price raises money.

Field Day (a.k.a. Jock-A-Thon). Competition in volleyball and "Anything Goes" games are carried out by twenty community teams. An auction is held during intermission. All spectators pay an admission fee. Funds are also raised by selling peanuts, popcorn, sandwiches, hot dogs, and soda.

Firewood Sale: Sell cords of wood.

Fun Run: Participants pay to take part in a run. Each participant receives a T-shirt.

Game Show Night: Three game shows featuring popular TV game shows,"Win, Lose, or Draw", "The Dating Game," and "Faculty Feud", are carried out. Students host the shows and students and faculty serve as contestants. A student band plays between segments. There are no production costs and all ticket sales are pure profit.

Garage Sales: Individuals pay to set up a booth in the school gym. A $1 admission price is charged.

Genie-in-a-Bottle: Individuals bid on Student Council members who are their "Genie" for a day. Services include buying lunch, doing homework, carrying books, etc.

Gift Wrap Booths: Students wrap presents at a central place in the area shopping district.

Gong Show: Questionable "talent" acts compete and admission price is charged.

Grams: Sell seasonal candy and messages to be delivered: Variations: Singing telegrams, Bunny-Grams, Elf-Grams, Ghost-Grams, Santa-Grams, Cupid-Grams, etc.

Hat Day: Students buy a ticket which allows them to wear their hat throughout the school day.

Haunted House/Forest at Halloween:

Jail and Bail: Teachers can be arrested for $5 and placed in a cell or an isolated room with a telephone. The bond release is $25 for the teacher and $50 for the principal. The teacher must call people to donate money so the teacher can be set free. Getting an actual police person adds to the fun.

Jukebox: Students receive the proceeds from a jukebox in the lunchroom.

Karaoke: Students select a song, then sing into a microphone with appropriate background music. The lyrics are shown on a large screen. The signers are recorded and the tapes sold.

"Kiss a Senior Good-Bye: Paper lips are purchased for $. 25 and a message is written to a specific senior and posted on the wall. The person purchasing the paper lips gives the senior a Hershey's Kiss so that they know to look for their message.

Magazine Sales: Sell subscriptions to popular magazines.

Mike-O-Change: Stick a mile of two-sided tape on a mall floor, Invite passerbys to contribute loose change to cover the mile by sticking coins to the tape.

"Mr. Betty Crocker" Contest: One football player and one cheerleader are paired to enter a cake decorating contest. Using the school home economics classroom, twelve teams bake and decorate a cake, which is put on display in the cafeteria for a week. Students select, by contributing money, the best-looking cake. The winning football player is crowned, "Mr. Betty Crocker".

Mr. D.J.: In a business-education partnership with a local radio station, the Student Council raises money by taking over the radio station for a few hours. Council members sell radio commercials for their allotted time, then wrote, organized, and recorded them. On the appointed day, students also serve as DJs, sportscasters and weather people.

Poinsettia Sale: Students sell poinsettias for Christmas.

Pudding Mania: Wrestling matches are held in vats of instant chocolate pudding.

Raffles: Cars, trips, appliances, televisions, VCRs, computers, gasoline, memberships, "year free"....., limo and driver, etc.

Private Parking: Student parking spaces are numbered and auctioned off to the highest bidder. Certain privileged lots are available only to seniors first, then underclassmen. After the space is purchased, buyers design something to be painted on their space (with water-base paint). At the end of the year a special machine is used to remove the paint, leaving the lot undamaged.

Recipe Book : Collect favorites from teachers and publish in a book.

Recycling Aluminum Cans: Each homeroom is asked to collect smashed recyclable cans. Student Council keeps a tally of the amount of green garbage bags filled with cans. The homeroom with the most bags of cans wins a pizza party.

Remembrance Tree: A local tree farm donates a 14-foot Christmas tree. Students, teachers,e clubs, organizations, churches, and community members buy a light for the tree in honor of or in memory of a loved one. Lights are$ .50 for students and $2 for non-students. A Tree Lighting Ceremony is held on the two Sunday nights preceding Christmas vacation. A short program includes a Christmas reading and carol sing-along, followed by a reception.

Rent-A-Student: Students can be "hired" to work in yards, wash cars, paint, etc.

Sadie Hawkins Dance: Girls ask guys for a date, buy matching shirts for the couple, and take their date out for dinner. The dance has a country/hillbilly theme with a jail and a marriage booth. If you are not holding hands the sheriff can take you to jail. There are different ways to get your date out of jail----sing a song, pay 13 pennies or kiss them. At the marriage booth there are rings and marriage certificates. The royalty are chosen (Lumberjack and Lumberjill) and a professional photographer is there for pictures.

Save or Shave: Find one faculty member willing to shave his beard. Two jars are placed in the school cafeteria. Students put their change in the jar marked "Save" or "Shave".

Saturday Night Live: Groups get together and imitate their favorite acts.

School Store: Offers traditional school supplies and operates during lunch and break time. Items include notebooks, combination locks, T-shirts, pens, pencils, folders, snacks.

Shopping Spree: Students sell raffle tickets for #1.00 apiece. The winner has three minutes to go through the grocery store and get as much food as possible. Limits are: no alcohol, floral, tobacco, and only one of each product. The Student Council pays for the food and the spree is held before the store opens.

Singing Telegram: A terrific moneymaker around Valentine's Day, the purpose is to send a message of love to the person of your fancy to be sung before their very eyes by members of the Student Council. The singing telegram can send messages like "Wild Thing, I Think I Love You," "Love Me Do", "This Is Dedicated to the One I Love", or any new or old song. Caution, must ask to sing during class periods. This is an almost guaranteed success due to the embarrassment the serenade brings, and it involves no investment of money, only time for practice.

Spirit Chains: A spirit link is added to the color-coded class chain for each penny contributed that day. The chains are displayed in the student commons and sometimes wrap around many times. The money is donated to a local charity. An alternative is to sell each link for $ .10 and have the buyee put his/her name on the link. After the links are stretched and broken, the name on which the link is broken receives a prize.

Sponsor a Scrub: Sponsors pledge to pay a set amount for each consecutive day on which the member wears the same outfit to school. Students are allowed to wash the clothing. Once a student wears a different outfit he or she is no longer in the contest. The longest "scrubber" is the winner of a small prize. Participants collect pledges after the event.

Sports Tournaments: Charge an entry fee for student or adult teams to compete in tennis, softball, volleyball, basketball, ping pong, and board games (Trivia Pursuit).

Student Directories: Sell a directory with each student's name and telephone number. Students must be given the option to not have their number published.

Talent Shows

Treasure Hunt: Prizes are buried in an open field. Individuals pay $5 to borrow a shovel to dig for a certain amount of time.

Underwater Volleyball (on land with mask and fins): Each team must pay to participate.

Video Arcades

Video Memories: Use a camcorder to videotape graduation, junior-senior, homecoming, or other school activities. An ambitious project is to video-tape high-lights from the year. Tapes are preordered and prepaid and sell for about $10 apiece.


Kiss the Pig: A picture of each class president is put on a jar. Individuals contribute pennies for votes and silver change for negative votes. The individual with the least amount of money (after silver change is subtracted from pennies) has to kiss a piglet at a pep rally.

Legs Contest: Pictures of buys legs are placed on jars. Votes are pennies.

Turkey Teacher: Teachers are given cups marked "Turkey Teacher".
Students buy turkey feathers for 25 cents and write messages to their
teachers, which are placed in the cups. The teacher with the most
features is crowned "Turkey Teacher". Money collected is used to buy
turkeys for needy families. The "Turkey Teacher" is given a turkey for
being a good sport.

Wishing Wells: Set up for specific charitable events. Can be posted in cafeteria next to cash register where students can toss in their change.

Womanless Wedding: A "wedding" is held where all the participants are males. Admission is charged.