What to Look for when Planning a School Holiday Gift Shop for Your Elementary Schools

What to Look for when Planning a School Holiday Gift Shop for Your Elementary Schools

School Holiday Gift Shops are by far one of the most loved school events at the elementary school level.  The students are able to shop in a non-commercial, safe environment for their families during the holidays.  Many schools run their school holiday shop as a service to the children and some schools use their shop as a PTA Fundraiser, PTO Fundraiser, Safety Patrol Fundraiser or Media Center Fundraiser.

TNT Fundraising offers two options for you in school holiday shops.  Each of these shops offers unique promotional materials.  Elf Shelf Gift Shop has a fun elf motif with the color flyers that are sent home to the students and the posters put up in the school.  If you love Elves and their antics, this is a great choice for your school!  Kids’ Korner Gift Shoppe is another great choice as it has a beautiful snowman family gracing the covers of the color flyers that are sent home with the students.

When you have made a decision to offer this fun school event there are many things to look for during your planning.  Some schools shop all year at sales and store the products in closets until it is time for the shop.  If you are going this route, you will need someone who has many hours to spend on the shop before, during and after the event.  You will also need to plan for designing your own advertisements, providing wrapping for the gifts, wrapping the gifts during the sale, providing envelopes for the student’s money, cash registers, etc. and so forth.  This is a labor intensive choice.

Our goal with Elf Shelf Gift Shop and Kids’ Korner Gift Shoppes is to take care of these chores for you!  The benefits of using a company to supply your holiday gift shop are MANY!  I will tell you about the great and numerous supplies we provide to help you sponsor a holiday shop with ease.

  1. You will need a Step by Step Guide to walk you through your Holiday Gift Shop; we provide this!
  2. You will need attractive, full-color “Watch For” flyers that should be sent in November a few weeks before your shop begins. We provide these!
  3. You will need attractive, full-color “Has Arrived” flyers that will be sent home with the students the weekend before your shop begins. We provide these!
  4. You will need an attractive Gift Guide Envelope for each student that enables the parent to help the student budget their money. We provide these!
  5. Tablecloths are a must! We provide these!
  6. You will need a way to send the gifts home with the students. We provide beautiful  Metallic Gift Bags that make life so much easier that wrapping every gift purchased by a student.  We include what we call T-shirt bags that will hold all of the student’s goodies and allow them to get the gifts home safe and sound.
  7. You will also need a Cash Register or Cash App to add up the purchases and calculate change. We have both!
  8. During the sale, you may need additional product; we ship or deliver this overnight saving you a frantic trip to the store.
  9. What about the left over product? We take everything that does not sell back and we pay all shipping.  This will beat storing a large amount of product in closets until the following year.  You will be so happy when you ship everything back, knowing you have just made hundreds of students happy as you treat yourself to a bubble bath and smile over the happy faces you have seen all week!

When planning your School Holiday Shop, you will need a secure room that can be locked every night, as well as 3-6 volunteers each day to help with the shop.  We can provide a Complimentary Board Presentation Kit with samples of our products if you are considering a School Holiday Shop.  Call or text Angie at 850-232-5837 for more information on our School Holiday Gift Shops.

A Checklist for Increasing Participation in Your Upcoming Schoolwide Fundraiser whether ran by the Principal of the Elementary School, Middle School Principal, PTA, or PTO!

A Checklist for Increasing Participation in Your Upcoming Schoolwide Fundraiser whether ran by the Principal of the Elementary School, Middle School Principal, PTA, or PTO!

1. Determine if you will run a catalog sale such as Charleston Wrap, Classic Cookie Dough, or in-hand product sale with candy bars or Pretzel RODS.
2. Select dates that will allow you to have your profits by the time you need them.
3. Consider the age of your members and what types of fundraising promotions will motivate them to participate.

There are many ideas to motivate students to participate in a PTA fundraiser, PTO fundraiser, or School Fundraiser. The first thing is to notify the parents of your students why you are raising funds. This is important because many parents will help when they know they are working for a worthy cause. If your fundraiser is for something such as a new playground or new computer equipment, do not hesitate to have a drawing of the playground posted at your school or on you social media sites. If it is additional technology feel free to be specific and add a statement at the end which will include other items as well such as, “and other programs and supplies to enhance learning at our school”. If this is for a daycare fundraiser or elementary school fundraising we know that the parents will do the majority of the selling whereas the students will only sell to their parents and very close relatives.

Consider a participation prize. With TNT Fundraising, when we are dealing with schoolwide fundraisers with catalog sales and Classic Cookie Dough sales, we may offer a daily prize which is handed out when the student is registered on the fundraising website for online fundraiser or when they make their first sale. There may even be daily prizes that allow the students to earn more than one “collectible” that is highly valued by the students. These may be handed out on a daily basis or twice a week. Keep in mind, the more you pass these out, the more excitement created at the school. When the students are excited the enthusiasm is carried home and shared with the parents who are our primary helpers!

Daily Drawings: We often provide special prizes for the school to do daily drawings from the tickets turned in from the daily prizes. This is done during the morning announcements or during the morning show at school.

Include a cumulative or pick-a-prize program. A cumulative prize program is the easiest to administer when dealing with large groups. The lower level prizes accumulate as the students sell more and as they reach the upper levels a certain large prize may be selected and they are able to earn the lower prizes as well. This prize program is simple because it is automatic and usually is delivered along with the product with no extra work on the volunteer’s part (it may be necessary to check with a student or two on extremely large sales if they are able to select from a few large prizes.) A pick-a-prize program would normally be used with older students and smaller groups since they are able to select a prize from 3-4 prizes offered. It is always helpful to have a full color prize chart for younger students. We provide this with our fundraisers.

Fundraising Kick-off: It is very important to have an exciting launch for your school fundraiser, PTA Fundraiser, or PTO Fundraiser. This may be in a general assembly or through a video that is shown in each classroom.

Participation Prizes for Teachers and/or Classrooms: Most teachers recognize the impact they have on the students when running a fundraiser and are naturally motivated and excited, but it is sometimes helpful to include a special gift for teachers with 50% participation or with the highest participation. This may be a cookie party for the students or a magazine voucher or shopping spree for the teacher. TNT Fundraising has some great ideas we use with schools we work with on their cookie dough and catalog fundraising campaigns.

Participation Prizes for Students Reaching a Certain number: This is a great way to motivate students. We suggest you set a number of items to sell for the students to be invited to a fun event or a party of some sort. This could be a Chic Fila party with a movie playing, an ice cream party, a bouncy party or other fun idea your group comes up with. We suggest you make this attainable such as, all students who sell 10, 15 or 20 items. Some schools will use a goal of 20-25 items for a limousine to lunch or an ice cream shop. We feel it is better to offer an event at 10 items in sales than to offer one top selling student a very large prize. We like to spread the love around and benefit more students.

Top Seller Prize: We suggest using a prize that is fun but that does not cost too much such as a Dash for Cash and Prizes or Jump for George where money is taped to the floor and the student keeps the amount they are able to do a standing broad jump and pass. As I said before, we feel it is better to spread the love. Most students will never be the top seller in their fundraiser but they may be able to talk their parents into selling 10 or 15 items.

In-hand Dollar Sales: When selling One Dollar Fundraising Candy Bars or Pretzel RODS, if you order 20 cases, you will receive one free case which equals $240 once the items are sold. The school may take this money and offer some of the promotions listed above for their sale.

These school fundraising ideas not only work for elementary school fundraisers and middle school fundraisers, but also are great fundraiser ideas for church and excellent fundraiser ideas for sports teams!

When working with TNT Fundraising, we typically provide the cumulative or pick-a-prize program, as well as the collectibles on our catalog sales with Charleston Wrap and Classic Cookie Dough. In many situations, we split the cost of other top prizes with the school and many times the school or PTA or PTO will add a few goodies on their own since they stand to profit thousands of dollars on a fundraiser; it is an excellent investment! Give us a call if you have questions, 850-232-5837, Angie Taylor.

What Fundraiser is Right For My School?

What Fundraiser is Right For My School?

Are you a cheerleading coach, band director, PTA or PTO President? Are you the principal or bookkeeper at an elementary school looking for the perfect fundraiser for your group? When you offer your time and efforts to a group that is near and dear to your heart, you will soon find that money will control the types of programs, quality of uniforms, locations of camps, and materials and supplies that you will be able to provide those who are looking to you for answers! Everyone is counting on you! Because of this, you will need the very best fundraising ideas in your court.

School fundraising ideas and schoolwide fundraisers are very important to principals, PTAs and PTOs. These fundraisers can be events that are held at the school, such as a movie night or a bake sale, but many times you need to raise thousands of dollars in one major fundraising event. At TNT Fundraising, we provide two of the most successful schoolwide fundraisers available. Charleston Wrap offers a beautiful catalog that can be taken home to the parents by the students. These catalogs have a wide variety of items that appeal to moms and dads, including wrapping paper (amazing quality and designs), kitchen and home items, beautiful candles, personalized items and many other gift options. This program may be carried out with students taking orders both in-hand and online. We have found that over 90% of orders are now placed online providing for very little counting of money from the bookkeeper and limited delivery to the school as orders may be shipped directly to your support’s home. If you are looking for many thousands of dollars to put in your bank account, this is a great option! For more information, just click on the button below to learn more.

The second major fundraiser that has proven to raise huge amounts of money for schools and groups is Cookie Dough. Cookie Dough has been a favorite in the fundraising industry for over 20 years and has helped schools raise money for computer labs, playgrounds, field trips, uniforms, camp, and the list goes on and on! We have partnered with Classic Cookie Dough for several reasons:

*We feel it is the absolute best tasting cookie dough in the fundraising market.

*The cookie dough arrives at the school separated by student for a smooth delivery to the student’s parents.

*We have a great prize program that motivates the students to motivate their parents to sell to friends, relatives and co-workers, because let’s face it; the parents are the ones supporting the school fundraisers and making fundraisers a success!

Both Charleston Wrap and Classic Cookie are used by cheerleading groups, bands, choruses, NJROTC, churches, dance troupes and other groups looking to raise large amounts of money. Many schools will sell Charleston in the fall and Classic Cookie in the spring or vice-versa. Success will be partnered with your name when you choose one of these great programs with TNT Fundraising!