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Have you ever had or thought about a fundraiser of sorts to raise money for homeschooling expenses? IDK why I was thinking about it... probably the coupon book I just bought from a little girl at church that she is selling as a fund raiser for a local public school & the fact that our church is actually doing a fundraiser right now for the private Christian school that they run. All these schools & their fundraisers got me to thinking that if anyone NEEDS a fundraiser to help with schooling expenses, it's me (& anyone else paying to homeschool their child) not a state-funded public school. I actually remember Austin having 3 or more fundraisers last year in public school.
Actually I was thinking about something like "cookies in a jar" or "brownies in a jar" mix of some sort (like these... Cookie Mix in a Jar - All Recipes)... maybe offer 4 or 5 choices & take orders then fill them for x amount of money (I wish I could do a yard sale but that's just not a possibility here unless I talk a friend into letting me do it at her house (which I honestly might be able to do now that I think about it )) but then again I am hesitant about doing something like this b/c as I read somewhere else... it is kinda like begging for money or something. IDK, what do you think?
I'm seriously considering it, that's for sure... that's why I'm running it by you ladies. I also thought I'd run it by a couple of my closest friends from church as well to get their opinions first but I'm seriously concerned over our financial situation for next year & I'm nervous about having the money to HS next year but I can't imagine trying to go back to PS. I LOVE HSing!
I think right now my biggest hang up is etiquette... am I begging? Is there something that I'm missing & some reason that this shouldn't be done? I mean if public & private schools can do a fundraiser, why can't homeschools? KWIM.
Bottom line, I haven't made up my mind yet but depending on your opinions & the opinions of my closest church friends... I really MIGHT do it. If I did it though, I think I would mainly sell to my church & a few family unless I get the wild hair to expand it which could always be a possibility.
I dunno. I think it is a great idea, but just don't know what people would think about that if they knew it was just for you. What about coming up with a name for your homeschool and say for this is a fundraiser for the "Whatever named school" and leave it at that. Or get a couple to join you and say it is for such and such co-op.
Actually we don't really have to think of a name since here in AL, we are part of an umbrella school so we do officially have a school. I actually also posted this same topic on another HSing board that I frequent & learned that this isn't as uncommon as I first thought. Apparently a lot of them have/will do something to help raise funds. Right now I am seriously considering doing a few yard sales... not here of course but I have places in mind where I can do them & I thought I'd make the cookies in a jar & sell them at the yard sale.
Actually someone on the other HSing board mentioned starting a small family business & letting DS learn the specifics of a business that way. I thought that was a wonderful idea though I'm not sure that I will but it would be great to do. Maybe one day.
I read about a family who made and sold cookies and other baked goods around the neighborhood. It was the children's home-business. They learned a lot by doing it (taking orders, pricing, cooking, etc...) and the proceeds went to purchasing curriculum. Maybe they kept some for themselves too, I don't remember. Anyway, it's an idea....
I had a garage sale a few summers ago to raise money for curriculum but I didn't tell people where the money was going. It was just like any other garage sale. No one needs to know what you're spending your profits on.
Earthy-Birthy Tree-hugging Mama to 5 (6 for now) great kids:
SciGuy,14 Butterfly Girl,12 Wyldchild,7 FlowerFairy,5 and Babybird,3