Fundraise with one of our favorite educational prize programs
School fundraising programs are powerful instruments for doing good, but it’s no secret that the greatest motivator for our students is the promise of a rewarding prize. At Big Fundraising Ideas, we have countless options for incentives to get your school raising more money.
As we approach the end of another successful school year, one of our Big Events rises to the top as students prepare to take state tests and semester exams: the “State Test Magic Pep Talk.” Educators and students alike love this entertaining and informative magic show that not only rewards the hard work that went into fundraising, but also helps equip them with test taking strategies that improve test performance.
If your school has recently hosted a fundraiser, or is considering hosting one in the coming year, the Magic Pep Talk is a crowd-pleaser for parents who want the fundraising experience to have a directly positive effect on their child’s education, as well as for administration weary of ordinary fundraising incentives. Here are some reasons why we love the Magic Pep Talk.
Reduce Test Anxiety
Students have likely heard about state tests or finals all year. Test anxiety is a very real concern for students, parents and educators, and should be given all credibility. According to the American Test Anxieties Association, students can score up to 12 points lower on tests (more than a full letter grade!) if they suffer from significant test anxiety.
The Magic Pep Talk offers a two-fold solution: it helps frame state tests in a relaxing context, and it gives students tools to employ when test time comes to perform better, and hopefully score higher. These are goals everyone at your school can get behind.
School fundraising programs that offer traditional prizes are extremely effective, but these types of fundraisers often have higher sales requirements to reach the type of rewards students most desire. Big Event Prize Programs, like the Magic Pep Talk, take a different approach by requiring fewer items and allowing for a collective student experience.
When parents know the reward will be one that empowers their child to perform better on tests and improve classroom performance, both parent and child have a greater incentive to participate in fundraising. Schools often find that by increasing the volume of participants, they raise more money, even if the number of items sold per student is lower.
Meet Bigger Goals
School fundraisers are held to close critical funding gaps, but we know that funding is often contingent on your school’s academic performance and student improvement. The Magic Pep talk supports these goals by helping students learn:
- how to develop good strategies by properly addressing test questions and making educated guesses; and
- how to take tests by following instructions and checking their work.
Give your students a rewarding experience that builds confidence as you approach the final season of testing with the Magic Pep Talk Big Event!
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Clay Boggess has been designing fundraising programs for schools and various nonprofit organizations throughout the US since 1999. He’s helped administrators, teachers, and outside support entities such as PTAs and PTOs raise millions of dollars. Clay is an owner and partner at Big Fundraising Ideas.