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School Fundraising for Finals

By Clay Boggess on May 31, 2017
School Fundraising for Finals

Fundraise with one of our favorite educational prize programs.

School fundraising programs are potent instruments for doing good, but it’s no secret that the most excellent 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 to raise 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 rewards the hard work that went into fundraising and helps equip them with test-taking strategies that improve test performance.

Suppose your school has recently hosted a fundraiser or is considering hosting one in the coming year. In that case, 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 and 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 genuine 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 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.

Encourage Participation

School fundraising programs that offer traditional prizes are highly effective, but these 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 empower 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 increasing the volume of participants raises 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 funding often depends on your school’s academic performance and student improvement. The Magic Pep Talk supports these goals by helping students learn:

  • how to develop sound 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 testing season with the Magic Pep Talk Big Event!

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Author Bio Clay Boggess, Author

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.

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