Raising money isn’t just a lesson for your children
School fundraising programs are doubtlessly unparalleled learning experiences for children and adolescents of all ages. But what about parents? They too have quite a bit to learn from a school fundraiser.
The whirlwind fun and excitement of fundraising doubtlessly comes with a little bit of pressure to help your child succeed and meet his/her goals. Parents, trust us when we say that a school fundraiser will help you cultivate a greater sense of what motivates your child; what the greatest needs are for your educational community; and how to turn every day experiences into teaching moments.
School Fundraisers Teach You What Motivates Your Child
What makes our children “tick” seems to be constantly evolving as they grow into their own unique individuals. You may see your child thrive academically, seeking to get good grades. Perhaps athletics drive them to give their all. School fundraisers, however, can uniquely highlight the strengths of your child’s work ethic by providing a discrete, rewards-based opportunity grounded in philanthropy.
When it comes time for your school’s next product or brochure fundraiser, listen to what your child has to say about it. Are they excited about the prizes? Are they happy to be making a difference? Or are they annoyed by something on their plate?
All of these are important cues for parents to pick up on. Pay close attention to how eager your child is to participate, and discuss the different incentives your school provides through the fundraiser to see what, if anything, piques their interest. You might be able to employ this later on to get chores done or grades up.
School Fundraisers Teach You about Needs in Education
School fundraisers inherently mean that there’s a need for funding in your child’s school. The gap between public funding and the cost to educate doesn’t seem to be closing any time soon, so fundraisers provide a great chance to learn about where your school could use a boost.
As a parent, it’s important to understand what the fundraiser is supporting. You can use this information as a discussion tool with your child, and help them craft a compelling mission statement. It also makes you a better advocate for good education in your neighborhood by showing how you can help outside of fundraising. Perhaps the school needs additional aides in the classroom, and you have some time to volunteer. Or, maybe the school needs some one-time supply donations, and you’ve got an in-kind donation connection.
No matter the need, asking your PTA/PTO and school administration questions about what the fundraiser will support is a valuable way to get more connected to improving your child’s education.
School Fundraising Teaches You to Teach Them
During school fundraisers, it can seem like there’s just one more thing to get done. This can make it easy to lose sight of the greater value of the experience and its character building benefits.
Don’t forego the conversations with your child about the fundraising experience! We’ve shared various ways that raising money can help your child grow, and it’s critical that you help point out the life skills that they’re developing through this process.
Set aside some time during and after the fundraiser to ask them questions about what they found challenging and rewarding. Help them connect the dots between selling products, taking ownership of their education and improving their community.