Ah, middle school. Kids that are a bit too grown-up for elementary school, but not quite ready for high school yet. Middle school is one of those transitional times when kids learn a lot and grow a lot, both physically and mentally, and much of what they learn comes from outside the scope of the classroom, in the extra-curricular activities and clubs they participate in. Therefore, it is important to make sure these clubs and teams remain available, despite the economic crunch and budget cuts. Middle school fundraisers are a fantastic way to keep these activities alive for the students who benefit from them.
So if you are in charge of organizing middle school fundraisers, you probably have some concerns about what will happen if your fundraiser does not quite go as well as you hope. You don’t want to disappoint the kids, and you want to prove that you can be successful at this. But try to focus on something other than the anxiety involved with assembling middle school fundraisers – after all, this is a chance to show the kids just how far a bit of motivation and teamwork can take them, and those are important lessons indeed.
The kids should be involved in their middle school fundraiser from day one so that they can feel like they have directly affected their own goals and ambitions. Kids that age are bundles of energy, so make use of that. They make very good salespeople, and even if some of them are not quite old enough to go out fundraising on their own, they can still be very important members of the team of middle school fundraising ideas. By being such an important part of this, they will learn that people working in a team can achieve anything they set out to do, and that money is something they use to get the things they want, not the other way around. These are all valuable lessons that they will take with them through high school and beyond, and all learned in the context of middle school fundraisers.