Mother’s Day Art Ideas

March break has come and gone. We are looking forward to spring and planning our Mother’s Day event. Here is a collection of Mother’s Day art activities you can do with your children. 

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  1. Fork Sunflowers Crafty Morning
  2. Picasso Flowers Mrs. T’s First Grade Class
  3. Mom The Educator’s Spin On It
  4. Monet’s Garden Art Rocks
  5. You are My Sunshine Twin Dragonfly Designs
  6. Paul Klee Portrait Simply Art Lessons for Kids
  7. Dandelions Crafty Morning

 

Create a personalized new piece of artwork or break open the treasure trove of artwork you have preserved neatly. We’d love to see what you do together. Share it on our Facebook page

Orders over $80 receive free shipping! Order by April 25, 2017 for a Mother’s Day delivery. 

Happy spring!

Maria

FUNDRAISING: Why Include Kids?

We all know that fundraising can be a lot of work. It can also be a lot of fun for everyone involved though. So often fundraising focuses on parents, teachers and support staff, but children can and should be a part of the process. Why? The reasons are numerous, but here are just a few great reasons why children need to be an active part of your next fundraiser.

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  • Acquaints children with altruism – Kids are never too young to learn why and how we should give back to society. We all need a helping hand at some point in our lives. When you can provide that helping hand for someone else, it makes you feel good knowing you are part of a worthy cause. Fundraising is a wonderful way to be exposed to that.
  • Empowers children to be a part of the process – When children feel part of the process, they put in more effort, understand the reasons why fundraising is done, and have a greater sense of ownership for the efforts involved. Children will want to be involved when they feel they make a difference.
  • Expands education in new directions – Life is more than just the ABCs and 123s. Being part of a fundraising process expands children’s knowledge of the world around them. From learning about others in need, to learning how to improve their own experience, and even creatively coming up with new ways to tackle problems, fundraising can make you look at life a little differently.
  • Introduces new concepts – Have your children collected money for a cause? Do they understand that the money belongs to someone else? Can they manage their time to ensure that an event happens when it is supposed to; i.e. sticking to the deadline of when money needs to be returned? Do they understand why fundraising is undertaken in the first place? These are just some of the new concepts that a child can learn when they become involved with a fundraising event.

 

Can you think why else children should be involved in fundraising?

Six Fundraising Questions for Schools

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Its that time of year again when schools begin to think of How do you go about choosing the right fundraiser for your school? What factors affect which fundraiser is right for you? Plenty. Here are a few things you should consider;

1. What is your fundraising goal?

Be sure you know what you are allowed to fundraise for. Many school boards do not allow fundraising for textbooks. Knowing what you are fundraising for and the amount helps to plan a variety of activities.

2. Does the fundraiser fit into school and school board policies and goals?

Check with the organization’s policies. Some school boards have limited permission selling “junk” food. Other’s do not allow home baked goods.

3.  Is it a community builder, service, or product fundraiser? There are many creative ways to fundraise. Most organizations plan out their year and choose a balance between a community builder (Halloween dance), service (hot lunch program or speaker) and a product fundraiser (gift wrap). There is also some fundraisers that are both a service and product fundraiser. One fantastic idea is the Fresh from the Farm fundraiser. The program promotes healthy eating for the entire family. 

Community building events such as an art show brings the school community together. Is it open to the public? Will you need an advertising budget.  
A service fundraiser such as a hot food lunch program is great. My children’s school offered milk and pizza every Monday. I always thought it was brilliant idea to not worry about a lunch for  Monday mornings especially after a busy weekend. If it a product fundraiser, do you have to purchase product before selling them. Leftover products will cut into your profits

4. How many volunteers are available to help organize and run your fundraiser? What are the time commitments?

The best fundraisers require the least amount of work. Community builders require a number of coordinator meetings.  The more volunteers involved in a community event the better for generating spirit in an organization. Most people want to be assigned jobs during a community event and not interested in detailed meetings. Using Volunteer Spot is a great way for signing up volunteers online.

5. How much money might be raised by the fundraiser?

Do you know what the average participation percentage rate and the average amount of profit is per participant. Knowing your stats will help you make informed choices. How will the money be collected? Who will collect it and is there a process of transparency?   

6. Are children part of the process?

When children are active participants, it sends a clear message that altruism is a worthy characteristic. However, we do not recommend children “sell” to strangers. Can the fundraiser be incorporated into the curriculum such as Jump Rope for Heart?

Take these factors into consideration before you select any fundraiser for your organization. Know your group, do your research, and you will have a better chance of selecting the right fundraiser for you.