Though middle school teachers and students alike are eager to enjoy the summer ahead, setting the following school year up for success is something to consider before you head to the beach for three months or the ball fields for three months. How teachers end the school year determines how they start back up in the fall. One of those important details to consider is fall fundraising. Maybe your school needs new volleyball uniforms, updated computers in the library, or money so the marching band can travel to competitions. Now is the best time to plan – not when the school year begins.

Middle school students are at an interesting time in their lives. They’re developing the confidence and skills that will serve them through high school and beyond. By now, they have a sense of what they enjoy and what they might like to be when they grow up. Fundraisers are great ways for them to learn more about their interpersonal skills and improve them with a support network of adult and fellow students – all in it for the same cause.

Since adolescents tend to focus on themselves, fundraising projects encourage them to work for the greater good, building confidence in their own abilities and giving them the opportunity to be a part of a team effort. Not only this, but they get to see how their work directly benefits their school experiences and community. Four of the top 10 skills middles school students need to thrive are working in teams and negotiate conflict; creating organization; cultivating passions; and creating and innovating. Involving them in fundraising campaigns is one way to hit on all of these life skills.

One way to get your students more connected in their communities and practicing communication skills is with a merchant tickets fundraiser. Here’s how it works:

  1. Your students talk to community businesses. They tell each business owner about what they’re doing and where the money will go, and ask for a special offer or discount. This might mean, for example, a free small ice cream cone with a meal or 10 percent off a hardware store purchase.
  2. These offers are then printed on the merchant tickets, which your students sell to parents and other community members.
  3. Your club or classroom uses the profits to fund your project, and the buyers get valuable coupons for goods and services they would buy anyway.

Merchant tickets make fundraising easy and fun for kids, as well as making less work for parents and teachers.

Personalization

Merchant tickets are printed especially for you and your project. There is space not only for the merchant offer, but also for your school name, mascot, and information about why you’re raising money. Our expert designers create artwork that draws attention to your cause. You can choose from the five layouts that have already proven effective, or request a custom design.

Options

Choose booklets of 16, 48, 60, or 72 tickets. Each one is printed with the community offers your students have collected. You can choose perforated booklets, or save some money with the non-perforated version printed with dotted lines for easy cutting.

Easy to Carry

Merchant tickets are printed on #100 heavyweight cover stock, and they fold accordion-style. This makes it easy for students to carry it with them or store it in a locker. Students already have bulky backpacks and often times, musical instruments or sports equipment to also tote around. Merchant tickets are easy and fit in many places for maximum portability.

Value to the Donors

Parents and community members want to support the schools, but it become overwhelming with a lot of requests for products they can’t use or don’t want a lot of, such as chocolate bars. Merchant tickets offer actual savings from stores the buyers already frequent, and your supporters can use them as needed, all the while supporting your cause right away.

Good for the Students

This type of fundraising teaches a variety of skills.

  • Organization and Planning: The group has to meet in advance to determine which businesses they’re going to approach and which student will talk to which business.
  • Public Speaking: Students will need to prepare a presentation before approaching a business owner. They will have opportunities to improve their skills as they talk to more businesses.
  • Communication: Students learn the most effective ways to get their point across, and this isn’t just to businesses. Some businesses may politely decline participation. It’s important for students learn how to graciously deal with rejection.
  • Sales: A different type of presentation is required when students approach parents and community members with the merchant tickets. They learn to show the value in a short period of time.
  • Teamwork: Students work together to meet fundraising goals. They realize that none of them could do it alone, and that it truly does take a team to make things happen. It becomes less about them and more about an end goal that helps everyone.
  • Community Outreach: Approaching businesses helps students learn more about their communities and the people who live and work in them. They start to build relationships that could result in future jobs, references, internships, or job shadowing.

Summers seem to fly by rather quickly. Preparing for your Fall Fundraising campaigns now will alleviate the issue of time crunching when you’re suddenly into August, especially since the beginning of the school years are so busy. Regardless of what types of fundraisers you decide to put on, know that the added benefit—aside from raising funds—is that students will gain life skills that will help them become better citizens in their communities as a result of experiencing teamwork and community building in action through fundraising.