FUNDRAISING – Personalised products


It may be tricky to take the conventional class photos for your school calendar, so why not run a competition instead? Ask children to submit pictures of things they’ve seen and done over the past few months. It may be a piece of artwork they’re proud of, a meal they’ve cooked, or even a photo of their cat. Make it interactive by posting the entries on

social media and ask followers to ‘like’ their favourites. Use the 12 top images or make a composite picture of them all and get the

calendars produced by a local PERSONAL MAKE IT

Selling products printed with children’s artwork or a school logo is easy to set up and manage. Here are some popular options


rinted personalised products make a fantastic festive fundraiser, producing special Christmas presents for family

and friends. Run it alongside a Christmas card project, or instead of a gift room. For designs involving children’s artwork you’ll need to enlist the help of teachers or parents to create the artwork, but otherwise it’s relatively quick and easy to run – and, unlike many events, complies with social distancing measures.

Recipe books Home cooks and bakers have thrived

in lockdown. Ask your community to

submit their favourite new or perfected recipes. Compile them into your school’s own lockdown recipe book, splitting up recipes into starters mains and puddings, and sub-categories such as meat, fi sh and veggie. Get pupils to create colourful illustrations for each recipe. Try asking a local printer to quote for the job, taking payments in advance to avoid any losses. Depending on how much you pay, you may be able to sell them for double the cost price. Get a recommendation for a local printer on our county Facebook groups at

printer. Winners can receive a voucher, a book or a copy of the calendar as a prize. Alternatively, send artwork to Countryside Art ( and it will produce a calendar with up to 30 drawings per page, ideal for a self-portrait of each class member.

Aprons Perfect on their own, or alongside a

recipe book fundraiser, personalised aprons make a great gift. Print the school logo, a compilation of self-portraits, or create a unique funky design. Class Fundraising (, Stuart Morris ( and Countryside Art all print aprons in both child and adult sizes, so all family members can have one.

Reusable bags Reusable bags are a practical way

to encourage eco-awareness through your PTA. The Natural Bag Company (naturalbagcompany. offers jute bags in different sizes that can be printed in any colour. Stuart Morris’s cotton or canvas bags can be produced with up to 80 portraits on each side or tailormade to each child’s individual design. Class Fundraising doesn’t charge extra to print both sides of its eco-bags. For a twist on a classic, Countryside Art offers peg bags and carrier-bag tidies too, which might be a good option if you’ve sold reusable bags in recent years. AUTUMN 2020 35

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