Post # 1
We have no PTA and it’s a pretty poor school. me and Fiance are lucky-we have great jobs and are ok. We live here because it’s a cheap price and a safe area. A lot of parents around us are not so lucky.
Every year they have a christmas pagent, and though almost every parent goes, there are no decorations or refreshments. Some parents don’t even have trees of their own.
Me and another mom decided it would be great to decoate the Cafateria with decorated trees, then hold a raffle at the end of the night (either free or .25 a ticket) to give them away to the local families. The principal loved it and we got the OK
It’s only me and one other parent. We’re trying to go arround the community and get donations for decoations for the christmas pagent. Me and the other parent are going to buy some fresh trees from Kmart ($15 each), but we’re stumped at where else to go.
We made flyers and put them arround our apartments, and placed an add on craigslist. Anyone else have any ideas on what to do?
Also, cheap decor ideas are welcome! If we get nothing and it;s just us-we’re still going to make it feel amazing!
Post # 3
Dollar store is your friend! Cheap decorations!
Post # 4
Definitely try Dollar Tree, or searching for easy DIY types of things online to make out of household items. Also, try CVS and Walgreens- around the holidays, they always have tons of decorations and candy for cheap!
Post # 5
Do you have a Christmas Tree Shop around you? I bought SOOO many decorations there when I was decorating my first apartment.
Post # 6
http://freecycle.org see if there is a Freecycle in your community or one nearby. People post things to give away all the time in my community, and christmas decorations are always up for grabs.
Each community freecycle group has its own rules and procedures for asking for gifts, so be sure to read any FAQ carefully before posting.
Post # 7
Update your Craigslist ad as often as you are allowed. Make sure you include the information that it is for the school. I would give you my old decorations if you lived nearby.
Can you ask the school if each class could make a decoration as an art project?
You could do one tree with paper snowflakes,
one with decorations made from sheet music
or pages from old books
gather toys from thrift shops and spray paint them gold
and never forget the ornaments made from pasta
Post # 8
@MissFireFlower: I assume that since you indicated that the families of the children arn’t very fotunate, you obviously don’t want the children to take a flyer and solicit potential donations from their parents, right? So I would focus on asking the teachers/staff for a few dollars. What about posting flyers at the school, including it in the newsletter to teachers, or have the principal make an announcement to teachers to see if they would like to donate? Or, do the classes have class moms? You can try to solicit donations from them?
Also remeber to make it tangable, by providing the big picture; like if there are 50 teachers/staff at the school write on your signs that “if everyone gives $2 that is $100 for refreshments and decorations for needy families!” See how that sounds more like a group initiative vs. saying “donate a few dollars”
Also put your drive information on your facebook page, that way friends and family outside of your child’s school can have the opprotunity to give.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone for all the great ideas! I’m really excited to do this. We are coming in on budget for the wedding, bought all the christmas gifts, and have a bit of extra cash that we were going to blow on video games and other nonsence things.
There are a few things we could have splurdged on (like more for flowers, or chiavari chairs or something) but I’m really glad to be doing this project for the school. I love giving back to the community and I’m so happy to be helping local needy families.