School fundraisers: earn green by being green

It’s that time of year again: the school fundraising craze.

Districts across the country, feeling the restraint of budget cuts, start searching for ways to fund the activities schools want and need to keep traditions intact.

What happens more often than not, though, is that there’s nothing “green” or healthy about what the students are encouraged to peddle. From magazine subscriptions that may not even be read, to giant tubs of cookie dough, these fundraisers have a lot of parents and school districts searching for healthier, more sustainable alternatives.

In the Phoenix area, Topline Foods provides schools with restaurant-quality, all-natural and organic foods that are conveniently packaged and affordably priced. For each order placed via a school’s order page, the company will give back 10 percent, plus an additional 4 percent for each returning family. So a school with 1,000 students could earn $5,000 or more in a year.

Tanaka Farms in Irvine, CA gives schools the opportunity to buy a share in a CSA (community supported agriculture) as a way to raise money. Each family that signs up sends money back to the school and fresh fruits and vegetables to their homes. The students are even invited to visit the farm with a chance to pick their own produce.

California Fresh Fundraisers offers fresh citrus fruits from December to April. Orders are taken at schools and produce is delivered in bulk, with a portion going back to the school.

Another alternative is the tried and true walk-a-thon, which has almost no upfront costs, can be held on campus and is a great way to get students moving and motivated.

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Healthier ideas for school fundraisers” –Yahoo! Green

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