I wanted to share a couple of awesome ideas that our preschool has done lately. One is a fundraiser for the school and the other was just a super fun and educational day for the kids.
Every year our preschool does Transportation Day, and it has become a huge community event. They ask businesses to bring in different types of transportation to the school parking lot for the community families to explore. So they had basic things like a school bus, ambulance and fire truck. But they also had a cable truck with the bucket lift, a boat, jet skis, a moving van and crazy collectible cars.
The highlight of Transportation Day is a medivac helicopter that lands at the school in the morning. The kids all get there early to see it land. Then they get to sit in it and have their pictures taken wearing the flight helmet. (Let’s hope no one had lice.)
So all of that part is free to bring the people in but then they have carnival type games, a petting zoo, cake walk and really fantastic raffle baskets to bid on. The parents in the preschool provide all the stuff for the baskets and cake walk. There also are food trucks and the entertainment provided by local dance groups and musicians.
The local newspaper reported that 4,000 people showed up on that Saturday morning. I haven’t asked how much they made on it but I bet it was a lot.
The kids thought it was so much fun. The community really looks forward to it, and the school made a boatload of money.
The second event was Bike Safety Day. All the kids brought their helmets and bikes or scooters to school. The school had a bunch of policemen come in and talk to the kids all about bike safety. Then they went out and rode a course to practice their new skills and have fun. The kids just loved it. They adored bringing their bikes to the preschool and showing all their friends they could ride. My 5-year-old told us all about practicing looking both ways and riding with her friends.
What are some favorite events or fundraisers at your schools or preschools?