I guess we are lucky in that the company that we use (www.gntinc.com
) provides quite a bit of incentives to our students.
Their program gives some type of basic gift to everyone who sells 1 item. (this coming year they are giving a scented eraser PLUS a digital cookbook for the families). Then the levels go up by increments of 5 items and they get more and more items. If they sell 30 items, the student also receives a $50 Restaurant.com gift card plus a bunch of smaller items.
In addition, every class that has 50% participation gets a Magazine reward for the teacher PLUS an ice cream party (due to the wellness policy in our district, we simply have to purchase these treates through our cafeteria).
This upcoming year, though, we want to increase participation (currently about 12% of our students participate). Our student population typically sees a larger participation in the 5th grade and 6th grade and very minimal participation in the 7th and 8th grade. We are going to try a few things in addition to the rewards from our supplying company that will hopefully yied a larger participation rate.
We will be trying:
-sell one item get a pass to the front of the lunch line for one day. (this is big deal in our school because the students must enter the cafeteria, sit at their assigned seat, and wait to be called when their entire row is quiet)
-sell 5 items get a pass to eat with your favorite teacher for the day. (date will be determined at a future time)
Some other ideas could include: no homework pass, funky dress day, popcorn for the playground. There are lots of ideas with this one.
You could also auction off a "principal of the day" to participants who sell "x" number of items. Or what about reading of the morning announcements, kicking off a pep rally?
While gift certificates and cash are always king to this demographic, that eats into your profits if you can't get the company to foot the bill. You could ask local companies in your area to donate products/services that you could raffle. It's a tax write off for them, and helps build community involvement. Our local bowling alley, mini golf, pizza shops, movie theaters are usually more than willing to help out when asked.