toomanyhats - don't scare them with those volunteer numbers! We did our spellathon last year with three volunteers, the PTO President, a first grade mom and I operating the entire event - from acting silly on the in-house morning news broadcast to counting money and making deposits and it was cake! The kids earned gift certificates that a local quality toy store and the mall donated - we didn't spend a thing on the incentives - and we had the printing donated. We made four times more money than ever was raised in the past - what was the difference you ask??? We got everyone excited to reach for the moon and we kept the excitement going with surprise give-aways and messages home. This year we're going to ask that pledges come in the form of sponorships rather then per-word pledges. Some people pledge a penny a word and that's a strong message back to the kids that their efforts aren't worth much. Sponsorships will be at set levels and depend primarily on the effort the child puts into doing well rather than percentage right. I can go on and on but am limiting my chatter - click on my profile and send an email for further information - I've had so many PTOs contact me I am putting together a "how-to packet" ... maybe I should turn that into a fund raiser for the school ---
toomanyhats - I know it's you! Good luck with your silent auction
!!! She spent the time to share her ideas which gave us the know-how to operate a very profitable silent auction last year...it feels great when two PTOs in the same district can network /learn from each other. We work together so all the children benefit! Cooperation/networking is important between PTOs - parents need to work together to be even more successful with PTO/school events.
[This message has been edited by ColoradoPTOmom (edited 11-04-2000).]