5 Life Skills Kids Can Learn From School Fundraisers

Like many private schools, Hampton Lutheran depends on the support of its families and community. One way that HLS raises money to provide a Christian education to children in the area is school fundraisers.

In the fall, HLS students participate in the Kleinhenn sales fundraiser. Kleinhenn products include greeting cards, gift items, cheeses, sausages, and other food items. The sale started in late September and runs until Oct. 14.

The money earned in the Kleinhenn sales goes to our activities fund to be used directly for the children. This year, we are setting aside some of it to use for the construction of an outdoor storage shed.

Fundraisers like the Kleinhenn sales are a great opportunity to help your kids develop some life skills as they work toward a goal, learn how to talk to adults, and practice basic math.

5 Life Skills Kids Learn Through School Fundraisers

As you help your kid with school fundraiser sales, look for opportunities to practice these five life skills.

1. Working toward a common goal

A school fundraiser is not just about who can sell the most. Students do receive small prizes for what they sell, but we want students to recognize the bigger reason for selling: Fundraisers are about working together for the common goal of raising money for the school. So much of life, especially for children, involves self-absorption. But a fundraiser—whether it be Kleinhenn sales, plant sales, or Scrip—is working for a purpose that involves everyone: the common good of HLS.

Talk with your kids about the importance of working together and supporting the school. Helping kids understand that their role in fundraising is important promotes ownership in their educational experience.

2. Setting goals and staying organized

Set a goal with your kid to reach during the fundraiser. It can be talking to a certain number of people about the fundraiser, a dollar amount you want to reach in sales, or a certain number of items sold.

Use the fundraiser as an opportunity to coach your kid through setting a reasonable goal, then working to reach that goal. Brainstorm which people your child wants to talk to about the fundraiser. Discuss times and places to meet those people. Then as your kid talks to people and asks them to support Hampton Lutheran through the fundraiser, encourage them to mark off their progress and measure how close they are to reaching their goal.

3. Talking to adults

Through school fundraisers, parents can encourage kids to talk to adults they know and have a conversation with them. Talking to adults can be intimidating for some kids, so use a school fundraiser as an opportunity to learn this life skill.

To help your kid get comfortable talking to adults, help them practice what to say in a conversation about the fundraiser. Have your child write down their pitch if it helps. Role-play and have your child start a conversation with you about the fundraiser so they can practice saying it out loud.

Then, have your child approach familiar adults (like family members) and ask them if they’d like to support the school fundraiser. Once your child grows comfortable with this, encourage your child to challenge themselves by talking to adults they might not know as well as family members. It can be scary, but learning to talk to adults confidently is an important skill for kids to learn. School fundraisers are a great opportunity for that.

You can also use the fundraiser selling as an opportunity to talk to your child about safety. A child should never go out alone to sell door to door and talk to strangers they don’t know. Make Kleinhenn sales a family project when going door to door, and prioritize sales with family and friends.

4. Persuasion

Asking people to support a school fundraiser is also a great way for kids to practice their persuasion skills. Learning how to confidently ask and persuade people to help is a great skill for kids to learn. To practice persuasive pitches, help your child write out or practice what they will say to adults when they’re asking about the fundraiser. Suggest that your child adds in a joke or a personal comment to connect more with the people they’re talking to.

5. Math skills

Recording sales requires some basic math skills, including counting money and adding the prices of items. Let your child do as much of the work as their age and capability allows. Use fundraiser sales to teach your kid the skills that may be involved in a real job someday. 

Your child will need to collect the money, tally it, write down the order on their form, and keep everything together until they turn it in. Encourage your child to practice adding up the total price if they’re old enough. (It may be wise to take a calculator to double-check the math.) Let your kid help count out the money when people pay in cash.

School fundraisers are a great time to practice these life skills with your kids. And as you practice them and raise money for the school, remember to thank God for the material blessings that He gives us everyday.

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