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Alternatives to Selling Candy for Schools, Sports and Clubs 

Candy, baked efforts, soda and other foods with little nutritional value are commonly used for fund-raising. This sends the message to students that the School District views money as being more important than their students' health. It compromises classroom learning by sending contradictory nutrition messages taught in the classroom. It contributes to poor health by adding unnecessary calories and encourages students to consume less nutrient dense foods over to healthier choices. Increasing obesity rates among children are resulting in serious health consequences, such as increased incidence of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, low self-esteem, poor body image and isolation. 

Adopting a policy of healthy fund-raising result in: 

● Healthier kids who learn better as research demonstrates that good nutrition is linked to better behavior and academic performance. 

● Delivery of consistent health messages because fund-raising with healthy foods and non-food items demonstrates a school commitment to promoting healthy behaviors and supports lessons learned in the classroom rather than contradicts them. 

● Promoting a healthy school environment by providing students with reliable health information and the opportunity to practice it. 

Ideas for healthy fund-raising: 

Items you can sell: 

  • Activity cards 
  • Activity theme bags
  • Air fresheners
  • Balloon bouquets
  • Bath accessories
  • Batteries
  • Books, calendars 
  • Brick/stone/tile memorials 
  • Bumper stickers 
  • Buttons, pins 
  • Candles 
  • Christmas ornaments 
  • Christmas trees 
  • Coffee cups, mugs 
  • Cookbooks 
  • Cookbook of easy and healthy 
  • After school snacks 
  • Crafts 
  • Coupon books 
  • Customized stickers 
  • Emergency kits for cars 
  • Elephant rides 
  • First aid kits 
  • Flea markets 
  • Flowers and bulbs 
  • Foot warmers 
  • Football game shout-outs 
  • Football seats
  • Frisbees 
  • Garage sale 
  • Garden seeds 
  • Giant coloring books 
  • Gift baskets
  • Gift certificates
  • Gift items
  • Gift wrap, boxes and bags
  • Greeting cards
  • Hats
  • Holiday decorations
  • Holiday ornaments
  • Holiday party decorations
  • Holiday wreaths
  • House decorations
  • Insettias 
  • Jewelry 
  • Kitchenware 
  • License plate frames/ accessories holders with school logo 
  • Lotions and soaps 
  • Lunch box auctions 
  • Magazine subscriptions 
  • Megaphones 
  • Mistletoe 
  • Monograms 
  • Music, videos, CDs 
  • Mugs 
  • Newspaper space, ads 
  • Personalized stationary 
  • Pet treats/toys/accessories 
  • Picture frames 
  • Plants 
  • Pocket calendars 
  • Pre-paid phone cards 
  • Raffle donations 
  • Raffles or gift baskets 
  • Rent a special parking space 
  • Scarves 
  • School art drawings 
  • School Frisbees 
  • School spirit gear and accessories 
  • Scratch off cards 
  • Sell/rent wishes 
  • Souvenir cups 
  • Sprit/seasonal flags 
  • Stadium pillows 
  • Stationary 
  • Student directories 
  • Stuffed animals 
  • Temporary/henna tattoos 
  • T-shirts, sweatshirts 
  • Tupperware 
  • Valentine's Day flowers 
  • Yearbook covers 
  • Yearbook graffiti 
  • Yearbook space/monograms

Healthy Foods: 

  • Frozen bananas 
  • Fruit and nut baskets 
  • Fruit smoothies and fruit juice based slush 
  • Fruit and vegetable baskets 
  • Fruit and yogurt parfaits 
  • Lunch box auctions 
  • Nuts 
  • Popcorn 
  • Fresh and exotic fruit 
  • Trail mix 

Custom Merchandise you can sell: 

  • Bumper stickers/decal 
  • Calendars 
  • Cookbook made by school 
  • Key chains 
  • Logo air fresheners 
  • Magnets 
  • Pens, pencils, erasers 
  • Scratch off cards 
  • T-shirts/sweat shirts 

Activities Supporting Academics: 

  • Read-A-Thon 
  • Science Fair 
  • Spelling Bee 


  • Arts and crafts sales
  • Auction
  • Basketball tournaments 
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Bike-a-thons
  • Bowling night
  • Carnivals
  • Car washes
  • Coupons for domestic chores 
  • Family bingo nights 
  • Family/glamour portraits 
  • Festivals 
  • Fun runs
  • Gift wrapping
  • Golf tournament
  • "Hire a student day" (for odd jobs with proceeds going to the school)
  • Jog-a-thons
  • Jump rope-a-thons
  • Magic show
  • Milk mustache photos
  • Raffles
  • Read-a-thons 
  • Recycle cans/paper/ink cartridges 
  • Rent-a-teen-day (rake leaves, leaves, mow lawn, wash dog, household chores, etc) 
  • School plays 
  • Science fair 
  • Seasonal "Message Grams" 
  • Services (lawn care, housecleaning) 
  • Silent auctions 
  • Singing telegrams 
  • Skate-a-thons 
  • Skate night 
  • "Hire a student day" (for odd jobs with proceeds going to the school)
  • Talent shows 
  • Tennis/horseshoe competition 
  • Treasure hunt 
  • Walk-a-thons 
  • Workshops/classes