Raise some money with the help of some barnyard animals!
North Caroline's class of 2005 organized a petting zoo in conjunction
with their area's yearly Strawberry Festival. It only cost a dollar
to see a Shetland pony, a dairy goat, a spotted rabbit, and a gaggle
of ducklings. The zoo provided an easy way for parents to get some
downtime, as the animals were a huge draw for little kids.
all of the animals in the zoo belonged to the class secretary
- the goat was on loan from her neighbor. The enclosures that
kept the animals from running off were donated by the community,
too, so all of the fundraiser's costs were covered right from
the beginning. It was quite a success!
to your strengths. Think about what unique skills and
resources your school and your fellow students have that
could make an interesting fundraiser - and what might not
work. If you live in Baltimore City, for example, borrowing
a goat from your neighbor might be a losing proposition.
But no matter where you live, there are a bunch of possibilities
you can pursue. Be creative!
the weather. Whenever you plan an outdoors event, you
have to keep in mind that the weather might turn bad, which
will really put a damper on business. Think about having
a rain date, or maybe make arrangements for tents or other
coverings that will keep you and your customers dry.
control. There's nothing worse than an out-of-control
petting zoo. Even if you aren't planning to mix ponies and
little kids, there are often things that could ruin your
fundraiser if they get out of hand. Think about setting a
few ground rules that will keep the big day running smoothly.
Lady of the Rosary High School had a lemonade stand at a
community Polish ethnic festival.