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College Expo Charles Herbert Flowers High School
Springdale, MD

What's the Big Idea?
Organize a college expo for your school! Not only can you raise money by charging a small admission fee, it's also a great way to encourage students at your school to prepare for college. Talking with admissions representatives from different colleges is a lot more hands-on than browsing through brochures and course catalogs.

The class of 2004 added a twist on the college expo concept by targeting theirs toward seniors who had already applied to college and were starting to prepare for college life. They held a dorm decorating contest to help students start thinking about what to pack for next fall, sold donated concessions at a "study break café," and even had a fashion show!

Tips to take to the bank...
Tips to take to the bank... •   Spice up your idea! A college expo - or any other generic idea - isn't very exciting by itself. Brainstorm ways to make your fundraiser idea fresh and interesting.

•   Know your market. Holding a college expo is tricky in some ways. Freshmen and sophomores may not be thinking about college yet - but their parents probably are. Reaching them will be key to making a college expo a success.

•   Think outside the building. Marketing your event to other students and schools in the area means a huge increase in your potential audience.

There's more than one way to do it

•   Stephen Decatur High School sold school spirit T-shirts for Homecoming Week.

•   Laurel High School sold student photos in a fundraiser they called Friends and Photos.

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