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Flower Sales Kent Island
High School
Stevensville, MD

What's the Big Idea?
Sell flowers before school dances! Every year, carnations are sold the week before Homecoming, Prom, Valentine's Day, and winter break. Students pay two dollars to have a carnation delivered to the student of their choice; if they wanted to deliver the flowers themselves, it was only a dollar. The flowers were sold on lunch shifts from Monday to Thursday, and then delivered on Friday.

It's proven to be a steady, reliable fundraiser for Kent Island, bolstered by some creative advertising. The students write and perform silly skits advertising the flowers that are shown during the morning video announcements.

Tips to take to the bank...
Tips to take to the bank... •   Take advantage of demand. Buying flowers from a real florist is often expensive, so this fundraiser is an opportunity for students who might not be able to afford a bouquet for their date to the dance - and the money goes to benefit the school. Try to come up with ways to take advantage of built-in demand like school dances, graduation, or other events.

•   Advertise outside the box. Most flyers won't grab as much attention as a funny, well-written skit. If you're having trouble coming up with ideas, take a look at ads in magazines or on TV and see how they do it.

•   Price matters. In this case, the students decided to charge more for delivery. Most of the time, prices should go up as your costs do - but in this case, students were delivering the flowers for free, so it was all increased profit. Think about how you want prices at your fundraisers to work, and where most of your costs will be.

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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