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Apple Fritters Glenelg High School
Glenelg, MD

What's the Big Idea?
Sell apple fritters! Students at Glenelg High School decided to work with a nearby farm that operated a seasonal apple fritter stand. Students ran the stand for a weekend, making fritters from scratch: peeling and slicing apples from the farm, deep-frying them, and sprinkling powdered sugar on them. They were allowed to keep the money they raised selling what they made.

Saturday, the first day of the sale, went smoothly. There were more than enough student workers, and business was brisk. An assembly-line approach to making the apple fritters kept things on track. Sunday, though, was a harder day because the weather turned cold and rainy, which meant fewer customers.

Overall, the fundraiser was a success. The fritters raised a respectable amount of money, and the farm owners wrote a letter to Glenelg praising the students' professionalism.

Tips to take to the bank...
Tips to take to the bank... •   Collaboration can save a lot of time. Partnering with a local business the way Glenelg did has many benefits. Much of the hard work is already done for you: the business has already worked out how to make money, and probably can offer you advice on what problems are likely to come up, too. Think about whether there are any local businesses that might be interested in partnering with you. It's great publicity for them.

•   Sign-up sheets exist for a reason. On Sunday, the students ran into trouble because there weren't enough people to run the stand effectively. A sign-up sheet not only helps you make sure you have enough people for your fundraiser, but when people sign their name, they'll feel a little more obligated to show up.

•   Training is important. If you're planning to sell freshly-made food, take a few minutes to make sure everyone knows what's going on. It's tough to stop in the middle of things to explain how to do something.

There's more than one way to do it

•   Arundel Senior High School held a bake sale outside a local business.

•   Our Lady of the Rosary High School ran a lemonade stand at a local Polish ethnic festival.

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