Students, Music is Good for Your Soul and Grades!

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Learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. It’s important for high school students to develop interest and involvement in the marching band, symphony, orchestra or other concerts because music learning supports all learning. Making music involves more than the voice or fingers playing an instrument – a child learning about music must tap into multiple skill sets simultaneously.

Teachers and educators can help prepare their students to be future artists, audiences and patrons of the arts by putting on their very own concert. We offer tickets you can design yourself, tickets for reserved seating, and even tickets with security foil. If you plan to incorporate your concert performance into a fun fall or holiday carnival, you can use our concert wristbands. You can announce your concert to the entire school and community by using our beautiful design it yourself posters too.

It’s been proven that children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in some form of musical activity. Furthermore, research shows that music is to the brain as physical exercise is to the body. Music tones the brain for auditory fitness!

Participating in the high school symphony, band or orchestra could increase your child’s chance of graduating, as well as increase their scores in English and Math. Learning and mastering a musical instrument improves the way the brain breaks down and understands human language, making music students more apt to pick up a second language.

However, it’s important not to oversell how smart participating in music can make your child. The real goal should be to help your child become more musical, which will in turn make them more interesting, happy and the smarts will follow. By learning to appreciate all aspects of music, and to respect the process of learning new things such as how to sing or to play an instrument, your child will without a doubt become a better student.

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7 Ways to Fundraise for Your Summer Camp Program + Advertising Tips

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If you are an organization that offers summer camp programs for children, now is the optimal time to start thinking of advertising and fundraising options. The kiddos will be out of school for summer break in a few short weeks – which means parents are already making their list of summer camp options. It doesn’t matter what type of summer camp program your organization offers, the goal is always the same, to give children a fun place to enjoy the summer while being supervised, giving parents the peace of mind they need to go to work. The second part of that goal of course, is to bring money in for your organization. April is the perfect time to start looking at your fundraising and advertising options, this way you can ensure that you have enough children attending your program to keep it in business for the upcoming summers. Read on for my 7 favorite ways to fund-raise and advertise for your summer camp program and get started today.

#1: Bookmark Bonanza

It doesn’t matter what kind of summer camp program you have – if it is fun and people know about it, you will get children enrolled. I recommend ordering personalized bookmarks with the activities that your summer camp has to offer, along with your organization’s contact information. You can give these bookmarks to all of the local schools and children’s libraries in your area – it’s a great way to get your program in front of parents and children alike.

#2: Magnetic Personality

Much like bookmarks, personalized magnets are always a great form of advertising and fundraising. Almost everyone will put a good looking magnet on their refrigerator – and when yours has information about your popular summer camp program, parents will hold on to it, knowing they are going to need a summer camp come June. You can give these magnets to schools, day care centers and local children’s gyms and music classes to stick to the entryway of their office or any other magnetic surface. Parents can pick one up as they drop their child off to class, taking it home to stick it on their refrigerator.

#3: A Year’s Worth of Memories

Once you have children enrolled in your program, a great way to raise funds for your organization is by selling goodies that the parents can’t turn down. I love the idea of having someone snap photos of the children having an amazing time at your summer camp, then using those photos to create personalized calendars that can be sold to the parents at the end of the summer. Not only is it a great way to raise funds for your organization – it’s a fun way for the children to have a memento of their summer camp experience. Parents can hang the calendar in their home and hopefully it will remind them all year long to sign up for your summer camp again next year!

#4: Loud and Clear

If your organization hosts a sports themed summer camp, a great way to fund-raise is by hosting a big game at the end of the summer. For example, if your organization hosts a soccer camp, bring all of the children back for a big tournament at the end of the summer. Invite your students’ friends and family members to attend the game and offer personalized megaphones to cheer on their favorite players. You can of course also include raffles and sell food and drink to further your fundraising efforts.

#5: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

If there is one thing that every parent loves – it’s a great photo of their child. During your summer camp have someone snap a few pictures of each child having a wonderful time. Then, at the end of the camp, ask the children to put together a personalized photo frame to give to their parents. You can add your organizations name and contact information to the photo frame and as it is displayed in their child’s bedroom all year, your organization will stay fresh in the minds’ of the parents all year long.

#6: Roll with It

To get the word about your summer camp out to even more people, consider wrapping your car with a giant vinyl sticker. The sticker of course will provide all of the information about your summer camp, including activities and contact information. Depending on how much driving you do each day, you can get your organization in front of thousands of people. You could even hire individuals to place a giant sticker on their car, furthering your efforts.

#7: Memory Lane

One of my favorite ways for children to remember all of the fun they had all summer is through journaling. Your organization could order personalized notepads to be given to each child at the beginning of summer camp. Then, give the children a few minutes at the end of camp each day to write about all of the fun that they had. Parents will always keep a journal that their child wrote in, it is a personal keepsake that will be cherished forever – and lucky for you, this one will be branded with your organizations information.

YOUR TURN: How does your organization fund-raise and advertise your summer camp programs? Please share your tips below!

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7 Ways to Turn Your School’s Spring Fling into a Fundraising Machine

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Springtime is right around the corner and with it comes Spring Fling. Spring Fling is a fun social event celebrated by many colleges and universities. It consists of a series of events organized by different student groups or Greek Life members. The activities range from sporting events to carnivals and usually culminates with a big dance at the end of the day. If your school is planning to celebrate Spring Fling, it is the perfect opportunity to raise funds for your school or a local charity. Doing so is easier than you might think, read on for my 7 favorite ways to turn your school’s spring fling into a fundraising machine this year.

#1: Get Donations

To start, I recommend connecting with local businesses and school sponsors to collect donations. The organizations can either donate funds directly to your charity or they can provide items that will be essential to the success of your Spring Fling. For example, they could donate paper supplies, food, items to give away at raffles or even a space to host the Spring Fling.

#2: Sell Tickets

A great place to internally start to raise funds is by selling tickets to the Spring Fling. You can choose tickets with stubs to be used for a raffle later on in the day, plus they make fun keepsakes. Or, if your school is hosting a carnival as part of Spring Fling, you could sell roll tickets for not only admission but food, beverages or carnival rides or games.

#3: Marketing is Key

A great way to market your upcoming Spring Fling is through goal posters. You can customize each poster to include the name and date of the event, along with the day’s activities and the goal amount that you are trying to raise for your school. Posters can be hung all over the campus and in local shops, inviting students and the community to the big event!

#4: Announce Your Goal

A great way to show students, facility, staff, and the community the amount that your school is trying to raise during Spring Fling is with a giant thermometer. It could be displayed in the main entrance of the campus or outside where everyone passing by will see the progress. Just remember to update the dollar amount as your donations start to roll in.

#5: Special Delivery

When I was in college, a sorority offered a paid gift delivery service to raise funds during Spring Fling. For a certain dollar amount, you could have either a rose, candy bar or balloon delivered to that special someone by a girl in the sorority. You could take this idea a step further and personalize each gift by allowing the person who is sending the delivery to customize a gift tag to go along with the treat.

#6: Silent Auctions and Raffles

Whether you choose to host a silent auction or a raffle is completely up to you. Silent auctions are great for big-ticket items that will be popular, causing a bidding war. Raffles are great because almost everyone can afford to purchase a raffle ticket or two. Both of these activities will equal big bucks for your charity at the end of the event. By using a stubbed ticket for your silent auctions and raffles, you can collect the individuals names, phone numbers and email addresses to add to your mailing list.

#7: Make a Loud Statement

If part of your Spring Fling is a sporting event, consider selling customized megaphones in the bleachers. Not only are they a lot of fun for everyone (kids and adults alike!) but they will yield a pretty penny when it comes to raising funds for your charity. Plus, it’s just a fun keepsake  from what is sure to be a memorial college activity!

How does your school celebrate Spring Fling?

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