We did it! Right before Thanksgiving my classroom hosted our 15th (I think) annual Classroom Open House. A few years ago we added the cake auction fundraiser to the event. It was a huge success! With this activity, students deliver invitations to their friends and family. They take invitations to those in the building. Invitations are given to community members. Plus, students send email invites to a variety of people.
We had a western theme for the event this year. The students had a lot of fun in getting everything ready. The adults enjoyed it but were exhausted at the end of the day. Our classroom open house is always held during the school day. It is always held on our last day before Thanksgiving break. The hope is that people will be more wiling to buy desserts, since they will be needed for family events over the holiday.
We invite everyone to stop by for lunch between 11:00-1:00. (This year we fed everyone soup beans and fried potatoes.) The cake/dessert auction goes from 9:00-2:00. A minimum $5 start bid is set on each item, and the cakes must be picked up by the end of the day. This has worked out well! All auction items are donated. There were three full tables of cakes to be auctioned off! Everything sold!
This works! We had many items donated and lots of visitors stopping by to bid on something. This is the only fundraiser we do during the school year. It takes a lot of preparation. Plus, one crazy day of people in and out. Although, the end result is wonderful! We have enough money to take our monthly CBI/transition trips and students do not need to bring money from home.
That is always the goal. Students need to be able to be involved in their community without it becoming a burden on their parents. We have met this goal. We saw lots of people and earned some money, and of course we have a lot of fun!
For more information on this activity, view a previous post on the open house.