Share the love and boost your fundraising this Valentine's Day (14th February)! PTAs can easily get involved in this hallmark event of the year. Take a look at these ideas to help your PTA raise some extra funds:
1. Bake sale
Simple Valentine’s cakes or cookies will go down a treat. If it’s a cold day you could even sell hot chocolate and marshmallows too – both parents and kids will love it!
2. Valentines crafts
Get the children involved in creating some wonderful Valentines crafts that can be sold to fundraise – such as bracelets, fingerprints made into hearts, ‘reasons why I love you’ gift jar, hats, lollipop butterflies and more. Take a look at our Pinterest board for more ideas.
3. Dress up day
Charge £1 for children to come into school dressed in red/pink or Valentine-themed outfits. It doesn’t get much simpler!
4. Post box
Run a gift shop and postal service with either cards or small gifts that children can send anonymously from one to another. Make special Valentine’s stamps – or just a fixed postage card. Some PTAs ensure that every child gets a little something.
5. Valentines auction/raffle
Solve Valentine’s gift dilemmas whilst raising funds. Ask local businesses to donate some appropriate gifts such as champagne, restaurant vouchers, jewellery, cinema tickets, and a night at a hotel. Ask parents to buy raffle tickets or alternatively list the items and let parents bid as part of a silent auction.
A disco with a red or hearts theme. Decorate with red balloons and serve all sorts of Valentine-themed drinks and snacks – red velvet cupcakes for example! Older children may prefer the subtlety of a masked ball and you can award prizes for the best outfit, mask or crazy hairdo.
7. Love bug drive
Like your typical beetle drive but change it to a ‘Love Bug’ and you’ve got the perfect Valentine’s Day game.
8. Valentine's quiz
Put together a Valentine’s Day quiz – find out who St. Valentine really was and why Valentine’s Day exists!
9. Film night
Choose a film with themes of love and friendship for all ages – Shrek is a good example! Make sure it appeals to everyone. Alternatively choose a film to show as a date night for parents. Read more about organising a film night here.
10. Pamper evening
Organise a ladies pamper evening and tell all the parents they could buy it for their partner as the perfect Valentine’s treat!