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Schools scramble for PTA fundraising ideas in the new economy

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Schools scramble for PTA fundraising ideas in the new economy

As PTA parents and members get ready for the new school year many are scrambling for fundraiser  ideas. “Fundraising is on our minds all year long.” Said Mary of the Ridgewood PTA. She continues, “ either we raise the funds or the kids do without.”

This sentimentality is expressed by parent teachers and coaches nationwide. But who is to blame? There is no bad guy in the situation. The facts are that Schools don’t have the funding. Budget cuts across the board and unfortunately, it is the art, music and sports programs usually are negatively affected.

What does this mean?

  • Without proper funding, school playgrounds won’t be maintained and equipment won’t be upgraded a needed.
  • New library books will not be purchased.
  • Student computers may not be repaired and replaced.

Simply put without these funds there will be a lot of disappointed students. 

So what’s a parent to do?

Joe Wolpin of fundraisingzone.com tells us, “Parents do whatever it takes to help their kids have the best school experience possible. In fact, We work with great parents from all walks of life that refuse to quit. Whether it’s School band or local softball team, it doesn’t really matter. These PTA moms and dads don’t want their kids to do without. So they Find ways to raise money in the community.”  

So what is working right now? 

There is no end to fundraising ideas for PTA organizations. From car washes to popcorn sales – and everything in between.

Barbara from the home school PTA in Bloomingburg NY shares this tip. “ You want to make sure your fundraising count. There are a limited number of people you can ask to make a donation. And there is a limit to how often they will donate. So choose your fundraiser wisely.”

This is only common sense. Veteran school fundraisers like Barbara know the importance of holding fundraising campaigns that are affordable and profitable. With higher inflation in this new economy people are tightening their belts. There is less money at the end of the month. This means they may not be able to donate as much money as they used to. This is something that PTA parents need to keep in mind. 

Here is a checklist to help you make your decision on what fundraiser to run this year. 

  • Is it affordable for most of the families in our community?
  • Is it fun so people want to participate?
  • Is there a track record of success with this event? In other words has the school successfully done this already ready? Or has another school or team had success with this idea?
  • Is it profitable? The higher the profit margin the less you have to sell.

Amanda from the Maple PTA club shares this valuable tip. “Don’t fall into the trap of getting bored with a proven fundraiser event. The PTA forums are Full of parents that are tired of doing the same fundraisers each year… Even though they were successful.”

There is a pop culture phrase for this. It is called “Shiny Object syndrome”. In other words they’re always looking for the next best thing that is new in exciting. Sadly many we’ve proven school fundraisers to try something new that is not as profitable.

The lesson? Stick with proven winners!  It Will be interesting to see how the new economy affects schools and their fundraising efforts

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What do you need to remember when designing your new kitchen

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What do you need to remember when designing your new kitchen

For many people, having a new kitchen is one of the most exhilarating parts of building a new log or timber home. It is not surprising considering how much time is spent on them. The kitchen is a very important part of the house and should be given time and research to ensure it functions comfortably and efficiently. Here are some design considerations to keep in mind when planning your new kitchen.

Cabinet height

No matter your height, it is important that your kitchen cabinets comfortably accommodate you. Base cabinets are typically 36 inches tall, but many manufacturers offer the ability to adjust the height of the base cabinets to best suit your needs. Wall cabinets also come in a variety of heights, so be sure to select a cabinet that will allow you easy access to all shelves. Even if you choose a standard height cabinet, you can adjust the placement of wall cabinets to better suit your height.

Appliances

There is a wide range of kitchen appliances available on the market, from basic to commercial-grade and everything in between. You’ll want to select the size and type of appliance that best suits your needs. For example, if you have a large family or entertain often, you may want to opt for a commercial-size fridge or oven. On the other hand, if you live alone or have a small space, apartment-size appliances may be a better fit. Other options to consider include warming drawers, steamers and other specialty products.

Storage

One of the reasons people often renovate their kitchens is for increased storage. As you design your kitchen, carefully consider what needs to be stored there. For example, do you need space for five mixers? How much food storage do you require? Would you like a special area for Grandma’s china? If you can make a list of everything that needs to be stored and why, you can ensure that your design will include all the right elements.

Function

Although an aesthetically pleasing kitchen is important, it is essential that the kitchen also functions well for your family’s lifestyle. If you entertain often, having extra space for guests to help prepare food or an open layout between the kitchen and adjacent room would be ideal. If your family typically eats meals in the kitchen, be sure to include seating and a place to set food. Additionally, keep items that you use on a regular basis within easy reach. This will prevent frustration if you have to search for something every time you need it. By taking note of how you currently use your kitchen space and what improvements could be made, you can design a functional and beautiful kitchen for your home.

Layout

You will often hear designers and architects talk about the “work triangle” when discussing kitchen layouts. The work triangle is the distance between your sink, refrigerator, and range. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) has established guidelines for creating an efficient work triangle. Remember that you should keep these distances relatively short so you don’t have to walk too far when moving between them.

Style

When planning a kitchen remodel, many people have a specific vision in mind of what they want their new kitchen to look like. However, not everyone knows exactly which style details will help to achieve their desired aesthetic. The style of cabinets can make a big impact. For example, if you want a more contemporary look, consider choosing slab or shaker style doors. If you prefer a more traditional appearance, raised panel doors may be the way to go. Additionally, color plays an important role in the overall atmosphere of the space – darker colors tend to feel more modern while light colors create a more country feel. Keep in mind that when making choices for your new kitchen, it is important to select items that will not look dated or outdated within a few years.

Hardware

Cabinet hardware can be a great way to add style and personality to your cabinetry. It can also be a functional element that makes it easier to use your cabinets, especially for those with aging hands. When choosing cabinet hardware, it’s important to consider who will be using the kitchen on a regular basis and what works best for them. Keep in mind that cabinet hardware is not a requirement. If you want something that will stand the test of time, choose something classic and timeless.

Countertops

There are many countertop options available, so be sure to choose one that best fits your needs. Consider the following factors when making your decision: how often you’ll need to seal the product, if it’s prone to scratching and how easy it is to clean.Manufacturers usually list this information on their websites, or you can ask a professional for guidance.Of course, budget is also a key consideration. For example, granite may be more expensive than a look-alike option, but it might be worth the investment.

Space requirements

Everyone loves having a ton of space in their kitchen – enough to fit everything they need and more. If you’re considering sacrificing space in adjoining rooms to make your dream kitchen a reality, ask yourself if it’s truly worth it. Changing the layout or installing cabinets that reach the ceiling are both viable options that can give you the extra storage you need without compromising other areas of the home.

Extras

When designing your new kitchen, there are many factors to consider beyond the basic layout and appliances. If you have the budget for it, additional features like crown molding,columns, or faux door panels on your island can really elevate the look of the space. Just be sure to carefully consider all your options before making any final decisions.

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