From “most school spirit” to “most well-rounded,” the 2015-2016 year has been a knockout for school fundraising at Schoola. With more than $175,000 earned by our top-10 schools alone (averaging $17,000 each!), these schools are the heart of Schoola’s mission. Peruse their unique success stories and take a cue from them in the new year by launching your own school fundraising program with a clothing drive or requesting a donation bag to use over the summer.
Top 10 School Fundraising Successes of 2015-2016:
- Most Likely to Follow Their Dreams: P.S. 9 Teunis G. Bergen Raised $36,923
P.S. 9 collected enough clothes to send every student on a field trip, something they didn’t have a budget for in the past. Field trips and hands-on learning not only help bring lessons to life but engage students overall. These experiences inspired students to become firefighters, artists and more!
Help keep field trips for P.S. 9 by requesting a donation bag.
- Most Likely to Win a Grammy: KIPP Academy Middle School Raised $50,633
KIPP Academy Middle School has a phenomenal orchestra program, which is expensive to maintain. However, the benefits of a music program are worth the cost–students have better focus and more confidence in the classroom.
Help keep their orchestra playing by requesting a donation bag.
- Most Likely to be Mistaken for Picasso: Yick Wo Elementary Raised $28,842
Yick Wo became a featured school last year when they had a $1 budget for their art program. With generous clothing donations from their community, Yick Wo has been able to keep their art program alive, and foster creativity inside and outside the classroom.
Help keep these Picassos painting by requesting a donation bag for Yick Wo.
- Most Likely to Medal in the Olympics: Abyssinian Benefit School Raised $22,714
Abyssinian Benefit School needed funds to build a play area for older students. Last year, donations came in from across the U.S. Not only have they built a playground with the Schoola funds, they’ve been able to purchase additional athletic equipment for the students!
Help keep these students active by requesting a donation bag.
- Most Likely to Go Places: Granada Elementary Has Raised $14,133
The PTA at Granada Elementary works hard to fund programs like music, drama and physical education, and they make their clothes work even harder. Everyone came together to donate and make sure electives were funded so students could get the most out of their school experience. With this supportive community these students are going places!
Help these students by requesting a donation bag.
- Most Likely to Inspire: Laurel Elementary Raised $4,969
Laurel Elementary has a large English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) student population. Their choral program helps students bridge language and cultural gaps, boost their confidence and achieve better grades, and they put their Schoola funds toward growing this program.
Help keep these students singing by requesting a donation bag for Laurel Elementary.
- Most Likely to Save the World: St. Stephen Protomartyr School Raised $4,174
With hundreds of donation bags collected, St. Stephen is using Schoola as a learning opportunity in two ways: to show students the impact recycling clothes has on the environment, and to fund their Spanish program.
Help support these global citizens by requesting a donation bag for St. Stephen’s.
- Most Well-Rounded: St. Justin the Martyr School Has Raised $4,838
The St. Justin community has donated more than 350 bags to date. The funds from these donations have gone to integrate technology into the classroom, create a teaching garden and improve their playground.
Help support these multi-disciplinary initiatives by requesting a donation bag.
- Most School Spirit: Second Friends Preschool Has Raised $6,116
This crafty school has been a pioneer in marketing their clothing drives and spreading the word throughout their community. They have had local churches and more donate on their behalf. Their school spirit is paying off, with over 200 bags donated to date.
Show your spirit for these student by requesting a donation bag to benefit Second Friends.
- Most Likely to Nap in Class: Lucky Lane Nursery School Has Raised $3,479
They may still have nap time, but Lucky Lane students are poised for growth. They’re taking their outgrown clothes and using them as a school fundraising tool.
Help support these students growth by requesting a donation bag.
Congratulations to the class of 2016—we can’t wait to see what the next school year brings. Give your school a head start by donating clothing from your Lost & Found before school’s out, or request a donation bag and clean out your closet over the summer.