The SAFE in SCHOOLS program offers great opportunities for auto-financing. One way is to organizing fundraisers. At the end of a semester there can be a final show to display all workshops and creative projects that have been developed in the school.
Connections can be made with local organisations and businesses to sponsor the show. Parents / family members with artistic skills and/or local artists could be invited to help prepare and/or join in the show.
A formula SAFE in SCHOOLS likes to use are inclusive performances; several people at the same time showcase their skills - for example: all jugglers (different skill levels, ages, etc,) at the same time on “live” percussion or music.
IMPORTANT: we will train the key students in respecting the SAFE in SCHOOLS Guidelines, also in the preparations for the show, and even during the show. Many end-of-the-year presentations where students showcase their skills suddenly in front of an audience tend to turn into stressful events with disappointing results. SAFE in SCHOOLS shows are in the first place about showcasing the "I feel gòòòd feeling" of all performers (see the SAFE AREA Manual) and the whole show night will be designed in such a way that the audience catches that same feeling.
Exhibitions of the visual art students and other special school projects can be displayed around the performances as part of the fund raiser show.
Many aspects of the fund raiser show can be in the hands of the students (supervised by staff and/or by volunteer parents), including:
- Contacting and maintaining relationships with the sponsors;
- Designing and producing posters and show programs with the names & logos of the sponsors;
- Managing the finances, from book keeping to decision making about expenses.
Every aspect of the project can be done as cross-curricular activity and/or it can be done outside of “school hours”
The money from the fundraiser will be used to finance the programs for the following school year. Older students will be inspired to team up with younger students, so experience can pass on to the next student generations.