|Guidelines for a Successful
Race for Education
|The principal must support the Race for Education program, agree|
|to these guidelines, and attend the initial "Work Session" meeting (75 |
|It is essential to have a Race Coordinator (preferably Co-|
|Coordinators) whom we can work with and train during this |
fundraiser. IMPORTANT: The Race Coordinator(s) cannot have a
full time job outside the home as it will be necessary to spend a lot of
time at school during the school day to oversee this program.
|A group of parent volunteers, called a "Race Committee," will be|
|needed to support the Race Coordinator. "Race Committee" |
members are normally selected from the parent organization of the
school (e.g., PTA, PTO, HSA).
|Running other fundraisers at the same time as your Race for|
|Education will significantly affect the financial success of this |
program. Will will not contract with a school if another fundraiser
involving the students "selling products" is planned during the eleven
weeks prior to the day of your Race for Education.
|The Race for Education must be held during school hours on a school|
|We need a minimum of 12 weeks notice from the time we receive the|
|contract until the actual day of the Race for Education. For a fall |
program, students need to be in school a minimum of 8 weeks prior to
your Race for Education. For a spring program, students must be in
school a minimum of 2 weeks following your Race for Education.
|"Kick-off " information which announces and explains the program will|
|be sent home with each student 8 weeks prior to the day of the |
Race for Education.
|Faculty support is essential to the success of Race for Education.|
|Prior to the "Kick-off Packet" going home, teachers will need to |
attend a 30 minute Teacher Training Meeting.
|We will prepare all of your school's Race for Education original|
|materials. Copies of the originals will be run off by the school.|
|A personal message needs to be written on a "sponsor mailer" by|
|third graders and up for a Fall Race for Education and second |
graders and up for a Spring Race for Education. Writing of the
personal message will take place during class time and be supervised
by teachers and/or parent volunteers. A "pre-fab mailer" will be
prepared for students up through second grade for a Fall Race for
Education and students up through first grade for a Spring Race for
Education and filled in by volunteers.
|Sponsor mailers should be sent out as a first class mailing. Bulk|
|mailings are often "tossed" by recipients without even opening the |
letter. Also, there is no guarantee that bulk mailings will be
delivered to the recipient. In addition, people can only send back
their donation to your school using a first class stamp, so it appears
"cheap" on the part of the school to bulk mail an appeal letter to