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Has anyone been involved with setting up a school Christmas card project where the kids draw their own cards and then you send them off to be printed? We are looking at doing it this year and th… Read More
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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
Has anyone been involved with setting up a school Christmas card project where the kids draw their own cards and then you send them off to be printed?

We are looking at doing it this year and the 2 companies I have found are APFS & Christmas cards for schools ... has anyone used them, or does anyone have another suggestion?

Thanks
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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
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banned#1
Can't remember the name of the company our kids school used, but the parents were charge £10 for 10 cards and most parents thought it a rip off and didn't buy them.
banned#2
as slamdunkin, our school wanted to much money and nobody bothered
1 Like #3
Could use a photo printer & Publisher and make some crimbo cash, for the school of course....Cough

Christmas has been canceled at my nieces school it is now called "winterfest"
#4
Thanks for the comments guys, just looking at the costs now

APFS charge £5 for 12 cards & we charge parents £6 = £1 profit
Christmas cards for school charge £3.75 for 12 cards & we charge parents £5 = £1.25 profit

Obviously the cheaper one looks better at the moment! But has anyone used them?
1 Like #5
My kids school use http://www.apfs.org.uk

We were charged £6 for 12 cards...they need a lot of organizing. The deadline this year was last Friday and we'll get them back about the first week in December.
#6
slamdunkin
Can't remember the name of the company our kids school used, but the parents were charge £10 for 10 cards and most parents thought it a rip off and didn't buy them.


sassie
as slamdunkin, our school wanted to much money and nobody bothered


£10 for 10 is crazy money - these would be £5 /6 for 12...
#7
danmc
Could use a photo printer & Publisher and make some crimbo cash, for the school of course....Cough

Christmas has been canceled at my nieces school it is now called "winterfest"


Hmmm, we would need a scanner & a lot of ink, but would prbably work out a lot cheaper...
#8
cymru2
My kids school use http://www.apfs.org.uk

We were charged £6 for 12 cards...they need a lot of organizing. The deadline this year was last Friday and we'll get them back about the first week in December.


Were the cards really professional looking/ good quality? It says on their website that the cards cost you £5 & you sell for £6 making £1 profit ... does seem quite a lot of work for not a lot of return...
1 Like #9
They're really nice looking. They will print your childs name on the back "Designed by xxx xxx of xxxx school". ..this year they all made Father Christmas collages which is sent off (A4 sizs design ).Yes, it is expensive but no more than if you bought individual cards and Grandparents, family etc love them. At my childs school the teachers organise it not the PTA. It's easier for them if all children do the same eg the snowy scene but in Reception they did freehand ie the chistmas mouse!

http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv30/mum100/cards/th_P1020816.jpg


http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv30/mum100/cards/th_P1020817.jpg


http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv30/mum100/cards/th_P1020818.jpg


Edited By: cymru2 on Oct 04, 2010 18:33: spelling!
1 Like #10
Laffy42

Hmmm, we would need a scanner & a lot of ink, but would prbably work out a lot cheaper...


You'd be surprised I was printing off a shed load of games covers last year 500+ easily it cost very little. Get a decent epson photo printer off ebay for £30ish, a guillotine, bottles of ink and some refillable cartridges and you could do the lot for under £70-£80.
#11
cymru2
They're really nice looking. They will print your childs name on the back "Designed by xxx xxx of xxxx school". ..this year they all made Father Christmas collages which is sent off (A4 sizs design ).Yes, it is expensive but no more than if you bought individual cards and Grandparents, family etc love them. At my childs school the teachers organise it not the PTA. It's easier for them if all children do the same eg the snowy scene but in Reception they did freehand ie the chistmas mouse!

http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv30/mum100/cards/th_P1020816.jpg


http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv30/mum100/cards/th_P1020817.jpg


http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv30/mum100/cards/th_P1020818.jpg

Those look really cute & professional ! Thanks so much for the effort posting the pics for me to - I would rep you if we still had that but have 'liked' it instead! :) .. I am just wondering if we would get the same quality from the other company though as we would make more money & be able to charge less for them (so prob more people would buy them)


danmc
Laffy42

Hmmm, we would need a scanner & a lot of ink, but would prbably work out a lot cheaper...


You'd be surprised I was printing off a shed load of games covers last year 500+ easily it cost very little. Get a decent epson photo printer off ebay for £30ish, a guillotine, bottles of ink and some refillable cartridges and you could do the lot for under £70-£80.


You make it sound so easy ... you don't fancy joining a PTA do you?! Thanks for the idea :)
#12
Just had a look at the cards for schools website. It looks like it would be fine but I suspect that you wouldn't be able to sort it out for this Christmas but worth setting it up for next year.

Are you looking for general fund raising ideas or chritmas ones? This is my 5th year on the PTA and it's hard coming up with new ideas.

Have you thought of Letters from Santa. A form is sent out to all parents which they return with name address etc and £2. We then print off a personalised letter and post out There are plenty of templates around.
#13
Ohhh, we could do with a PTA thread on here , love these ideas for next Christmas. Think I may bring it to the meeting tomorrow and look really clever !! Have you ever done the t towel thing? Where the children do self portraits and each class has a t towel made. Can you recommend a company?
1 Like #14
You could approach a local comp school and see if they could do them cheaper. They might be willing to cut you a deal and are likely to have all the equipment needed already available.
1 Like #15
We did the t towels a few years ago. I'll try and find out which company we used.
1 Like #16
have a wee lookie at http://www.stuartmorris.co.uk for school fundraising ideas, they do the t towels and bags etc
[helper]#17
Get the kids to do a drawing of a snowman and put several classes worth of drawings on one card. Having fewer cards but increasing the print run will hopefully decrease the costs.....
1 Like #18
My kids school have done a photo calander the last couple of years and sell for £5, infact they are having the pics done today for this years one !
Each month has a theme........so everyone in the school who was born in January wear something related to Edinburgh, feb-liverpool and so on , they all have the photos taken in there birthday groups ( teachers also ) and also put there names on there birthday, so good idea for remembering there friends bdays too !
#19
cymru2
Are you looking for general fund raising ideas or chritmas ones? This is my 5th year on the PTA and it's hard coming up with new ideas.

Have you thought of Letters from Santa. A form is sent out to all parents which they return with name address etc and £2. We then print off a personalised letter and post out There are plenty of templates around.


I like the Santa letter idea - do you send them out direct to the kids then? Any fundraising ideas always welcome - a PTA idea thread would be great!

We always do a Christmas fair, New year disco, Chocolate bingo at Easter and a big Summer fair as our main fundraisers. Any intersting stall ideas for Christmas fair would be great!
#20
Yes, the letters are personalised and sent out addressed to the children. How involved do the teachers/ classes get involved with the Christmas Fayre? we used to have very little involvement from the Teachers but now we have the Fayre on a Friday night it's much better.. Our Year 6 classes take on the second hand toy stall, another year will do Reindeer Food, another did Christmas Funny photos, a sweet tom bola, sideshow games, with all these stalls run by the teachers and pupils out of their classrooms. This frees up that PTA members to organize refreshments, a Christmas market with stalls where people pay for the pitch - this guarantees a small income for very little effort, Santa's grotto, a Wish Room and the raffle.

Hope this gives you some ideas!

Edited By: cymru2 on Oct 05, 2010 15:55: Spelling!
#21
cymru2
Yes, the letters are personalised and sent out addressed to the children. How involved do the teachers/ classes get involved with the Christmas Fayre? we used to have very little involvement from the Teachers but now we have the Fayre on a Friday night it's much better.. Our Year 6 classes take on the second hand toy stall, another year will do Reindeer Food, another did Christmas Funny photos, a sweet tom bola, sideshow games, with all these stalls run by the teachers and pupils out of their classrooms. This frees up that PTA members to organize refreshments, a Christmas market with stalls where people pay for the pitch - this guarantees a small income for very little effort, Santa's grotto, a Wish Room and the raffle.

Hope this gives you some ideas!


Teachers have very low involvement unfortunately - the Head always runs the door & sells raffle tickets, 1 other teacher always does the cake stall and that's about it - we always have ours on a Saturday ... did switching to a Friday night help with helpers and / or profits? A lot of schools do seem to do a fair in the evenings now - what time do you start & end?

Please tell me what a Christmas Funny photo and the Wish Room is - they sound really interesting!
1 Like #22
Switching to Friday night made a huge difference in help and money...we now raise at least £1,500.
We run from 3.30 to 5.30..Previously only the Head and one or two teachers would help on the Saturday, now nearly every teacher is involved.

Funny photo...like at the seaside you have the pictures you stand behind and poke your head out. I think last year it was a reindeer. It was run by the ICT teacher and year 6 pupils. I think they charged 1.50 or 2.00


Wish room...donated small gifts. We have 3 tables for £1, £2, and £3...the child pays and chooses and then helped to wrap the gift to take home. No grownup ( apart from helpers ) are allowed. We raise a lot of money from this as we ask for gifts and paper as donations and we have had really positive feed back from Parents. This room is usually staffed by 2 adults and pupil helpers.


Raffle...last year we sent home raffle tickets in the bookbacks and sold on the night and raised @£200 more than usuall.

Hope this helps

Edited By: cymru2 on Oct 06, 2010 09:38: Spelling!
1 Like #23
My PTA loved the christmas card idea. Just sorting that out now. Shall put forward the stall ideas that you have. Do they get the photo on the day?
Do you do the bags for school? I think that is probably the easiest money that we make. Around £150 for each collection.
banned 1 Like #24
Our school do something like the wish room for mothers and fathers day....the kids love it as they choosing and buying the gift by themselves.

Just found my post from a previous thread


My kids school had all the kids write a short story and then had them all made into a book which they then sold to parents, grandparents etc for a fiver.

They do a mothers day and fathers day room...they ask parents to donate gifts (smellies, books, chocolates etc) and then for a couple of days prior to the day they have a "shop" at school manned by volunteers where the children can choose a gift for their parent and have it gift wrapped for £1.

They do bingo and beetle drive nights and make it into a big family event, which is lots of fun.

They had an auction of promises one year which was a great success and raised nearly £2000. They auctioned things such as days out at local amusement parks, childrens farms etc, hot air balloon rides, tickets for shows and sporting events all of which were donated. My brother is a restaurant manager in York and he donated a meal for 4 with wine and used his local contacts to get them to donate a night in the York Hilton for a family and tickets to Yorvick centre. The whole thing raised nearly £300. You don't know what you'll get until you ask so get onto local businesses for donations and support.

For a while we had a mum at school who was a really great baker and she donated a very large and impressive cake each week which was raffled off in school on a Friday. The children wouild buy tickets for £1 each and the raffle was drawn in assembly.

Last year they got each child to design a greetings card which they ten had professionally printed and sold back to the parents for £10 for a pack of 10. They used some company to do this and most parents thought it was a rip off. But you could use the same idea and produce the cards much cheaper yourselves by scanning and photocopying and then charging a reasonable price.

I've also seen a variation on this theme at my local church xmas fair where they dressed the kids up in nativity costumes which they had in a selection of sizes, took a digital photo against a backdrop and then immediately printed off and stuck onto a card and sold for £1 each. They were enchanting and made a special card for relatives.

They sell DVDs of all the school plays at about £10 each and also distribute monthly copies of The Book People magazine, which has a scheme whereby whatever parents purchase through from the magazine the school are given a percentage of the sale. I think you just need to go to their website and register the school to take part.

Edited By: slamdunkin on Oct 06, 2010 20:56: .
#25
cymru2
Switching to Friday night made a huge difference in help and money...we now raise at least £1,500.
We run from 3.30 to 5.30..Previously only the Head and one or two teachers would help on the Saturday, now nearly every teacher is involved.

Funny photo...like at the seaside you have the pictures you stand behind and poke your head out. I think last year it was a reindeer. It was run by the ICT teacher and year 6 pupils. I think they charged 1.50 or 2.00


Wish room...donated small gifts. We have 3 tables for £1, £2, and £3...the child pays and chooses and then helped to wrap the gift to take home. No grownup ( apart from helpers ) are allowed. We raise a lot of money from this as we ask for gifts and paper as donations and we have had really positive feed back from Parents. This room is usually staffed by 2 adults and pupil helpers.


Raffle...last year we sent home raffle tickets in the bookbacks and sold on the night and raised @£200 more than usuall.

Hope this helps


Thank you - some great ideas there, I LOVE the wish room idea & will suggest it!

I am also suggesting that we switch to an evening next year (we have already booked the day this year so too late to change it. I think we will have to go for say 6 - 8 pm though as otherwise we won't have time to set up all the stalls and everything if we went straight from school.

wookiemummy
My PTA loved the christmas card idea. Just sorting that out now. Shall put forward the stall ideas that you have. Do they get the photo on the day?
Do you do the bags for school? I think that is probably the easiest money that we make. Around £150 for each collection.


We do the Bags 2 School already - I agree, it is the easiest money we make too!
#26
slamdunkin
Our school do something like the wish room for mothers and fathers day....the kids love it as they choosing and buying the gift by themselves.

Just found my post from a previous thread


My kids school had all the kids write a short story and then had them all made into a book which they then sold to parents, grandparents etc for a fiver.

They do a mothers day and fathers day room...they ask parents to donate gifts (smellies, books, chocolates etc) and then for a couple of days prior to the day they have a "shop" at school manned by volunteers where the children can choose a gift for their parent and have it gift wrapped for £1.

They do bingo and beetle drive nights and make it into a big family event, which is lots of fun.

They had an auction of promises one year which was a great success and raised nearly £2000. They auctioned things such as days out at local amusement parks, childrens farms etc, hot air balloon rides, tickets for shows and sporting events all of which were donated. My brother is a restaurant manager in York and he donated a meal for 4 with wine and used his local contacts to get them to donate a night in the York Hilton for a family and tickets to Yorvick centre. The whole thing raised nearly £300. You don't know what you'll get until you ask so get onto local businesses for donations and support.

For a while we had a mum at school who was a really great baker and she donated a very large and impressive cake each week which was raffled off in school on a Friday. The children wouild buy tickets for £1 each and the raffle was drawn in assembly.

Last year they got each child to design a greetings card which they ten had professionally printed and sold back to the parents for £10 for a pack of 10. They used some company to do this and most parents thought it was a rip off. But you could use the same idea and produce the cards much cheaper yourselves by scanning and photocopying and then charging a reasonable price.

I've also seen a variation on this theme at my local church xmas fair where they dressed the kids up in nativity costumes which they had in a selection of sizes, took a digital photo against a backdrop and then immediately printed off and stuck onto a card and sold for £1 each. They were enchanting and made a special card for relatives.

They sell DVDs of all the school plays at about £10 each and also distribute monthly copies of The Book People magazine, which has a scheme whereby whatever parents purchase through from the magazine the school are given a percentage of the sale. I think you just need to go to their website and register the school to take part.


Wow, some great ideas there, will definitely suggest the wish room as seems to have been popular with your lot too, and I liked the short story book idea too, thanks :)

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