Promotional products are ideal for school fundraising.

Do you remember middle school? If you’re like me, you’ve probably done your best to block the memories. After all, it was a difficult time, the onset of puberty with all the acne, cracking voices and social awkwardness it brought along with it. But somehow we survived it.

I don’t think about those days often, but when I do, one of the memories that stands out is the surprising amount of school spirit that was evident. The hallways were packed with kids wearing school sweatshirts, carrying binders with our mascot (the hawk, if you’re interested) or scribbling in notebooks with Hazelwood Junior High pens.

This wasn’t by accident.

The school administrators knew exactly what they were doing; fostering a sense of pride in the student body and raising some much needed cash at the same time. It’s genius, really.

School fundraising with the products they need anyway.

Kids in junior high, and really of all ages, are always outgrowing their clothes. Why not capitalize on these growth spurts for school fundraising? Whether it’s t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets or gym shorts, school apparel is a great way to raise some extra cash and promote school spirit.

Water bottles are another great way to raise money. If your school is like mine was, and lacks the comfort of air conditioning, letting kids carry water bottles helps beat the heat and keep everyone cool and refreshed. And if you’re selling them, it’s a win-win.

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And don’t forget writing instruments. My middle school had a brilliant solution to kids always forgetting their pens – a vending machine. At the top of the stairs, there was a machine with two coin slots. Put a quarter in the one on the right, and you’d receive a #2 pencil. The one on the left dispensed pens. Both were branded with the HJH name and logo. I must’ve used it twice a month for one or the other, and I was far from the only one. That adds up to quite a bit of money over time.

Promotional products are a great way to do school fundraising. Just find the right products for you, let people know you have them, and they practically sell themselves. The only question is why aren’t you already doing it?