The ABCs of West Coast Fundraising | Corona, CA

November is a month where we sit and reflect about all of the things we are thankful for. And during the holiday season it is a great idea to give thanks and give back. Why not start with a great fundraiser? As schools start to participate in fundraising, some participants may find themselves having several unanswered questions. If you’re one of those people, you’ve come to right spot for answers. The following includes a few frequently asked questions about our online portal with West Coast Fundraising:

How do I purchase items online?

Simply go online to kidsarefirst.com and click on Online Ordering. Once you’ve filled your cart, click Checkout and follow the instructions.

How do we direct friends and family to shop your site?

After you register your student, you can give them your child’s SELLER ID so they can start shopping online.

What is the SELLER ID?

The SELLER ID is a unique number given to each student after they register online. You will need The Seller ID to shop online. Contact the student if you do not have the seller ID.

Will I have to pay for shipping?

Yes, if your order is less than $60 you will have to pay shipping.

How do I know how many items my son/daughter earned from online sales?

To check sales status, access our online portal.

For more frequently asked questions or to learn about West Coast Fundraising, visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com.

Don’t Stress Your Turkey Fest | Corona, CA

Hosting a Thanksgiving feast can be quite stressful for anyone. You want to please everyone, including your littlest guests, the children. Fortunately, there are several ways to go about planning a kid-friendly Thanksgiving. So, as you start to prepare for this joyous holiday, keep these kid-friendly tips in mind to create the perfect atmosphere for everyone:

Serve kid-friendly meals. With all of the excitement over the holiday, children aren’t going to have the largest appetites, especially for unfamiliar foods. Consider serving the children Thanksgiving-themed foods like PB&J’s made into turkeys or fall leaves.

Have a kids’ table. If your gathering is large enough have a separate table set up just for the younger children. Provide them Thanksgiving themed print outs or placements and crayons for coloring.

Kid-proof the home. Put away any breakable décor before any of your guests arrive. Also make sure that medications or anything hazardous is stored in a safe place that can’t be reached by children.

Get them involved. When children feel involved in something special, they are less likely to act out. Consider having activities that involve singing a song or ask them to put on a special play for the guests.

Provide a family-friendly activity. If you’re looking for a kid-friendly activity that all of your guests can enjoy, consider baking sugar cookies that can be decorated. This is a great activity for every age, and who doesn’t love cookies?

Hopefully these tips can help you host a memorable Thanksgiving that all of your guests can enjoy and will be thankful for!

If you have any other questions regarding Thanksgiving activities, feel free to visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com or contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today.

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Trick-or-Treat: Staying Healthy this Halloween | Corona, CA

When it comes to Halloween, most of us parents tend to let loose with the candy intake. According to a study, the average child consumes between 3,700 to 7,000 calories worth of Halloween treats. Not only is that tough on a child’s teeth, but also on their overall health. To help your child stay healthy and safe, here is a list of tips you may want to take this Halloween:

Fill up before you trick-or-treat. If your children are full before going out trick-or-treating, they’ll likely eat fewer pieces of candy once they get back home. Feed your child a nutritious and filling meal before your Halloween outing so they aren’t as tempted to eat their candy afterwards.

Trick-or-treat and exercise. It’s always encouraged that children walk from house to house instead of driving them around. Parents can even encourage them by having them wear pedometers to start a friendly competition for who can take the most steps or be the most active while collecting candy.

Keep the favorites, hide the rest. Many nutritionists suggest that a little goes along way. Offer your children to have 1-3 pieces of candy per day, starting with lunch, or after dinner as a treat.

Give the extra candy away. When your children get back home from trick-or-treating, have your kids put their candy into two piles: one they want to keep and one they don’t. You should consider donating the remain candy that they don’t want to eat to a local senior citizen center, food pantry or children’s hospital.

If you have any other questions regarding Halloween safety, feel free to visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com or contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today.

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Stop the Bullying: October Is National Bully Prevention Month | Corona, CA

Group of school best friendsNo one likes a bully. But there are things we can do as a community to help stop bullying altogether. There is strength in numbers and if we stand up to the bullies, we can put an end to this hurtful behavior. In honor of October being National Bullying Prevention Month, let’s take a look at important things we can do to bring awareness to the situation. If you are being bullied:

Stick with your friends. There’s safety in numbers. Try to avoid being alone in targeted areas such as restrooms, locker rooms and places the bully tends to hang out.

Be assertive and confident. Use body language to show the bully you aren’t afraid. Try standing up straight and making eye contact.

Ignore the bully. Try to get out of the situation by agreeing with the bully’s comments.

Don’t seek revenge. Doing the same hurtful thing in return would be making yourself a part of the problem. Also remember violence doesn’t solve problems, it only makes things worse.

Ask for help. If you’re being bullied, don’t keep it a secret. Ask your friends or an adult for help. Also report any bully incidents.

Don’t be a bystander, speak up. When no one speaks up, bullies tend to think they can get away with their actions. Refuse to join in the act of bullying, and refuse to even watch someone being bullied. Tell the bully to stop. It’s best to do this with a group of friends. Report any bullying you see to teachers or another adult.

If you have any other questions regarding bullying prevention, feel free to visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com or contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today.

West Coast Fundraising proudly serves Corona, Norco, Chino, Riverside, Yorba Linda and all surrounding areas.

Involving Your Staff in School Fundraisers | Corona, CA

happy childrenWe all know that teachers are the glue that hold a school together. They’re the ones that directly teach and influence our children as they work with them during the weekdays. But teachers are also an intricate part of the school’s success. So, why not involve them in raising the funds needed to encourage their success with your students? It’s a tireless job teaching your students, but added incentive may pique their interest. The following is a list to help motivate the teachers at your school to participate in school fundraising:

Get them involved. Teachers may have valuable insight regarding the school fundraising, such as what products to sell, how orders should be handled, or ways to improve the overall fundraising efforts. They may also be more prone to help if they feel included from the start.

Make helping simple. If you send out order forms or announcements through the teachers for the parents/guardians, make it easy for them to distribute to the students. Make sure to have the copies made and all the forms organized for the teachers.

Valuable incentives always help. If there are excess funds raised, give them to the classroom that meets a specific goal for classroom supplies. Teachers are more likely to stand behind the fundraiser if the incentives are meaningful and educational.

Remember that in school fundraising everyone wants to provide the best educational tools possible for the students. Most teachers recognize the importance of school fundraising and are typically willing to volunteer their time, so get everyone involved!

If you have any other questions regarding fundraising, feel free to visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com or contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today.

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Fundraising Success Is All About Goals | Corona, CA

school fundraisingNot that we are officially back in the school swing, it’s time to start planning some fundraisers. And while it is for their benefit, it’s difficult to kick start the student’s desire to help without some type of bribery. Why not get creative? Getting a little creative can work wonders to help them reach certain goals.

Give it a smooch. For whatever reason, kids find it hilarious to see adults giving animals kisses, especially the ones they don’t see on a daily basis. Put the word out to staff, parents and local farms to find the right animal for the job.

Crazy hair, don’t care. Find someone who’s willing to shave or dye a mustache, beard or whole head of hair for a good cause. Invite the students to watch the hair removal or dying process live.

You are suspended! Start by standing on a crate or chair against a concrete wall and allow the students to apply duct tape across your arms, legs and torso to help secure you to the wall. Once enough strips of duct tape are used, someone can remove the chair or crate, leaving you “suspended”.

Sing it loud. Pick a song, recruit some fellow staff members and plan an epic karaoke gig to perform for the students. You’ll get more positive reactions from the audience if you wear fun costumes, pick a song the children love and have a choreographed routine.

Ice cream social. Invite the top selling students you would like to come and essentially turn you into an ice cream sundae. The students will be able to cover you with scoops of ice cream, sprinkles, chocolate sauce, cherries, etc.

If you have any other questions regarding fundraising, feel free to visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com or contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today.

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Start the School Year with Some Fun | Corona, CA

Group of school best friendsAs we are gearing up for the next school year, it is important to not only keep the students happy, but also everyone involved. So, as you are planning your first PTA fundraisers, keep the fun in fundraising. To help keep everyone’s interest, here are a list of ways to keep your fundraisers fun every step of the way:

Keep it fun. Don’t make volunteering a chore for those participating – they’re giving up their free time to help. Be sure to plan fun things throughout the process that rewards everyone participating.

Use fun incentives. Offer your participants something fun when they reach a certain goal. Be sure to be creative and choose an idea that appropriate for your group of participants.

Show your appreciation. Be sure that you are showing your participants how appreciative you are of their hard work. For example, get athletic event tickets discounted, go on group outings or provide goodie bags for the volunteers.

Give out merchant prizes. Work with the local businesses for great prizes that mean the most to your volunteers. Always make sure that there is something in it for the merchant, so as not to look for a hand out.

Of course, you mustn’t forget to say thank you to every single participant. You can show your appreciation with heartfelt words or deeds. Remember, if you keep it fun in fundraising, everyone will be more eager to participate in your next school fundraiser. We wish you complete success!

If you have any other questions regarding PTA fundraising, feel free to visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com or contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today.

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August Is All About Family Fun | Corona, CA

As we begin to wrap up our summers, we find ourselves looking for those wonderful family memories before the next school year begins. Did you know this is the perfect time to do so? August marks Family Fun Month, an entire month to think up creative ways to have fun with your entire family. Summer is the perfect time for families to enjoy each other’s company, while engaging in fun activities. It is a great way to get your family together for some quality bonding and some summer fun. Be sure that you choose the activities together as a family to ensure that everyone has a blast creating new memories. Make the most of this month with your family and create memories that will last a lifetime:

  • Cook a yummy meal together
  • Go hiking and explore nature
  • Go on a camping trip somewhere new
  • Visit an aquarium or a zoo to learn about all the animals
  • Go to the beach and collect seashells
  • Plan a backyard movie night
  • Go to an amusement park for the day
  • Plant a garden
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Build a giant slip and slide
  • Throw a family pool party
  • Go bike riding down at the beach
  • Have a paint party with large canvases
  • Go zip lining locally
  • Explore your local national forest
  • Have a picnic at your local national park
  • Camp in your backyard
  • Take a trip to your local lake
  • Go whale watching
  • Build a backyard campfire and tell ghost stories

If you have any other questions regarding Family Fun Month activities, feel free to visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com or contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today.

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Teach Your Child Valuable Life Lessons with Fundraising | Corona, CA

Group of school best friendsMore than just a monetary gain, school fundraising has an educational value that your child may not typically receive at such a young age. Most children that participate in school fundraisers learn tools that they can apply well into their adulthood for future success. Skills such as customer service, goal setting and the value of a dollar are all things your child can learn while participating in school fundraising programs.

Customer service. The development of social skills with people your child is unfamiliar with can lead to timeliness, responsibility and several other important social skills your child will need as they grow. This will also allow the skills they pick up to develop over the years. By the time they reach higher education and a career, it will be second nature.

Goals. Typically, a school will set a monetary target for each child to raise in order to reach their end goal. Learning the importance of decision making, marketing and responsibility when handling money are all things goal-setting can teach your child.

Monetary value. Many modern parents believe that their children don’t fully understand the value of money. Aside from being able to count money and understanding that in order to spend it you must first earn it, children rely on their parents to provide them with what they desire. Developing your child’s understanding of this as they grow will help prepare them for the real world and become ready for financial responsibility.

If you have any other questions regarding school fundraising, feel free to visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com or contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today.

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Make Your Fundraiser a Complete Success | Corona, CA

school fundraisingOne of the most important responsibilities as parents is your children’s education. Unfortunately, many times our school budgets only cover the basics. In this case, school fundraising is a wonderful way to help raise money for extracurricular actives and extra school supplies, like computers, sports supplies and art programs. To help ensure your school fundraiser is a success, here’s a list of tips for a successful fundraiser:

Start the fundraising early. While it is important to organize your fundraiser early, it is equally important to create a way the donors can start donating. If you’re planning on having a physical event, spread the word early so that more of your community hears about the fundraiser. Create a donation method that doesn’t requires anyone to be anywhere at a specify time, like online purchases.

Keep the fundraiser manageable. Many school fundraising programs rely on the efforts of the parents, who can become burnt out if they’re always being asked to donate their time. Consider cutting some or all of the smaller fundraising efforts that usually require too much work from the parents.

Reach out to your networks. There are two major networks that you should focus on during your school fundraiser, the parents and students. The parents of the students will end up representing most of the donor base. Parents can reach out though social media to their close family and friends, this can increase your fundraisers donor base exponentially. As for the students, they are likely to be your most passionate force in raising donations.

If you have any other questions regarding school fundraising, feel free to visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com or contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today.

West Coast Fundraising proudly serves Corona, Norco, Chino, Riverside, Yorba Linda and all surrounding areas.