BETA Students learning to Fundraise

As many of you know, The BETA-MiniSchool and students from enriched science are going to Iceland in March to learn about geysers and Earth science. Obviously trips like this are not free, and there is a significant cost along with this trip. In addition to our projects such as science fair and IDS, we now have a fundraising project until January to raise around $1000 per person if we are going to Iceland, and $500 if we aren’t going to Iceland. The $500 would be put towards a registered charity of your choice.

In Iceland, we are going to explore Þingvellir National Park, including Haukadalur home of the geysers and Þingvellir parks 84-square kilometer body of water. The lake there is also Iceland’s largest natural lake.

Another highlight of this trip is the black sand beaches. The black sand beaches consist of 5 main beaches. Reynisfjara Beach, Diamond Beach, Vik’s Beach, The beach with the solheimasandur plane wreck and Stokksnes Beach. These beaches are also one of the best scenic landscapes in Iceland. The name Black Beaches was given to these beaches because the sand is entirely black. The sand in Iceland is black because tiny fragments from the basalt lava that covers the area. The most famous black sand beaches are in Hawaii but it’s because the area is covered in volcanoes.

The fundraising consists of submitting a proposal, actually doing the fundraiser, and creating a budget for our expenses vs income. For the proposal, each of us need to specify things like timing, location, materials, preparation, cost, etc. Once you finish, it goes through a lengthy process of getting approved by Ms. Neumann, student caucus, and then maybe Mr. Wozney.

Some ideas for fundraising are things such as popcorn sales, movie nights, selling 3D printed trinkets, bagging groceries at supermarkets, etc. The ideas must be school appropriate eliminating ideas such as gambling.

If you do the fundraiser outside of school grounds, you need to submit a field trip form even if it’s outside of school hours, since it technically counts as school work as the Iceland trip is from school. Ms. Neumann or Mr. Murray will need to be with you the entire fundraiser.

After you finish, you need to do a budgeting and reflection sheet as a statement of your completion. The budget sheets we practiced included a date, name, description, income, expenses, and balance.


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