Get Ready for Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Ideas

Class is now in session. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8-12! If you can read this…thank a teacher.

Every day teachers educate, innovate, encourage, and touch the lives of millions of children across the world. They are real life superheroes. Help your child thank their teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week by sending them a thank you card, volunteering in the classroom or surprising them with a Mixed Bag or other gift.

Order your teacher gifts with us and score 20% off online orders now – Sunday, April 30! Just use promo code TEACH17 at checkout.

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Plan Ahead for Fall ’17 Fundraising & You Could Score $400 in Gifts!

Big Fall Fundraiser Bonuses!Mixed Bag Designs is an easy choice when selecting a fundraising company for your next campaign. We offer the biggest profit in the business – up to 50% – and the best fundraising products around: bags, accessories, kitchen gadgets, gift wrap, great gifts and so much more is available in our two colorful fundraising catalogs. Prices start at less than $10, and we have over 100 NEW products every season. We look at the latest trends and hottest products so our catalogs are always full of easy-to-sell items. Lock in your Fall fundraiser dates now and you could score the BIGGEST bonuses of the season.

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Last Chance Fall Signing Bonuses

Fall Signing Bonuses

Hurry! Our biggest bonus has been extended through June 10. If you can’t sign up in time for that, we have another great promotion the goes through June 30.  Elementary, K-12 & Middle Schools sign up for a Fall 2016 school-wide Catalog Fundraiser and qualify for gift cards and free teacher bags. Don’t wait and sign up today! Continue reading

You Could Score a Labor Day Fundraiser Bonus! Here’s how.

Labor Day Fundraiser Bonus for SchoolsAre you a school looking to run a Fall fundraiser? If so, you’re in luck! Sign up for a fall catalog fundraiser by midnight Labor Day, September 7 and you could qualify for big fundraiser bonuses. A Mixed Bag Designs fundraiser could earn you up to 50% profit selling from two awesome catalogs everyone is sure to love. Continue reading

Get Your PTA to Support Healthy Fundraising

Healthy Fundraisers - Get your PTO On BoardSchools across the country have made strides to support and promote healthy habits for their students. However fundraising is often left out of proposals or guidelines, no doubt in part because parents and parent organizations are often the ones planning the fundraiser. It is important to present healthy alternatives to your Parent Teacher Association or Organization (PTA/PTO) and here are some tips to making a persuasive argument to switch to healthier fundraiser options.

First off, be prepared to make a case. Change is hard and many parent volunteers may not want to switch from their current fundraiser campaign. Parents can be concerned about lost profits, working with a new fundraising consultant or learning a new strategy. It’s up to you to present a solid, convincing argument and here are some ideas to help you out!

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School Fundraiser Tips: Motivating Parent Volunteers

School Fundraising: Recruiting Parent Volunteers; Mixed Bag Designs

Almost everyone in a school community knows how important school fundraisers are, and yet it can be difficult to get parents motivated and lining up to help with volunteering. Here are a few tips for getting parents of students involved in a great school fundraiser.   Continue reading

School PTA and PTO Groups

Back to School: Parent-Teacher Groups, Mixed Bag Designs

What comes to mind when the word “PTA” is mentioned? Some may picture a group of local moms who gather to plan bake sales now and then, but in truth, these organizations have a huge influence on students and the education system both locally and nationally throughout the country. Parents of students in school and members of these groups can get a fresh start this back-to-school season by remembering the vision, mission, and purposes that started PTA and PTO groups. Teachers, staff, and community members can spend this back-to-school season by reviewing the mission and goals of their PTO or PTA groups, including how they handle topics like education and school fundraising.

What is a PTA or PTO group’s mission and purpose?

Parent groups exist to facilitate students in reaching their learning potential by representing them as well as providing a source of support to parents and the community. They advocate for a child’s well-being, and their education. Historically, the PTA was founded to promote the welfare of children in the home, school, and community. It sought to make the home/school relationship stronger and help parents and teachers work together. These PTA goals are still relevant today. Parent groups advocate for students and solve problems, and often end up handling the many school fundraisers that help provide educational and extracurricular activities to students.

How do parent groups run?

Generally, a PTA group elects a board and set of officers for a term of office. Officers and members work together to write and approve budgets and are recognized by the government as a tax-exempt group. Any money raised through school fundraisers belongs to the PTA and can be used only for purposes approved by its members.It is important to remember that parent groups are not just a funding resource for the school. They do not replace government funding, and they don’t work for the school. They work on behalf of the children and families.

What is the difference between a PTO and PTA group?

Schools that do not have PTA affiliations often develop separate groups like booster clubs and parent groups that end up with many of the same responsibilities as a PTA group. They are often called PTO groups, or “parent teacher organizations.” They are considered independent groups not officially linked to the state. These groups might choose this  independence for monetary reasons, or to separate themselves from the rules and regulations set forth by the national PTA. There is now a National PTO Network (NPN) that provides benefits similar to those available to PTA groups.