Our Spring Fundraiser Prizes are Bigger & Better than Ever!

Fundraiser Prizes

When it comes to school fundraisers, fundraiser prizes are just as important as the products in the catalogs. Pushing students to sell can be a bit like wrangling cats, but if you have well-planned incentives and a great prize program your fundraiser will be much more successful. Continue reading

How to Utilize Teachers in Your Fundraiser to Boost Participation

blog-teacherrewardideasTeachers work hard every day, so during your fundraising campaign you may hesitate to ask too much of them. However, we have a great Teacher Rewards Programs that will both enthuse and reward teachers for their efforts. We also have expert advice on other creative ways to rally teachers’ help during your fundraiser.

Our methods have successfully boosted seller participation, fostered playful competition, and instilled a positive and forward-thinking outlook during fundraising campaigns.

Here’s a checklist on how to involve teachers in the fundraising process to boost participation: Continue reading

Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week!

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! 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 honor his or her teacher this week by sending them a thank you card, volunteering in the classroom or surprising them with a Mixed Bag.

Each teacher has a different style of teaching, but when it comes to fashion every teacher should dress for success. Shop our website to find the latest on bags and accessories. Our favorite is the Black Swirl File Box, which can easily transport your student’s homework or your lesson planner wherever you go.

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Take notes – If you teach or know someone who teaches elementary, K-12 or middle school and signs up for a Fall 2016 fundraiser before July 1st, they will receive 10 free teacher bags. Continue reading

Boosting Participation: Get Teachers Involved

 

How to Boost Fundraiser ParticipationEveryone knows how important teachers are to happy, well-rounded students. Mixed Bag Designs wanted to create a Teacher Rewards Program to make the school fundraising process more fun for our hard-working teachers.

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10 Great Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas!

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8. Even though it’s fast-approaching there is still time to put together great gifts for your favorite hard-working teachers. Here are 10 super teacher appreciation ideas Mixed Bag Designs loves!

Great Gift Ideas

  • Surprise them with new classroom decorations
  • Write cute phrases on a poster or card and give a coordinating gift set. Examples include “You’re the Icing on the Cake!” given with a decorated cake and goodies or “You Warm Our Hearts” with coffees, teas and soups.
  • Pay for a substitute teacher for a day, so the teacher can choose an extra day off!
  • A watch along with a note “Thanks for Watching Over Our Kids!” The teacher will wear it everyday and be reminded of your gratitude!
  • Scratch-off lottery tickets with note saying “We’re Lucky to Have You!” waiting on their desk.

Free Appreciation Ideas

  •  Organize volunteers to cover lunch and playground duty
  • Create a student mural to surprise the teacher
  • Surprise him or her with breakfast and coffee waiting for them on their desk
  • Ask each student to draw a picture or write a letter to their teacher. Then put the letters together in a booklet as a keepsake.
  • Students offer to wash the teacher’s car

Teacher Appreciation: Our Favorite Teachers

Teacher Appreciation Week - Mixed Bag DesignsTeacher Appreciation Week kicks off today and runs for the rest of the week. Although teacher appreciation often extends beyond just this week, we wanted to celebrate today by remembering some of our favorite teachers. Here are some reflections on those special teachers from the Mixed Bag Designs team. Thank you to all of our educators and teachers across the country – we appreciate your time, your patience, your ability to make even the boring topics seem interesting and most of all we appreciate how much you have taught us and let us grow!

“My absolute favorite teacher was my second grade teacher, Ms. Dautel. She was awesome because she really made learning fun. She never dressed like an adult, but she commanded so much respect. Our class won every contest because she was so imaginative. She had a contest where the top 4 students with the highest grades would be able to come to her house. She was coordinating a party for the students. I ended up being one. It was SO AWESOME…I miss Mrs. Karen Dautel.” – Chartate, in-house sales

“Rachel and I were home schooled, so our mom was actually our teacher. I remember her teaching me how to read and how to hold a pencil to write my name when I was very young – no easy task considering that I am a lefty and she is right-handed! Looking back, Rachel and I both have nothing but love and appreciation for our mom/teacher – she always put in so much care and effort to make sure she gave us the best education that she was able to.” – Sarah & Rachel, customer service

“My favorite teacher goes back to the impressionable year of 3rd grade. Tiny Mrs. Volkoff, (maybe 4’8” tops) became bigger than life as she read chapters from Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn to our class every day after lunch as a treat. She gave each character their own vocalization, bringing the stories to life and truly inspired my love of reading to this day. I still smile when I think of her.” – Ellen, account rep

“One of my favorite teachers was my 3rd grade teacher Ms. Donna Stein. She had a passionate, fiery personality that lit up the classroom and made school fun and exciting. She thrived on creative projects and inspired each of us (even at just 8 years old!) to think outside the box and expand our creative limits. My most favorite memory of her class was our end-of-year play that we put together and performed in front of the whole school. Ms. Stein always promoted theatrics and gave us such confidence; it is thanks to her that I do not have a fear of public speaking today!” – Amy, marketing

How To Get Involved in School – A Guide for Parents

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As a new school year begins, parents are thinking about ways to stay actively involved in their child’s education. Participation in a parent-teacher organization, or PTO, is great way to show your support, whether it be through membership or simply volunteering a few times in the school year during fundraisers or when time permits. There are lots of ways for parents to help during a school fundraiser; for example, with a catalog fundraiser, ask if you can help distribute orders when the fundraiser is finished. Even from home, you may be able to help by making signs to hang at school to help spread the word about an upcoming fundraiser and share information and important dates with other parents. If you are a busy, working parent and don’t feel like you are able to give much, remember that a few hours of help is appreciated and can make a big difference. Volunteering your valuable time just once or twice shows your child that his or her activities at school matter to you. If joining a parent group isn’t an option, it might be possible to speak directly with a student’s class teacher to offer a helping hand with tasks like reading or craft projects. Another idea for helping get involved during the school year is attending field trips, which often require extra volunteers to help chaperon and keep an eye on students. These trips are often educational and give children unique experiences in the community, but wouldn’t be possible without help from parents.

Many parents do their best to attend school events that their children are involved in, whether it be a sports game or school play. If work or another commitment prevent you from being able to attend, try to see if a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or family friend can attend to provide moral support to your student.

If, as a parent, you are interested in being involved at the level of academic policy-making, see if your student’s school has a special parent advisory club or council. These groups often help determine new administrative directions and are becoming more important in educational reform. Many school boards need candidates for different officer seats, as well as volunteers for specific committees.

When you are involved at your child’s school, remember to keep your relationship with teachers and staff productive by communicating often, staying flexible, and listening to different points of view. Frequent communication will help maintain a strong partnership with your child’s school. Although there will be times when conflict arises and parents and teachers disagree, remember: at the end of the day, the goal of parents and the school is to enrich and educate your child.