Back to School Supply Drive | Planning & Success
School budget cuts are leaving schools in need of classroom supplies and necessities more than ever. As teachers dip into their own pockets month after month to provide the simplest of classroom materials for their own students, school supply drives help offset the expense. Pump up your back to school school supply drive with free online sign ups and social media.
1. Free online signup sheets: Whether coordinating for one classroom, or the entire school, free online signups and donation schedulers are the solution for increasing participation in your drive and ramping up donations. Simply setting up all the needs in an easy to view list format online and inviting parents to sign up to donate from their smartphone or computer makes coordinating easy and signing up convenient, getting more people involved.
Parents can see what is filled and what is left to be donated, and automated reminders help everyone keep their commitments. The online signups also help convey dropoff location and information without the back and forth of reply all emails. Start planning NOW – take a free demo HERE
2. Socialize your Drive: Flyers home at back to school time are plentiful and can get lost, crumpled or forgotten quickly. Repeated calls to donate to the school supply drive online however, are quick reminders for parents who are largely on smartphones or tablets and using social media. Post School Supply Drive updates and signup links on your school’s website, in the eNewsletter, on your school’s facebook page and twitter account, and on the classroom blog.
BONUS: Get key room parents and amabassadors with social followings of fellow school parents to also help strategically promote the school supply drive on social media. Give the drive a hashtag and due date to help spread the word and expedite donations.
3. Recognize the success of your drive: When all is said and done and school supplies have been officially placed in classrooms, spread the word of success and how many items were collected. Recognize key volunteers who helped and show appreciation to all of those who donated with special shouts on facebook and twitter, a designated section in the eNewsletter and with a special mention at Back to School night.