Silver Smarties fundraiser

Silver Smarties is a simple fundraiser that's easy to organise, and has the promise of chocolate too

Silver Smarties is easy to run and gives the PTA a great return for little effort. Give parents and children (and anyone else who would like to be involved) a tube of Smarties and ask them to return the tube, filled with 20p pieces, by a certain date.

Save money by buying packs of Smarties in bulk from a wholesaler such as Booker, or source offers on Smarties in supermarkets. Allow participants several weeks to fill up their tubes, and set a deadline to get them back to you. Send out regular reminders by letter, email and social media to avoid empty tubes going in the bin.

Ask the children to complete tasks, chores or activities to earn 20p from friends and family to help them learn the value of work and experience how it feels to give away your hard-earned cash. Keep it inclusive by rewarding the class that collects the most boxes rather than focusing on the value of the contents – not everyone can afford the give their children money that is then given to the PTA.

Each Smarties tube will take £12-worth of 20p pieces, so if 30 of your supporters fill theirs up, that's over £340 profit

Poem publicity

To capture the attention of the children, write a poem and print onto labels that can be attached to your Smarties tubes. Here's a general poem you can send out to anyone – adults included.

We've given you these Smarties to eat

But the empty tube you must keep

For every task done, earn 20p

It's up to you to earn your fee

Fill up your tube, right to the top

Return in three weeks for our charity pot!

or

We've given you these Smarties to eat

But the empty tube you must keep

20p pieces are what you must find

Ask friends and family, they won't mind

Fill up your tube, right to the top

Return in three weeks and we'll collect the lot!

  • Based on a poem shared by Syreeta Oakes.
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