‘We start organising our Christmas raffle about a month in advance, and with the school being well known in the local community, we receive good prizes thanks to the generosity of local firms. At our last raffle we had around 15 prizes, including bowling vouchers, cinema vouchers, beauty therapies, various hampers, bottles of spirits and champagne, plus £100 cash. We always seek permission to thank benefactors publicly via our Facebook pages and on a display screen at school.
We purchased 3,000 tickets for £40, and we already had a £20 lottery licence so we could sell in advance. We advertised the raffle throughout December and sent a book of tickets home with every child for families to sell. Tickets cost £1 each, and as they came in books of five people generally bought a book. We also sold tickets at our Christmas concerts, with winners being drawn at the last performance.
Our target was £900 to buy six LEGO Boost Creative Toolboxes at £150 each. This idea was proposed by our lead ICT teacher, and the ‘coding’ aspect attracted her attention. She is quite active within the PTA and comes to most meetings, so she had the opportunity to explain the benefits to us directly at one meeting. We were all excited by it and knew this would be something the children would get excited about, too.
The raffle was a fantastic success and we raised £1,075. We’ve had the LEGO Boost kits for five months now. The school were keen to structure a proper curriculum around the kits, and not have them wasted as “toys”. They’re proving to be a popular resource.’
Jamie Binns, PTA Member, Whittaker Moss Primary School, Rochdale, Greater Manchester (330 pupils)