School Calendars - Dunbar Primary School Parent Council, East Lothian

What did you do?

The School Calendar Team of two parents secure local business advertising, typically two adverts per month (£50 each or three for £135) to cover the printing costs of the calendar. During the first fortnight of term, every pupil produces their own self portrait, as well as portraits of each teacher. More than twenty parents come into the school dining hall on the last Friday morning in August to collate, cut out and stick on the portraits by birth month - this is great fun! The team then scan these 12-month sheets and design the calendar. This includes all Parent Council event dates such as the monthly meetings, social and fundraising events, fortnightly science club and (Nit) Bug Busting Weekends, etc.
The calendars are printed by the end of October ready for a rota of class reps (parent volunteers from each class), to sell them at the four Parent/Teacher meetings in early November.
Twelve parents sold calendars, water bottles, hi-viz jackets and tickets for our Ladies' Night event at the parent meetings.

Who was involved?

We have a team of two parents who co-ordinate this but twelve more parents help to sell the calendars. Local businesses pay for adverts to be placed on the calendar.

What was the biggest success?

It's a good fundraiser but also helps to let parents know the dates of our meetings and our events in advance.

Are you going to continue with this work, or has it inspired you to do something else?

Yes we will continue this. It has now become a regular fixture in the school.

Source of funding (if any)?

Advertising by local businesses covers the cost of the printing.

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