Boys vs. Girls Challenge Raises Over $450

By Chelsea Thul, Book Fair Chairperson at Washington Elementary in McPherson, KS

Chelsea with sons Carter, 10 and Maddox, 7Our school had never participated in the All for Books program before. As the new chairperson, I decided to give it a shot to add something different to our fair, so we had a school-wide boys vs. girls coin collection challenge. It was so easy for me as well. I'm on my own for book fair stuff so this was great for one person to take care of.

I know how much my kids love a PJ day and decided that would make a great prize for the winners. And it didn't cost anything!

I did it for a full week before the fair and during. It was the under the sea theme, so I made two treasure chests and decorated a table that sat at the front doors. Every day we put the money up there. I gave running totals with morning announcements as well, so the kids knew how they were doing.

We announced the winner in a morning announcement – it was the girls. We collected over $450 in change! I can't remember how much each one collected, but it was close.

The money was divided among the teachers from pre-k through 5th grade and even special education teachers. They were able to pick books from the fair for their individual classrooms.

This was a very fun and super easy way to get the kids to donate. They loved it!