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Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Little Luck O' the Irish and Some Help from the Easter Bunny

Want to know a SUCESSFUL way to build community and raise money for a great cause?  I have two words for you:


Our little school has been doing this for years.  It always falls on the Friday before St. Patrick's Day, and it is a total blast!  So much so that some alumni have been known to show up at the walk in the afternoon after feeling mysteriously ill around noon at the high school!

Check it out:

 Here's the general idea:  The parents and community make, bake, and/or buy cakes, cookies, and breads to be up for grabs during each walk.  Cookies can be a penny walk like shown above......................................

and SPECIAL CAKES can be allocated for the BIG DOLLAR walks:

The upper grades, 4-6,  all have jobs to do from collecting money out on the floor to helping move cakes and keep the music going on stage.

Right after mass, the gym starts filling with kids and parents and grandparents.  The gym has shamrocks on the floor numbering 1-220 (I think we went that high??)  The music starts, and then it stops, and if the number called out is the number on the shamrock you are standing on, you win the baked good featured on that walk.

We have walks that cost 1-5-10-25-50 cents and the dollar walks for special cakes.  We also have class walks, alumni walks, and, at the end of the day, whoever has not won a cake walk.

It's a great time!

Our youngest cake walker!

HEY!  Three of my favorite people!

 This year our walk brought in almost $3800.00!  That's all in loose change and a few dollar bills!  Ok, some of our parents have been known to not ask for change back and given generously in the process, but that's still an awesome sum for one day of fun!  We actually set a record this year!  Give this idea a try at your school.  Yes, it was a day out of our regularly scheduled program, but the kids learned math skills, organization skills, and a zillion life skills on this special day!


  1. That sounds like a wonderful idea. We do a fall/spring festival, but this would liven things up a lot!

  2. Awesome idea. What a great way to raise money and have fun too. Love the leprechaun

  3. Wow! It looks like you have great community support! That is awesome! I love the cake surrounded by the pieces of Kit Kat with the rubber ducks! Too cute! Hope ya'll have a Happy Easter!



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