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Ideas for Tweens and Teens

  • Best Seat in the House
    Score a used sofa (someone's sure to have one lying around), and position it on the sidelines, close to the court or field. For $1, offer a raffle ticket and a chance for the winner and two friends to have "the best seat in the house!" at the next home game. Draw and announce winner at half-time. (You could make this a staple at your ticket sale booth, and offer this raffle option at every home game! Don't forget to keep those sitting in the "best seat" well supplied with snacks and drinks!)
  • Can and bottle collectionCollect Cans and Bottles
    The Grades 5 and 6 Life Skills class at Wayland-Cohocton, taught by Jennifer King, collected, washed and returned $300-worth of cans and bottles for Golisano Children’s Hospital. Make your school or neighborhood a cleaner place and help your peers at the same time.
  • Stroll for Strong Kids
    Collect pledges and walk or run in Stroll for Strong Kids. Enjoy fun activities and free lunch! Hey, maybe your entire school could form a team.
  • Penfield Running ChallengeSponsored Running Event
    Each fall, Penfield holds a running challenge to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital. Cross-country and track teams can participate to build up team morale, get some running practice in and raise money for their peers. Start a running challenge in your own community.
  • Mr. "Your School Mascot Here" Pageant
    Don’t pass up the opportunity to organize this hilariously fun event for your classmates!
  • Quarter-Mile Miracle
    Join us in May, Miracle Month, for this fun event. Your entire school can get involved by collecting enough quarters to span a quarter-mile!
  • Turn Your Garage into a Movie Theater
    Fairport teen Maureen Dever hosted a movie night "camp" for neighborhood kids one summer night. Dever charged admission to a “private showing” of Disney's "High School Musical" and selling cheap theatre-style treats. Share a favorite movie with friends for a great summer gathering.
  • Radiothon Change Bandit
    ‘Rob’ your classmates and teachers of their spare change, and collect it for a cause. Kind of like real-life Robin Hood and Jesse James, mixed together.
  • Slumber PartySlumber Party or Gathering with Friends
    A group of friends decided to get together to make 36 funky pillows for patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Brainstorm some fun projects you and your friends can do to make a difference.
  • Pancake Breakfast or Spaghetti Dinner
    Hold it at your school or another location; a great service project and bonding opportunity for teams.
  • Hoops for Strong Kids
    Collect pledges for each basket made by throwing balls from ‘stations,’ each with a designated shooting style (e.g., foul shot, three-pointer, lay-up, etc.)
  • Teachers vs. Student Games
    Pick your sport!  Basketball, Volleyball, etc.! Don't forget to mention that admission to this competition supports the region's only children's hospital.
  • Car Wash
    Partner with a local mini-mart or gas station to provide the water.  You provide the manpower, soap and buckets – wash cars for a donation.
  • Flower Sale
    Sell carnations to your classmates and teachers, at local stores or on street corners. Great idea for Spirit Weeks! Classes can compete to see who sells more.
  • Brockport High Dance MarathonDance Marathon
    Host a 12- or 24-hour event with dancing, games, music, and fun!

    Brockport High School celebrated its 38th annual dance marathon in March 2011. This fundraiser is older than a lot of grown-ups! Kids stay up all night with activities and games to raise funds for leukemia research, a type of cancer, for the Department of Hematology/Oncology at Golisano Children’s Hospital. This event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years!

Ideas for Young Children