As an active member of our School’s PTFA (I even run their blog!) I’m always on the lookout for ways to help the school raise more money. Any extra money that comes into the PTFA or school funds goes directly into enriching my children’s education so I’m always happy to help bring more cash in.
The Book Club idea isn’t a new concept. I remember the Book Club coming to school as a kid. The lady came with her brightly coloured cabinets filled with books and you went to the hall after school to have a look and then parents filled in a form and handed over their money to the lady running the club. Looking back it was probably a bit of a pain for the school. They had to take monies in, collate order forms and open the hall up after hours when what they really wanted to do was go home.
Now a days the Book Club is a little bit different. Scholastic Book Clubs are bang up to date with modern family life and now Book Clubs have gone high tech. You register online and have leaflets sent through to your school. The school hands the leaflets out to parents and gives them a link to order online (register at http://shop.scholastic.co.uk/bookclubs). Meaning parents can sit at home and order books from the comfort of their favourite chair, with a cup of tea and staff at school can sit back and watch the orders flood in online without having to handle the money or any orders. I particularly liked that you can set up email alerts for when orders are placed. It’s nice to know that the system is working! I spoke to the head and the admin team at our school to check that they were happy with the small admin items such as handing out leaflets and sharing the link and once agreed I got the ball rolling.
Then the orders are all put together and delivered to school. So orders can be put in book bags or collected from the reception. Easy, no fuss Book Clubs – what’s not to like! The added value for the school is that for each sale over £10 they get a percentage commission which is paid in money to spend on new books. What school doesn’t need new books? Ours even had a book amnesty this year to try and get back books that might have been lurking under children’s beds so I know they were just as thrilled as I was at the prospect of getting some money to help buy some more!
The books from Scholastic Book Clubs are great quality, big name authors, big name characters and best of all big on value. The offers in the book rivalled things I’d seen on the high street, which is important when parents are looking for competitive prices, they might want to support school fundraising but they also need to know they aren’t paying over the odds to do so. It really feels like the Scholastic Book Clubs have got the formula just right on that score!
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