Friday, September 20, 2013

Teaching Good Communication Skills Through School Fundraising.

It’s no secret that The Chip Shoppe has helped raise millions of dollars in fund raising across the country. The main reason for fundraising is to raise money for a group or organization but there is so much more to it than that. Actively participating in a fundraising event teaches children important life skills; mainly, if you want something, you have to work for it. The harder you work, the greater the reward. Running a fundraiser teaches children a valuable lesson about how making money is used to buy things they want or need, but perhaps the most important skill a child can learn from fundraising is the development of good communication.
A child that is participating in a fundraiser learns to speak more clearly and effectively, and better understands communication, spelling, writing, and other language orientated tasks. Although they may not realize it at the time, these are skills they will use forever. Most employers list communication skills as the top desired skills for today’s job market. Ironically, it is also among the top of the list of skills most college grads are lacking. Having a child take part in a fundraiser is a great way to start teaching communication skills with new people, since most kids are shy around new people (especially adults). Fundraising helps children become more comfortable with social interaction- the better you do, the more you will gain gives incentive to be active and outgoing. 

Children can practice their presentation skills with family friends and extended family, since most parents don’t want their children going door to door. Most people don’t expect young children to have sales skills, but making a sale gives a child more and more confidence. Each dollar raised makes the child feel more accomplished.

All of these activities should be supervised by a parent or guardian. Not only is it important to insure a child is fundraising safely, spending time with them to will increase their chances of success, boost their confidence and create a unique bonding experience. In the end, a good fundraising experience should benefit everyone involved.

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