It astounds me what a middle schooler will spend money on.
We have a student in the building who's been in critical care and seriously ill which is having, as you can well imagine, a bit of a financial impact on her family. Our PTO ladies decided that they could have a quick fundraiser by offering a St. Patrick's Day "Green Day" where they'd offer services such as hair gelling, hair spraying, green fingernail polish, shamrock temporary tattoos and the like. Prices were all to be under $2.00. They scheduled two hours for each grade, and it was up to the teacher's to decide if a kid was good enough to go. (That want something, they'll be angels - see my microscope posts for proof).
In any case, the kids went absolutely nuts and the PTO room was packed all day long. I have no idea how much money they raised but there were hardly any kids in the entire building that didn't have green hair, nails, or tattoos. You give a middle schooler a chance to spend money on something as stupid as putting green gel in hair, and they'll be plopping the bills down faster than you can say "Hand it over!"
Of couse, we teachers had to get involved because the PTO made it free for teachers (yet we all managed to toss some money into the collection box) and even had a breakfast there for us. Mrs. Eagle and I went in and had our hair sprayed green and our nails painted. The kids, of course, just loved it.
When you teach middle school you sometimes just have to swallow your pride and do something to look goofy.
I do, however, look stunning in green hair.
Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone!