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treats for my kid’s Fall Fest fundraiser

So this post is a little unusual without the how-tos and whatnot, but I wanted to share with you a bit of what I’ve been up to the past week. Spurred by the desire to make lots o’ money to help my daughter’s new, up-and-coming charter school here in Washington DC, and also a bit motivated by mom guilt because my time is about to be limited and I may be unable to help once this baby arrives, I volunteered to help with the Fall Fest fundraiser. And by the way, I just “helped.” The parents running this event are freakin’ amazing. Forgive my language, but seriously, these are some committed and talented moms and dads.

A little background if you don’t have charter schools in your area…  public charter schools offer kids an alternative to their local public school. But the charter schools, just like their public school counterparts, vary in quality and all have to fight to survive and to give their kids the best resources possible. Money is essential for that, of course, though dedicated parents and school staff are even more important. So yeah, we live next door–actually NEXT DOOR– to our local elementary school, but instead I drive 30 minutes in rush hour traffic to drop my kid off in the heart of the city so she can attend this school with kids from every single ward in Washington DC also willing to make the trek.  I could go on and on about this charter school topic, so I’ll stop here. Read a bit about the Washington DC public school system HERE from my post last year (though my daughter is actually on page 23 in the Washington Post gallery, not 9 anymore) and read more about my daughter’s school, the Inspired Teaching Public Charter School HERE. And anyone with kids in DC looking into charter schools, feel free to contact me with questions about Maeve’s school!

Back to the fundraiser. Mostly my helping involved many hours of sorting and lifting and moving and pricing goods to sell at our outrageously successful Sidewalk Sale. (Our Sidewalk Sale rocked!)  But I also made some cookies and marshmallows to sell for the fest, which apparently sold out (yay!) though I missed the cookie marshmallow bonanza since I was out selling all day at said Sidewalk Sale. I wish I took more pictures.

I made a bunch of pumpkin and sunflower decorated cookies, wrapped them individually in cellophane bags with ribbon and put them in a basket. I also used the bags of Jumbo marshmallows that I got from KRAFT Jet-Puffed. Remember these and these? I just used my usual how-tos for coating marshmallows in sprinkles (find how-tos HERE, and the video HERE), let them dry for several hours, and wrapped each in cellophane bag with ribbon. I propped them in a Styrofoam block covered in tissue paper and sold them for a buck each. They were Jumbo-sized after all. Well, these marshmallows sold out completely. So thank you to Jet-Puffed for helping raise money for my kid’s school!!

Oh yes, and I also made cookies for the Chili cook-off winners.

I didn’t wrap alone. Maeve had a couple of her friends/schoolmates (and the mom of friends/schoolmates who also led the Sidewalk Sale and its stunning success) come over to help. It was their fundraiser after all!

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11 Comments

  1. Posted October 25, 2012 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    how great! I bet they loved it all!

  2. Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful way to help. I am sure everyone loved all the treat, I hope the school was able to make a lot of money.

  3. Posted October 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Very cute. How do you get the frosting on the pumpkins to have that pumpkin textured look?

  4. meaghanmountford
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Hee hee, Lynda, I love that you like the textured look, because the answer is laziness! Rather than thinning frosting for flooding, often when I’m decorating in bulk I skip the extra step and just use the thicker consistency to fill, by piping rather than flooding. So in theory, it should be flooded for a smooth cookie, but I just use a 4 or 5 tip and pipe lines there instead! I did the same with the centers of the sunflowers, but piped a swirl instead of flooding those.

  5. Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    You were so lucky to have such wonderful little helpers!

  6. Posted October 26, 2012 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    jumbo marshmallows=awesomeness and decorated by you even better! kudos because it probably is not easy to do all that while baking another kiddo :)

  7. Posted October 27, 2012 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    You are an amazing mom and very talented too. I live in herndon, northern virginia and looking for fundraising ideas for my son’s school too. He goes to a Title One school so money can be tight at times. At the PTA we try ur best to help as much as we can. Could you please tell me more about your fundraiser and how you made it a sucess? I would appreciate your help, Thanks.

  8. Beth Murray
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Maeve is SO LUCKY to have you for a Mom. And look at those blonde curls! Love it!

  9. Posted October 27, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Love the marshmallows! Such a darling idea!

  10. meaghanmountford
    Posted October 28, 2012 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Hi Renuka! I know waaaay less than the awesome parents running this event, but the Sidewalk Sale made a surprising amount of money. We coordinated the sidewalk sale on the same day as the Fall Fest (the latter was school-only, the sidewalk sale was open to all), which meant we had all of the Fall Fest traffic as well as local neighborhood traffic. For the two weeks prior, we had parents donate all their clutter and stuff they no longer wanted, set it out on the sidewalk sale, priced it very cheaply, and we made about 4 times what we expected. It was amazing. Little to no expense setting it up, but people love to buy stuff!

  11. Posted October 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Your cookies and marshmallows are so bright and cheery! Love the blue ribbon cookie:) You deserve a blue ribbon for all your help! Your daughter is very focused on her work:)

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