“I have two kids, ages seven and ten. They both go the same elementary school, one that has been great for many reasons. First, I feel that they’re both getting great educations, and for me, nothing is more important. Also, the community of parents and children that we’ve become a part of is diverse, intelligent and just truly wonderful. My wife and I feel constantly lucky and fortunate to be a part of it, so when the school called to ask if wanted to contribute either time or money to the annual school fundraiser, we were excited to say yes.
We decided that we wanted to contribute a little bit of both. We set up a little game show on the baseball field, our little take on “Are you smarter than a fifth grader.” We enrolled other parents to compete with the students on trivia questions. If the parent won, it would cost the student a raffle ticket, but if the kid won, they would earn extra tickets, all of which could be exchanged for some pretty impressive prizes at the end. I really wanted to set up something that looked authentic, and my research quickly let me to both trade show displays and thedisplayoutlet.com, two sites that are wonderful resources for anyone who is trying to get noticed. My wife thinks that she’ll use them again and again for her own work, and they were perfect in helping to design our game show.
It’s amazing how much we parents have forgotten over the years. From simple algebra to American history, these students consistently devoured the adults. It was amazing. My favorite moment was when my daughter was matched up against the school principal, Mr. Horowitz. The question regarded magnetism, and I was so impressed when my daughter came up with the right answer. The entire crowd applauded when Mr. Horowitz came over and handed her her tickets. By the end of the fair, my two kids had amassed such a wealth of raffle tickets, that they were able to trade them in for four major league baseball tickets. The fair was a huge success and the school made a lot of money. To top it all off, my wife and I were the talk of the town. I know it’s not about that, but it certainly does feel good to get some recognition for the hard work. My wife and I are already thinking about what we might want to do for next year’s fair, however I have a feeling we might be pressured into doing our game show again.