As federal, state and local governments continue to slash school funding budgets and overworked parents and administrators struggle to raise important funds that help with the most basic of needs inside the classroom.
Arizona based franchise, Apex Fun Run has increased funding for schools across the United States over 100% year over year using their unique school fund-raising model. This mobile franchise model is on pace to raise over 6 million dollars for schools across 16 states for the 2014/2015 fiscal year.
With over 56 franchisees in 16 states this company is reshaping the school fundraiser model. Gone are the days of hawking cookie dough and wrapping paper—Apex Fun Run earns on average $23,000 per school per Fun Run event held.
The concept is simple, Apex Fun Run franchisees collaborate with school PTO/As and faculty, and produce a meaningful and “hassle-free” school fun run that is financially successful and builds leadership and fitness values in the students who participate. Between a pep rally, teacher competitions and awareness building over two weeks, the momentum will culminate with the Fun Run on the last day of Apex’s time at each school. Kids run laps on a special course set up by Apex and friends, parents and family donate per lap.
“It’s a win-win for schools,” said Apex Fun Run Vice President of Franchise Development, Jeremy Barnhart. “We handle the heavy lifting, worry about all the details and the schools are the ones who get the money they so desperately need.”
Here’s a quick look at what Apex Fun is all about:
• APEX Fun Run is a 2-week hasslefree fundraiser promoting fitness and leadership for elementary schools. A team of athletes will be on your campus for the full length of the program to teach students valuable leadership lessons, raise pledges, and serve the teachers.
• This is the major school fundraiser for the semester. No nickel and diming parents! And teachers will get a percentage of the money raised for their own classroom! Students will be raising pledges for each lap they run at the APEX Fun Run.
Who is APEX:
• The program is run by athletes who are all very passionate about building leaders, and are all deeply connected to teachers and principals in education.
• This program is set up to promote fitness and leadership traits to students. APEX has transformed the traditional idea of a product sale into a fun, fitnesscentered event that students and teachers enjoy.
• The program is set up to raise more money for the teachers and the school than any other product sale could. In fact, 10% of the funds raised by each class go directly back to the teacher’s budget for supplies, food, field trips…
• Teacher Meeting:
Before the program, we will meet and go over details of 2-week program, review FAQ and hand out posters, etc. Teachers become coaches and teachers, together with their students, pick a class name. During teacher meeting, coaches also decide on class awards for varying pledge levels. All teachers receive their Fun Run jersey.
• Pep Rally:
Our team, backed up by booming sound system, dancing, music and exceedingly high energy, will introduce the program, and prizes, to students. Teachers will receive lanyards/pledge kits that we have for each student.
• Set Goals:
Coaches decide on goals for their classrooms with pledges (usually 3x the amount of students as the dollars per lap raised) and email parents to let them know that teachers will be getting money directly for this fundraiser, and they need the parents’ help to reach the goal and how their child’s teacher will spend the money raised.
• Team Days:
For the 6 days after the Pep Rally, the APEX team will come into class for 5-8 minutes/day to give the lesson and reward students. This is a time for coaches to sit back and enjoy, and keep the students going on their pledges to earn class prizes.
• Fun Run:
The culmination of the nine prior days peaks at the actual APEX Run! Parents and teachers come and enjoy the run with the students (45 minutes) and encourage them with noise makers, cheering sections, and at water station. At the end of each group of two grades (one grade runs on one course; two grades run simultaneously on adjacent courses), we hand out clipboards to teachers to count their students’ laps. APEX team records all laps for every student in computer system to generate pledge letters.
• Follow Up:
APEX will give an envelope to all students to collect funds the day after the race. Follow up, computergenerated letters and emails will be provided to PTO and teachers to ensure all of the money pledged is collected.