5251 - Student Fund-Raising Activities


Adoption Date: 10/12/2000, Revised: 3/8/2012 
5000 - Students

5251 Student Fund-Raising Activities

Fund-raising projects in which students sell merchandise, provide services, or in other ways solicit money for school activities may be sponsored by school organizations with the express approval of the Superintendent or designee. Any such plan shall have a clearly defined purpose and, in general, shall contribute to the educational experience of students and shall not conflict with instructional programs.

Only those organizations granted approval by the Superintendent or designee shall have permission to solicit donations and contributions from students. 

All fund-raising activities must be voluntary, and no direct solicitation of students is permitted on school premises during school hours.  However, the District will allow the following forms of indirect solicitation:

1.                   the sale of goods, services, or tickets to an event (social, musical, athletic, etc.), where a portion of the funds go to support a student activity (non-school organizations are addressed in policy 1512);

2.                   the recruitment of students during school hours to participate in fund-raising activities to be conducted off school premises and/or when school is not in session.  School Personnel are permitted to hang posters or distribute flyers notifying students of these activities; and

3.                   the placement of a bin or collection box in a hallway or other common area for the voluntary donation of food, clothing, money or other items, with the permission of the Superintendent or designee.

 Off School Premises
Fund-raising activities sponsored by the School District requiring door-to-door solicitation are prohibited.

Policy References:
NYS Constitution, Article 8 §1
Education Law §414
8 NYCRR §§ 19.6 (Rules of the Board of Regents); 172.1 et seq.
Appeal of Ponte, 38 EDR 280 (1998)
Guidelines Relating to Solicitation of Charitable Donations from School Children, SED, January 1994

Policy Cross References:
 » 1512 - Fund Drives for Outside (Non-School) Purposes