Raise money for yearbook with a video game party

Written by Idea File Staff

Southwest Miami High School came up with a fun, creative yearbook fundraiser recently by organizing a video game competition.

They created three game stations in the cafeteria: Call of Duty on Xbox, Dance Central 2 on Xbox 360 Kinect and Smash Bros. Brawl on Nintendo Wii. Staff members provided the video game systems and each station was set up with an AV cart, a projector and a portable screen.

SW Miami Xbox party

Students paid to compete and watch at a video game contest yearbook fundraiser for SW Miami High School.

Students paid $5 to enter the competition, which also got them a slice of pizza and a soda (both donated). Students who did not want to play could still pay $1 to attend and watch. A local grocery store provided concessions that were set up far away from the gaming area.

The staff kept things organized. Players entered in the competition were given wristbands. Students who paid to watch were given a hand stamp. Prizes for the game competitors were all donated and included $60, $40 and $20 gift cards from GameStop.

The night before the competition, the staff created brackets for each category, as well as “Sponsored-by” posters for each station. The entire competition lasted about two and a half hours and was a huge success.

Idea File Staff

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