Think ahead about items your students might like to purchase at the classroom auctions and involve the class Auctioneers early in the year. Encourage them to gather both tangible and intangible rewards.
- Electronic video games.
- iTunes gift certificates.
- Coupons or gift certificates to local businesses.
- Movie tickets.
- Passes to school plays or sports events (such as football or soccer games).
- Gift certificates from local merchants.
- Student-donated items (must be approved by the Auctioneer). Can be used as a tax deduction for the donor.
- Skip a class homework assignment (advance teacher approval required).
- Take a test open book or with notes (advance teacher approval required).
- Raise one quiz grade (advance teacher approval required).
- One month's free rent in classroom economy.
- One hour of tutoring. (A student providing tutoring for the auction can get a percentage of the sale and donate the remainder as a charitable deduction on his or her taxes.)
- Lunch with the teacher.
- Get the community involved by asking local businesses or vendors to donate products. Use our sample donation request letter.
- Request autographs from local celebrities, such as the principal, a coach, the mayor, or business leaders. You can have your students write letters to ask for them.
- Have Auctioneers actively involve other students in finding or contributing auction items.
- Hold a fundraising event to raise real–world money to buy items for auction.
In the year-end wrap-up, you could allow your students to pool their money and purchase a class reward, such as:
- Holding a class party.
- Watching a movie in class
- Wearing a hat in class.
- Holding a class outdoors.