Social Media In The Classroom

Digital Ecosystem Today’s society consists around social media as almost the entire world population has a smartphone or some type of access to the internet. Many would argue that we’re living in a digital world constantly surrounded by distractions. Although these distractions are attributed to the constant “bad habit” of checking our social news feed, it’s a bad habit our society isn’t going to shake. Social Media is apart of our world.   “If You…

Dan’s Fundraising Story

Sometimes a little storytelling in the classroom brings a lesson to life. Here, we’re sharing one that helps illustrate why we do what we do. We were lucky enough to chat with one of our customers about his experience from a first-person perspective on the impact fundraising has had for his students. Dan Hofmann is a music teacher in Gurney, IL. Of the 328 kids in his school, almost one-third of them participate in one…

Don’t Go at it Alone

Tony Stark has Pepper Potts.  Ozzy has Sharon.  Elvis had Colonel Tom Parker.  Most of the time, the greats just don’t do it alone. There’s a manager for the distractions, a partner in crime, a coach with advice as you need it, or a great friend that has your back and makes sure the details don’t get in the way of the task at hand. Think about the friend who tells you when you’re dating someone…

Century Resources: Founded With Music in Mind!

A music teacher’s life can be one of isolation. Okay, maybe that’s dramatic. But, the music department is an island…one that feels like it’s suffering erosion on its shores on a constant basis. Curriculum is different from the academic subjects, and the departments run much differently. We can honestly say, we get it. Century Resources has been working with music teachers like you for almost 40 years. As a matter of fact, we were founded…

Don’t Dread Delivery Day!

It’s coming! Delivery day.   Once the fundraiser is underway, the panic starts to trickle in. The organizing, the chaos, the confusion…the time. Even if you have a great kick-off, a sneaking sense of dread tends to creep in as the the order arrival gets closer. But there’s no need to worry There are a few things you can do to reduce the pain. Actually, you can practically eliminate the stress entirely with the right…

Awards Students are Excited About

Hey kids, I’ve picked out a great fundraiser for us this year! Pause. <Collective groan> If this is the scenario playing out in your dreams prior to announcing this year’s fundraiser with your music students, let’s step back for a moment. For most, if not all of your students, this isn’t their first fundraiser. Which means they may be coming in with certain expectations. Some may have put in great efforts in the past to…

Fundraising 101: Make Ordering Easy

School fundraising has changed over the years. Let’s be honest – how people communicate, how they comparison shop, and how they spend money has changed, too. Somehow lugging around a box full of samples isn’t cutting it anymore. Just like any other products for sale, the fundraising program you choose should make the most of the current ways people buy through digital channels, both using them to promote and offer purchasing options which make it…

Fundraising 101: Sell What People Want

It would be simple to have a successful fundraiser if you sold what people were looking to buy. With that said, there are a wide range of companies and products to choose from. How do you choose what’s best for your group to sell? First, remember that some fundraising companies actually do research products to see which make sense for their business model. Think about it. It does them no good to offer items that…

4 Steps to a Successful Fundraiser

  In between curriculum development, running after-school groups, department management, and individual student considerations, music teachers and department leads are increasingly needing to fill in the blanks where funds are missing from annual music department budgets. Enter…the annual fundraiser. It’s a necessary evil – so you may as well make sure that you’re going to make it as easy on yourself (and your students) as you can. Here are 4 key items to consider as…

Making Peace with the Necessary Evil: Fundraising

Ah, the start of school. A fresh beginning with well-rested students and the runway to try out all the new ideas that you developed during your summer “off”.   As the first days approach, reality sets in. You recall the budget discussions from the Spring, and your brow furrows, frustrated that your Glee/Drumline/High School Musical fantasy scenario isn’t going to be as easy as you’d hoped. The budget (or lack thereof) from your district is…