Prizes and Incentives

Everyone likes to be recognized for their extra efforts - especially kids.  However, some prizes are motivating and others not so much. Try to develop a prize program that is unique, motivational and gets the production up “per seller”.  Below are a few prize ideas.

  1. Cash is King This is true for all student sellers, but more specifically your older kids who need spending money or specifically GAS money. Think about using cash prizes for your top seller or top 3 sellers.  It’s a great motivator in the older age groups.
  1. Age appropriate prizes Key chains and school spirit wear are great incentives for pretty much any age seller. Talk through options with the sponsor or administration to make sure you are in line with those items. They need to be motivational and help increase sales.
  1. KISS Approach  Keep It Simple Stupid!!!  Don’t over complicate the prize program.  If you want to do a participation prize for anyone who sells a single item that’s great.  The main purpose for the prizes is to motivate the sellers, generate a quick start, and reward those efforts.
  1. Instant Gratification  Younger sellers like instant gratification and winning the prize immediately.  Again make sure it follows the KISS principle and that it makes sense.
  1. Share the cost Don’t be afraid to ask the chairperson to help cover the cost of the prizes.  If they want an elaborate prize program (gift cards, food, cash, etc) then they should help pay. Have this conversation BEFOREHAND.  Don’t spring it on them at the last minute.
  1. Cost is a factor If cost is a factor, get creative.  Offer a free homework pass.  Offer 15 extra minutes of recess. Offer lunch with your favorite teacher or the principal. Be principal for a day. Preferred parking spot for a month or a semester. Principal sleeps on the school roof overnight.  Shave the principal’s head or have a silly string party for all the participants to douse the principal or coach.  All of these things are great incentives with zero (or minimal) cost.  
  1. Ask for ideas If you are having trouble figuring out a good prize program or something that makes sense, shoot and email to and we’ll be happy to brainstorm some prize options and ideas with you.

Prize Ideas:

  • coupon books
  • gift cards
  • earbuds
  • lanyards
  • key chains
  • apparel
  • free pass for ______ while at school
  • free parking spot for (designated time frame)
  • lunch with principal or favorite teacher
  • extra privileges - extra time at recess, free homework pass

Elaborate prize incentives might include:

  • pizza or ice cream party for the entire class, grade, or school
  • limo ride during the school day to and from lunch (top 10 sellers)
  • game day experience with your local professional sports team - locker room tour, on the field or the court, meet and greet (maybe) with some of the pro athletes


National Food Days

June 20th - National Vanilla Milkshake Day
June 21st - National Smoothie Day
June 25th - National Catfish Day


Group Relations Guidance


When filling out the fundraising agreements, it is critical that you are CLEAR on your notes, information, and instructions.  The more details we have, the fewer delays there will be in processing your orders. Please note the following on any contracts you send in:

  1. New Group vs. Resign Group
  2. Rep Delivering Books vs. Corporate Shipping Books
  3. What Market? (don’t make us guess which book you are using for a group)
  4. Contact info for the Group Leader including email and cell phone number


Weekly Tip


During the month of June, all ICs need to complete new paperwork for the school year 2024-25. This will include your IC Agreement and also updating your W-9 for tax purposes and banking information.

If you have not received your new paperwork by today please contact the team by sending an email to so we can get it to you.  


Fun Facts - Father’s Day

  1. A.A. Milne created Winnie the Pooh for his son, Christopher Robin
  2. Father’s Day was invented by Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd who wanted to honor her father. He was a widowed war veteran who raised 6 children. 
  3. The first father’s day was June 19, 1910.
  4. Calvin Coolidge was the first president to support the concept of Father’s Day in 1924.
  5. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation designating Father’s Day the 3rd Sunday in June.
  6. Hallmark says that Father’s Day is the 5th largest card sending holiday.
  7. Rose is the official flower of Father’s Day.  The white rose denotes deceased and red rose denotes that the father is living.
  8. The most popular father’s day gift is a necktie.
  9. There are 72 million fathers and 29 million of those fathers are also grandfathers.
  10. The world record for the most children, 69, was held by the first wife of Feodor Vassilyev from Moscow. They had 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets.


Prizes and Incentives