Who Can I Talk to in the Summer?

Now that you’ve worked on your list of principals at the area Middle Schools and Elementary Schools, you can work to maximize your summer months. Why are summer meetings and appointments good?

  1. The daily schedule is much more relaxed with less stress. (think summer attire)
  2. No classes to work around and most students aren’t on campus.
  3. Early is best … most contacts will be around from 8:00 to noonish (after lunch might be hit or miss unless they are involved in an afternoon activity, practice, or rehearsal)
  4. Be flexible - summer is more casual, but hopefully productive.

One rep shared that “summertime is when I set up my January and I am meeting with principals”. If a school is already booked out for August and early Fall, then talk with the principal about January for the Principal’s Fund. PTA’s (sometimes known as parents to avoid) can get in a rut of doing things like they’ve always done before with no room for change. You also have a lot of turnover with PTA’s because those parents are around while their student is at the school. Once they move onto the next school, that parent and their commitment goes, too.

A couple of quick tips on how to talk to the Principal in May in hopes of getting that summer mtg:

~ I know you are super busy, but I wanted to see about setting up a meeting to talk once school is out.

~ I know you are covered up with a lot of year end things and I don’t want to interfere with those plans, but how does a quick meeting in mid June sound?

~ Do you text?

So in those few sentences you have accomplished these things:
  • Acknowledged that they are incredibly busy.
  • Confirmed that now is NOT the time to meet or talk.
  • Suggested that later IS the time to meet or talk.
  • Asked about texting in hopes of getting a cell phone contact #.


National Food Days

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo
May 13 – Apple Pie Day
May 15 – Chocolate Chip Day
May 16 – Pickle Day


Group Relations Guidance

Checks and Returned Books
PLEASE make sure that payments (checks) are mailed to the P.O. Box address. Some groups are including the payments with their box of returned books that goes to the warehouse. In some cases, these check payments are lost, misassigned or missed altogether because they are in a box of books in the warehouse and not picked up via the P.O. Box by the accounting team. When this happens the group will be delayed in closing out and that will also delay your commission being processed and paid in a timely manner.

ALL payments need to be mailed to P.O. Box 2399, Binghamton, NY 13902

ALL returned books need to go to the Warehouse address using the provided shipping label.

If you have questions, contact the Group Relations team (grouprelations@savearound.com).


Weekly Tip

T-Minus 30 Days and Counting
Not only are we on the homestretch, we’ve rounded third base and are heading for home plate. So in evaluating your Spring did you hit a homerun or did you get thrown out at first? All is not lost and while time is short, here are a few suggestions on how to maximize your remaining days in the month of May.

  1. Confirm bookkeeper’s information as you closeout any groups that have run Spring ‘24.
  2. Close out all groups and send the invoice / Group Relations can assist with this request.
  3. Any last minute groups that you could run a one-hour Sprint with? Like tomorrow?
  4. Continue to prospect for summer groups (sports teams, youth groups, camps, etc.)
  5. Take some time to work on your hit list for Fall ‘24 (2025 school year). Clean up your contacts, transfer any notes, and make sure you are ready to go come July/August.
  6. Send thank you notes/emails to the groups that you worked with and re-sign if possible.

It’s very important to try and maximize your time and efforts in these final weeks of school. Most groups have completed their fundraising by now, but there may be a last minute need for something not originally planned or in the budget. Be available and ready to go!


Cinco de Mayo Fun Facts

  1. Cinco de Mayo is the 5th day of May.
  2. It is not Mexico’s independence day, but rather the celebration of the battle of Puebla.
  3. It is not a federal holiday in Mexico.
  4. With the signing of the Good Neighbor policy in 1933, F.D.R. wanted to improve relations with Latin American Countries and so Cinco came to the U.S.
  5. The holiday is celebrated with food, drink and street festivals.
  6. Mole Poblano is the official dish of Cinco de Mayo. Mole is a rich dark brown sauce made from Mexican chocolate and a lot of spices.
  7. Cinco de Mayo became a national holiday in the U.S. in 2005 as designated by President George W. Bush.
  8. Americans consume 81 million pounds of avocados during this holiday. That’s a lots of guacamole.
  9. Americans also consume more tequila in the U.S. than any other nation on that holiday.
  10. Cinco de Mayo follows the Star Wars holiday - May the Fourth Be with You! 🙂
Who Can I Talk to in the Summer?