Fundraising Success Stories

Many Lone Star Leadership Academy campers raise the funds to attend the Lone Star Leadership Academy. If you are interested in raising the funds to pay your program application fee, we hope these success stories from past Lone Star Leadership Academy participants provide you with helpful ideas, inspiration, and motivation! Parents and students are always welcome to contact Education in Action to discuss scholarship and sponsorship opportunities and ideas.

“Five other kids went with her, so they raised the money as a group. First they asked for public donations. They asked their school and they also put buckets out in stores explaining why they were raising money. Then they asked companies for donations. They asked, probably, almost every company in town! Finally, to raise the rest of the money they held two or three bake sales, but they didn’t sell regular things you would find at bake sales. They got creative and sold things like sausage wraps and tamales, which were crowd pleasers! In doing all that they raised all the money.” - Carolina S., Navasota Junior High School, Navasota ISD

“When I got nominated and received my letter to go to this program, I quickly showed my parents and we were all very excited about it. My parents were proud of me and said unfortunately, I wasn’t going to be able to go because of the expense needed for the trip. Meanwhile, I wanted to go so bad my parents said I needed to see if anyone in my family could donate. During that time my school teacher Mr. Bronson and my school’s Campus Instructional Coordinator helped by showing me different ways to raise funds so I wouldn’t give up. Little by little I got money and eventually I raised it all in about two weeks. So my advice to anyone who can’t afford it at the time, never give up and always believe that you can do it. I will always be thankful to my parents, my teacher Mr. Bronson, and my school’s Campus Instructional Coordinator Mrs. Seidensticker for all their help and support. - Melanie Y., Huppertz Elementary School, San Antonio ISD

“In order to go to the Lone Star Leadership Camp, three other students and I got 50 donators to donate blood for Travis Middle School in Amarillo, Texas at the Coffee Memorial Blood Drive Center. For having that many people donate blood, we won $2,200 for the trip. We also got Amarillo National Bank to donate money to us. My science teacher, Mrs. Kari Snow, got us a donation, but only if we worked at a Thrift Store/Women’s Center. We had to sweep, clean shelves, organize items, and put items on the shelves. We worked and helped other by getting money donated to us. We got more donations from other companies for us to go to a camp that was education and fun.” - Tasia W., Travis Middle School, Amarillo ISD

“I drew up a letter and sent it out to family and close friends. I cut grass and babysat. I also did extra chores around the house. My biggest job was house-sitting and pet-sitting. I was very busy this summer. With my extra money I was able to buy my brothers and sister a gift and they were very happy. I would like to thank my science teacher, Mrs. Mayeck. I had a great time. Thank you to all the staff at Education in Action.” - Michael C., Flour Bluff Intermediate School, Flour Bluff ISD

“Our son was able to raise funds in several different ways. First he was able to utilize the sample letter provided by Education in Action and, with a few content changes, submitted the letter to several potential contributors. The first businessman whom we presented the letter to immediately wrote out a personal check to cover the entire amount of tuition. We determined that hand delivery of the letters directly to the intended recipients was an essential portion of the fundraising process. Letters were dropped at receptionists’ desks and no responses were ever received. Our son’s second fundraiser was selling food and beverages outside of a local Wal-Mart. We were able to raise nearly $500.00 in four hours to offset the cost of transportation to and from the D/FW area from deep south Texas. The only problem encountered was that each Wal-Mart interprets their national policy differently on fundraising activities. At one we displayed the Education in Action logo at the booth to show the purpose of the event. A second Wal-Mart did not allow the fundraiser because only one child would benefit from the event. In addition, the school announced our son’s participation in the program on two different days on the school television station and ultimately he received more than $100.00 in donations from various teachers and parent volunteers.” - Walter M., Hudson Elementary School, Brownsville ISD