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updated: 1/30/2012 12:06 PM

Goodbye bake sales: Schools get creative to rake in dough

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  • South Elgin's football team takes the field through the tunnel at its new stadium. The South Elgin High School Boosters Club raised about $500,000 toward the construction through various fundraising avenues from raffles to the sale of engraved paving bricks.

      South Elgin's football team takes the field through the tunnel at its new stadium. The South Elgin High School Boosters Club raised about $500,000 toward the construction through various fundraising avenues from raffles to the sale of engraved paving bricks.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Honors Algebra II teacher Kristin Tuma graphs some problems on the SMART Board at Jacobs High School in Algonquin. Interactive white boards are a popular -- and expensive -- target for school fundraisers these days.

      Honors Algebra II teacher Kristin Tuma graphs some problems on the SMART Board at Jacobs High School in Algonquin. Interactive white boards are a popular -- and expensive -- target for school fundraisers these days.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin cheerleaders stretch out a large flag during the national anthem before the first game at South Elgin High School's new stadium. The stadium built with money collected solely from fundraising efforts and corporate sponsorships.

      South Elgin cheerleaders stretch out a large flag during the national anthem before the first game at South Elgin High School's new stadium. The stadium built with money collected solely from fundraising efforts and corporate sponsorships.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

 
 

With schools relying more and more on parent organizations and booster groups to raise money for large purchases or special events, we look at some unusual ways groups are fundraising. From world-record attempts to big act concerts, there are ways to rake in the dough without holding a bake sale.

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