Schools around Houston are partnering with Candlelighters to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer.  Whether your school has a student with cancer or not, this is a great lesson for kids of all ages to learn – that kids with cancer are no different than they are, and the importance of giving back!

We have found fundraising in schools works best when the students set their own plan. Over the years we’ve kept track of which ideas have excelled and have developed several fundraising options that can easily be modified for each school’s unique goal to achieve awareness and fundraising success. Your school may choose a program that recognizes individual achievement or choose a group fundraiser, or both! Most importantly, we want children to learn more about childhood cancer and how to help other children by taking action to make a difference in someone else’s life!

Thanks to these schools for signing up to partner in 2022/2023! Help us get to 20 schools today!


Past School Involvement 

Dawson High School – Baseball AND Softball teams
Fall Creek Elementary
Goforth Elementary


Our Top 5 Ways to Fundraise in Schools:

  1. Sell Something!
    • Candlelighters Mobiles – line the hallways as a visual
    • Candygrams or Bake Sale
    • Tickets – school dance, talent show, or carnival
  2. Empty Your Pockets!
    • Collect spare change in pre-made Candlelighters boxes
    • Fill mini-M&M containers, did you know quarters fit perfectly?
  3. Show Your Spirit!
    • Incorporate Candlelighters into your Spirit-Week! Caps for Candlelighters, Candlelighters Crazy Hair you name it! To participate, make a donation to Candlelighters!
    • Turn the school Gold throughout September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – pep rallies, sporting events, morning announcements and more
  4. Get Competitive!
    • Penny Wars – contest between classrooms or grades where you want your jar to only have pennies in it. Place silver coins or dollar bills in the jars you want to lose! The lowest amount “raised” wins!
    • Staff vs. Student sporting or academic events
    • Incentive from the Principal – from shaving their head or dying their hair to kissing a pig, we’ve seen it all!
  5. Make it Your Own!
    • Remember, there’s no one model that fits all, so make it unique to your school for optimal success! 


To learn more about signing up your school for our challenge, please contact our Family Development Coordinator, Opal Goodman at [email protected] our Development Director, Shayna Dahlson at [email protected]