From time to time we hold fund raising functions. This allows us to accumulate extra funds to provide for over budget items. We look to all of the student needs and while the budget items include paying school, sport, NCEA, school formal tickets and music fees, we also seek to provide for essential items outside of the priority payments.
Over the years we have been able to provide air fares for educational needs, buy laptops and printers, pay an orthodontist bill, fund attendance at band camps, buy a sewing machine for the family, buy a school uniform, sports and dancing equipment and assist with the attendance at courses on leadership. All of which help build self esteem.
Almost all of the money we receive as donations or fund raising goes to the students. We have very few overheads which enable us to be flexible in our response to student needs.