Growing Healthy Schools FAQ

How do I start a project?

What if my school is not on the list of schools?

What if my school is listed and the address is out of date?

Can I do any project?

What are the project requirements?

Do projects need to be approved by my school's principal?

I need help with project ideas!

When can I begin my project?

How long do I have to fundraise for my project?

When will we receive the money raised?

What happens to the money I raised if I don't reach my fundraising goal?

What is the H-E-B Bonus Prize?

Do I apply for the H-E-B Bonus Prize or am I automatically entered?

How are the H-E-B Bonus Prize Winners chosen?

If I’m an H-E-B Bonus Prize Winner, how long will it take to receive the order?

Are all projects eligible for the H-E-B Bonus Prize drawing?


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How do I start a project?

Click on Start a Fundraiser at the top of any Growing Healthy Schools page and fill out the form to register! At that time you're able to create the project at any time, but projects will not be published (visible on the site) until the fundraising campaign begins. 

 

What if my school is not on the list of schools?

No worries, please send an email to info@growinghealthyschools.org and we can manually add the school. Please provide the following: School Name (no abbreviations), School District, and full address.

 

What if my school is listed and the address is out of date?

Please send an email to info@growinghealthyschools.org, and we can update the school information. Please provide the following: School Name (no abbreviations), School District, and full updated address.

 

Can I do any project?

All projects must be focused on improving the health of the school community. This includes any projects that:

  • Increase access to nutritious foods
  • Increase opportunities for/access to physical activity
  • Increase student knowledge of physical fitness
  • Increase access to general health or nutrition information

 

What are the project requirements?

The project requirements are as follows:

  1. All projects must be focused on improving the health of the school community. (See description above.)
  2. All required fields in the project creation form must be completed.
  3. Any promotional media organized by the fundraising leader(s) must be aligned with district policy regarding the capture and display of photos and/or videos of students.

 

Do projects need to be approved by my school’s principal?

It depends on the school so check with your school administration. If they would like to see something in writing, an Administration Approval Form is available for your use. The form provides information on Growing Healthy School and you simply fill out the rest of the form specific to your project.

 

I need help with project ideas!

Visit our projects page for examples and the archive of past projects to get ideas! Think of projects that will increase students’ and staff access to healthy activities, learning, or nutrition. We also offer a variety of project kits that can be selected to start a project quickly!

 

When can I begin my project?

A project can be started at any time during the ten-week period once a fundraising session begins, but an account can be made at any time. There are two fundraising sessions per year, in the Fall and in the Spring. However, we encourage project leads to start early on, to ensure that approval is obtained from school administration if needed and increase the chances of meeting fundraising goals and winning additional money!

 

How long do I have to fundraise for my project?

There are ten weeks for fundraising. 

When will we receive the money raised?

At the end of the project period, a check for raised funds (minus the 10% fee for site maintenance) will be sent to the school. When registering and setting up a the project, please ensure that the school mailing address is correct.

 

What happens to the money I raise if I don’t reach my fundraising goal?

A check will still be sent to the school for the amount raised (minus the 10% fee for site maintenance), and we recommend launching the project again in the next session to raise the remainder of funds needed.

 

What is the H-E-B Bonus Prize?

H-E-B Bonus Prizes are additional funding worth $5,000 (4 prizes), and $10,000 (1 prize)! Bonus Prizes are customizable and can be used for the initial project or additional health focused programs, initiatives and/or equipment. Winners decide what the money will be used for, as long as it is health-focused and benefits the entire school. Please note this money is not reimbursable for health focused program, initiative and/or equipment purchased by the school. The money will not be paid to the school but directly to the Vendor/Purchase Order for the desired health focused program, initiative and/or equipment.

 

Do I apply for the H-E-B Bonus Prize or am I automatically entered?

Once your fundraising goal is reached and eligibility requirements are met by the end of the fundraising session, project leads and their associated school are automatically entered into the drawing.

 

How are the H-E-B Bonus Prize Winners chosen?

At the close of the session, IT'S TIME TEXAS staff will enter all projects who have met their goal and other eligibility requirements into the drawing. The winners are chosen at random and all have an equal opportunity to win!

 

If I’m an H-E-B Bonus Prize Winner, how long will it take to receive the order?

Winners will fill out an online request of the items to be ordered with the additional money won. IT'S TIME TEXAS Staff will work with the Project Lead and the vendor to expediate the process but please be patient as item availability and shipping varies. 

 

Are all projects eligible for the H-E-B Bonus Prize drawing?

Only projects that reach their fundraising goal and meet eligibility requirements (see below) will be entered into the Bonus Prize drawing.

  • Meet Fundraising Goal (minimum of $250)
  • 150 Social Media Shares via Facebook and Twitter icons on Fundraising page
  • 8 Classroom Energizers (minimum of 3 min.)
  • 5 days of Healthy Morning Announcements (must use ones provided HERE, school-wide PA system)