Thanks to everyone for the tips! WOW,.....there are some lucky schools out there! I can't imagine a gala dinner for $150 a ticket....none of our families would be able to afford that. We did a baking/craft sale fundraiser and raised $250. We sold the frozen pizza and made $1000 (which is awesome). We really have to look outside the immediate school community, alot of our students don't have indoor shoes or winter jackets so their parents aren't going to sell stuff in catalogues.
Keep the ideas coming.....we are thinking of planning a scrapbooking weekend....and invite anyone from the community to rent a table....
You know, you might be surprised. Our school sounds like yours. I think like 60% of the kids are on free or reduced lunch and I was very hesitant to do a catalog fundraiser because of this. But only 2 of us voted against it. It ended up making $7500 and a lot of kids I figured wouldn't participate did. There do seem to be a lot of families who want something for their money.
This is true of my school as well. We have a large number of children on free or reduced lunch and their Ottis Spunkmier cookie dough sale made about $5400. I just donated directly.