Now that the summer is winding down and kids and parents are gearing up for the new school year, it’s a great time to think about planning a Gamewright GameNight! Our GameNight program not only encourages community-building through game playing, but also makes a great fundraiser for the school that hosts the event – they will keep 50% of the proceeds from games sold! In 2010, we had 137 GameNights that raised over $50,000 for schools and other non-profit organizations. In the 2011 spring semester we held 60 GameNights, and the fall is already shaping up to be even more eventful.
At a GameNight, you can expect to have the opportunity to play some of our most popular games like The Scrambled States of America Game, Rat-A-Tat-Cat, and Slamwich. And now that all of our brand new 2011 games are available, you’ll be able to play Mermaid Beach, GUBS, City Square Off and more! And don’t forget that after playing, all of the games played plus our other available titles will be for sale, so you and your family can take the fun home!
Here are some steps to make a GameNight happen at your school:
1. Coordinate a date, time, and location with the powers in your school. Ideal days are Thursdays and Fridays (but others have worked as well). Time frame is usually a couple of hours between 6pm and 9pm. Suggested locations are school cafeteria, gym, library, or someplace where tables and chairs are readily available. You may also consider pairing your GameNight with a pot luck or pizza dinner.
2. Confirm your date with Gamewright. Once your GameNight is in our calendar, we will send a “tool kit” of materials to guide you through the details of running a successful event.
3. Recruit Volunteers. You will need at least 5 volunteers to make your GameNight a success: One to run the sales table, one to monitor the demo games table, and at least three Game Guru to walk around and help teach games. However, the more Game Gurus you have, the more successful your event. This is a great job for dads or high school students in need of community service hours.
4. Promote your GameNight. We provide promotional posters and flyers to distribute throughout your school. By request, we’ll also provide a press release to send to your local paper. The earlier you start promotion, the more people will come out to play!
To get started on planning your event or just to learn more,