Black River public schools

ratraiser 2023


Thanks for coming out and supporting Black River Public Schools!

About Black River PUblic SChoolS

Black River Public School is a not-for-profit, state-funded school chartered by Grand Valley State University in Holland, Michigan.

Serving students in grades K-12, it accommodates individual learning styles with its college preparatory liberal arts middle and high school, Montessori-based elementary school, and integrated curriculum. Black River is a place for any student, regardless of their school district, to experience the joys of learning in a smaller class-size environment that fosters participation, responsiveness, and experiential learning.

Ranked the best in the area (49423/4 zip codes), top 5% of all high schools nationwide by US News, and #23 Best School District in Michigan out of 562 by Niche, Black River serves nearly 1,000 students and over 640 families.

Raise Money

Rather than selling, selling, selling, and only receiving a portion of the money,  the RatRaiser is designed to maximize the support of our community. With the support of our generous sponsors, 100% of student-raised funds go directly toward supporting the school.

Event activities

Come for the fun carnival games, and stay for the ticket booth, inflatables, musicdunk tankface painting, yard games, and pizza, this year’s RatRaiser will great fun!


Also, stop by the Community Action House Table and bring non-perishable food for their food drive! (Each individual can earn 1 Premium Activity Ticket simply by donating food)!  



Prizes, prizes, prizes

Get ready to have a blast by playing exciting games and winning awesome prizes! Not only will you have lots of fun, but you’ll also earn rewards and help us reach our school goals. Make sure to enter our raffle too, because you could win big! Remember, even a small contribution from everyone can make a big difference for our school!


Activities for everyone

Student groups will be leading activities from the traditional carnival games (in the Lyceum) to Face Painting, dunk tank, inflatables and bounce houses, ticket cube machine, concessions and more! 

What does the money go to?

We know. People are more likely to donate when they know where the money is going. Check out the critical social-emotional activities that the money funds below!

fINDING my Child’s 


Step 1: Navigate to

Step 2: Search for your child’s name and click to go to their personal portal

Step 3: Double check your child’s CAP teacher

Step 4: SHARE via social media, email, or in person! Cash and checks can still be collected and return using the envelope provided and will be collected and updated intermittently. 

2023 Sponsors

The RatRaiser is made possible thanks to the generous support of our community and sponsors. Interested in getting involved? Reach out to to discuss a sponsorship today.

Lead Partner




Students have the opportunity to raise funds and achieve a variety of incentives. From individual prizes to class goals, there’s exciting opportunities for everyone!

Individual Fundraising Rewards

Class Fundraising Rewards

how does the raffle work this year?


Earn 1 ticket to the raffle simply by attending!


Win tickets in Ticket Cube Machine (time in machine must be earned. Please see Prize info above)


Purchase tickets on the day of the event

live drawings (must be present at event to win*)

The RatRaiser Committee is hard at work securing awesome prizes! We are continuously updating, so check back for updates on prizes. Have an awesome item (or basket) that you’d like to donate? Email We’re still accepting new items and updating the website weekly.

*Raffle tickets may only be picked up from registration envelopes, purchased, or won in ticket cube AND submitted on the day of the event. Each ticket must be filled out with name and phone number. Tickets without a legible name and phone number will be redrawn.

Raffle Donation List

The Knot Spot – $25 Gift Certificate

Traverse City

Underground Donut Tour, Nashville – 4 Tickets ($220)
Urban Air – Basic Birthday Party Package ($249)
Velo City Cycles – Cannondale Youth Helmet ($90)

…More Coming Soon!

Special Elementary Student Incentives

*Each Elementary student will receive ONE additional green raffle ticket for an opportunity to win special Elementary prizes. These will be drawn separately from the main raffle. 

  • (3) Lunch with 3 friends and a teacher
  • (3) Bonus recess with 3 friends
  • (3) 20-minutes at a park with Mr. Bruce
  • (3) 20-minutes in the media center using robots, OSMO, or online games
  • (3) Catered lunch with Mr. Jim

Raffle Winners

Class Party Winners

  • Kindergarten – Ms. Missy
  • Lower El – Ms. Rachael
  • Upper El – Ms. Gina
  • Middle School – Ms. Nykerk
  • High School – Mr. Stid

Raffle donors

event schedule



11:15 – 11:45


12:00 – 12:30p


1:00 – 1:30

2:00 – 2:30


3:00 – 3:30

General Volunteer Arrival

Registration Table Opens

**Horizons Kids Complex Demonstration & Mini Class

BR Chamber Choir Performance

**Dance United Demonstration & Mini Class

Ellie Stimer Band

**Dutch Dance Demonstration & Mini Class

**Fuzion Martial Arts & Fitness Demonstration & Mini Class

Event Ending Time

General Volunteer Cleanup


**Mini Classes located in the courtyard between the Elementary Building and the Big Building off Columbia Ave

10:30 – General Volunteer Arrival

11:00 – Registration Table Opens

11:15 – 11:30 – **Horizons Kids Complex Demonstration & Mini Class

12:00 – BR Chamber Choir Performance

12:00 – 12:30 – **Dance United Demonstration & Mini Class

1:00 – Ellie Stimer Band

1:00 – 1:30 – **Dutch Dance Demonstration & Mini Class

2:00 – 2:30 – **Fuzion Martial Arts & Fitness Demonstration & Mini Class

3:00 – Event Ending Time

3:00 – 3:30 – General Volunteer Cleanup


**Mini Classes located in the courtyard between the Elementary Building and the Big Building off Columbia Ave