In the old days school groups sold candy bars and wrapping paper to raise money for activities. They still do, but now there’s a new craze on the fundraising front: Mattresses, a concept that Foran High School is grabbing onto for the second year in a row.

Custom Fundraising Solutions, with offices across the country, came up with the mattress selling concept in 2005. On his company website, Moe Matejka, founder and CEO of Custom Fundraising Solutions, explains that in 2005 he founded his company with the idea that there had to be a better way to raise funds than by selling the same things that students have been selling for generations.

“Our concept, the ‘mattress fundraiser,’ quickly gained acceptance in northeastern United States, and grew to be a national fundraising powerhouse,” according to the company website.

The company franchised, and now spans the country.

Last year, Foran High School’s music department held its first mattress fundraiser, and their second annual is coming up this weekend, Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the high school.

Theresa Voss and Jessica Shearer, music teachers at Foran, said they had heard many positive things about the fundraiser from colleagues at other area high schools in Cheshire, North Haven and Meriden, and that’s why they gave the idea a try last year.

The event worked out well for them, raising $6,275. This year’s goal is $7,500

The average family in the U.S. has more than four mattresses in their home, each of which has a life cycle of about 10 years, the Custom Fundraising Solutions website states.

“We know all the beds in a home don’t wear out at the same time, which creates a constant market for new mattresses,” company officials say. “We also know that a survey of the population in the United States revealed a startling statistic: One in 10 people buy a mattress every single year.”

Every mattress purchased at the Foran sale will benefit the school music and drama departments. According to Shearer, the money raised will help purchase trophy cases for the music department, support the drama department and help fund student field trips.

The sale will include twin mattresses from $259, fulls from $279, queens from $299 and kings from $499. There will be all sizes and styles, including firm, pillow top, orthopedic, Latex and gel memory foam sets, according to a promotional flier.

The mattresses are all brand new, with full factory warranties, and there will be name brands like Simmons, Beautyrest and more.

There will be free layaway; and delivery upon request. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.

For information email Jessica Shearer at JShearer@milforded.org.