Above and Beyond

Formerly known as the Idea Share Shop, our new and improved Above and Beyond Blog will share the best ideas for student leaders to try out in their schools and communities to accomplish their goals. Whether it be school culture and climate, fundraising, or recognition and appreciation, you’ll find plenty of ideas here. You can search by one of the category buttons below or just scroll through our hundreds of ideas.

We can’t wait to see you go Above and Beyond!

The Idea Share Shop

The Idea Share Shop

“If you have an apple and I have an apple, and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."                     George Bernard Shaw...

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Front Door Greeters

Front Door Greeters

If Walmart can do it, you can copy it. Centennial High School has CentMart greeters with t-shirts at their two doors every Wednesday morning before school.  They welcome students with music, a wave, and a "Good Morning Yotes".  They created their own Centmart shirts...

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Virtual School Tour

Virtual School Tour

Many of your new students may not have been able to get their pre-school tour of your building. It is still not too late to give them the royal tour of your school hosted by seniors and staff. Your first-year students may be distance learning or just in your building...

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Playlist Bracket Challenge

Playlist Bracket Challenge

Have each student in each homeroom or first period class submit a song that they feel should be “the song” from their class for the school playlist. The student's song then is assigned a random number with the maximum being the total number on both sides of the...

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Humans of Your School

Create a photoblog based on the concept of Humans of New York for your school. Ask students and staff to submit pictures of themselves at school or at home doing what they normally do. Have them attach short descriptions of their activities and life. This is a great...

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See Your Future

See Your Future

Put this mirror in a hallway beside your honour roll listing. The "Picture Yourself Here" will give students a subtle reminder of the positive future ahead of them.

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Celebrate Your School’s Birthday

Celebrate Your School’s Birthday

Everybody loves a birthday party, so why don’t you celebrate your school’s birthday with a giant cake and decorations. It gives you an opportunity to celebrate some history to the building, and the event allows students to understand the present and former traditions...

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SLCP Meet Ups: FAQ + Sam Demma Interview

By now we hope you have heard about our new program offering for 2020-2021. It's called the Student Leadership Certification Program. After many years of teaching and training advisors in student leadership and providing them a certification, we finally have a student...

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Just Say Hi

Just Say Hi

It was decided to engage the students of EDSS in building connections with a Just Say Hi campaign. Four different coloured buttons were made with the “Say Hi” logo on them. A budget was created from local donations and a United Way grant to fund the campaign. A prize...

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Hallowe’en Challenge Games

Hallowe’en Challenge Games

Putting Pumpkins Create a mini golf challenge with ping pong or real golf balls and decorated pumpkins as the hole. Frankenstein Perfectly named for the season, Frankenstein challenges players to carry yardsticks that have batteries balanced on either end. The game is...

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Bogey for You

Bogey for You

It’s difficult to get a good 18 holes of golf in during the winter in Canada. Take advantage of this by involving your school in constructing an 18-hole miniature golf course within your school. This can make use of the physical intricacies of your school inside and...

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Formal Thursday

Have a Formal Day once a month where staff and students are invited to wear their “Sunday Best” to school. The cafeteria can menu can be changed from hot dogs to tube steaks or perhaps better. Old High school runs their Formal Day on the same day that they have their...

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Boo for Hallowe’en  Fundraiser

Boo for Hallowe’en Fundraiser

Have students purchase the blank white jugs for $2. They are given a black sharpie and allowed to create their own scary ghost. The jugs are lit and provide a decoration for your upcoming Hallowe'en festivities and also a way to raise money for a charitable cause.

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Post-it Praise

Post-it Praise

Kermit knows that "it isn't easy being green," and your administration knows that it isn't easy being the boss. Take the time to create a bit of post-it praise for the people in charge. Have members of your student leadership team write a brief thank you for "your...

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#makingitbetter

#makingitbetter

Here is a new #challenge. Take a picture of an area in your community that needs cleaning up or maintenance, then take a photo after you have done something about it and post it. In an online world, perhaps take a picture of a room in your house (your bedroom,...

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20K Sock Day

20K Sock Day

Over 200,000 Canadians experience homelessness each year and socks are the #1 requested item in shelters, which is why WE BE US co-founders Nick Foley and Phil Kerr came up with 20K Sock Day. Nick, Phil, and other members of the 20K Sock Day team start sending out...

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Math Madness Sum-it

Math Madness Sum-it

In the spirit of March Madness, challenge the mathletes of your school to a Math Madness Tournament. Each homeroom is given a basketball-themed worksheet for the preliminary round. The class is allowed to work together to solve the problems. This creates the bracket...

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Wiki Races

Wiki Races

Set up two video screens in the cafeteria attached to separate laptops. The race starts at one page of Wikapedia for both contestants and the challenge is to get to the announced page in the shortest time using only the links on Wikipedia. Test how long it takes...

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IYQ

IYQ

Have stickers or buttons made up with the three letters in bold:  IYQ Students hand them out to other people in the school. When a person asks what it means, the distributor answers, “I-Y-Q!” hunh? (it is supposed to sound like “I like you”)  You then have a second...

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Nacho Friday!

Nacho Friday!

At Sunnyside High in Fresno, a different department hosts an all-staff lunchtime nacho party on the first Friday of each month. The leadership students provide the chips and cheese, and department members bring the rest of the toppings. The tradition has caught on and...

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Thank You Thursdays

Thank You Thursdays

Have a schedule that organizes a different school team or club to host a “Thank You Thursday” snack table in the main office or teacher’s lounge. The school group can bring in cookies or healthy snacks to give back and thank those staff members who make a difference...

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Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible

This two-day activity is similar to a gigantic, school-wide game of tag, only it involves no running and a lot of detective work. Each participant, who signs up for the game and pays the $1.00 fee to play, will be given the name and picture of another participant in...

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Balance Fundraising Challenge

Balance Fundraising Challenge

A visible way to raise funds and show who is ahead is to create a balance fundraising device. This is a great way to have your juniors challenge your seniors and raise money at the same time. We all know that students carry little change with them, but they may be...

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Hick Day

Hick Day

Elmira District SS is a little bit country and proud of it. The best way to celebrate is to have Hick Day and recognize the hayseed in all of us with some barnyard games and live chickens! If you're going to eat, you have to know where your food comes from! Make sure...

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Highlight Leaders from Your School

Highlight Leaders from Your School

Brent Dickson, from Centennial in Calgary, uses candid shots of his student leaders to highlight quotes and character traits. Put these professional-style posters up to make an impact in many ways. You can challenge students to match the best yearbook shots with...

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Can Clean-up

Can Clean-up

A student council felt that they needed to do something about the appearance of the bathrooms in their school. They decided to have a competition between various groups in the school to clean up their school bathrooms. The idea was presented and each club volunteered...

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Bottle Lottery

Bottle Lottery

It’s fundraising in a bottle! Participants are asked to donate bottles for your fundraiser. They can be filled with anything—bath beads, coffee beans, motor oil, pasta, jam, gummi bears, beanie babies, dog kibbles, salsa, bubble gum, salad dressing, anything—as long...

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Custodian Appreciation

Custodian Appreciation

  Student leaders create a lot of activities which put stress on a building and its caretakers. Take the time to thank the custodians by having a Custodian Appreciation Day. Serve them a complimentary lunch and have your leaders clean the cafeteria and halls on...

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Valentines for All

Valentines for All

Do you remember when everyone got Valentines in Kindergarten? The Sr. Leadership Class at St. Patrick’s High School in Quebec City realized that no one really wants to admit that they want to get a Valentine, bit it’s a great connection builder. So, they created their...

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What is School Spirit?

What is School Spirit?

School Spirit is more than pom poms and pep rallies: School Spirit is: Scholarship Passion Integrity Reflection Involvement Teamwork Create a mural that lets your students know what true School Spirit is.

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All School Rock – Paper – Scissors

All School Rock – Paper – Scissors

This is an event that you can use to involve everyone in the whole school in an amazingly short amount of time. You can do it as part of announcements and have your principal judge the finalists in the Main Office (start in homeroom and send each winner down to the...

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Donut be Absent

Donut be Absent

Recognize the students who have perfect attendance with a bit of donut therapy. Each month, have a "Donut be Absent" moment for those who make it their priority to fill in the whole day at school. Also, those with most improved attendance can receive an invitation to...

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Sidewalk Chalk Art Fair

Sidewalk Chalk Art Fair

This can be a homeroom challenge or just a celebration of the incredible, artistic talent in your school. Assign individuals or classes a piece of sidewalk to channel their best artistic efforts.

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Tireless Teacher of the Month

Tireless Teacher of the Month

There are staff members who should be recognized for their tireless efforts at your school – so recognize them with a tire award painted in your school colours. Nominations can be made for work done in the classroom or outside – all efforts to improve the school...

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Cookie of the Day

Cookie of the Day

Nothing is better than winning a chocolate chip cookie to start your day. At EDSS, all of the names of the students, staff and support staff are put in a bucket at the beginning of the year. Each morning, at the end of the announcements, a name is drawn from the...

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Leap Year Birthdays – Bissextile Day

Leap Year Birthdays – Bissextile Day

This unique event only happens once every four years, so your students can’t really say that they’ve done it before. The hook for the event is in the name if you want to market it that way. Your announcement might go like this: "It's finally bissextile day. Calm down,...

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Grandparent Tea

Centennial Secondary School held a get together for all students and their grandparents. The first Grandparent Tea was held near the Christmas Holidays in the school cafeteria. The cafeteria was decorated with seasonal displays and the foods classes provided the...

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Mask Drive

Mask Drive

Student leaders can host a mask drive for community members to drop off any clean masks either made or purchased. Donate these to a local Food Bank or community shelter. Important things to note: Find someone who is skilled at sewing or who can volunteer to create...

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Host a Minecraft Server

Host a Minecraft Server

Admit it. Your students play video games online. Reach out to a student who is passionate about Minecraft to help create and moderate the server. In place of a traditional home room challenge event, you could create Minecraft competitions: students from each class can...

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Just say “Hello”

Just say “Hello”

Use a different “hello” or “hi” from the cultures represented in your school in your official memos or social media each month. In your school entrance, post “welcome” in the languages that students from your school speak. August: “Hello” (English) September: “Buenos...

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Levitate your Mural

Levitate your Mural

A little LED magic helps to levitate this Gryphon from Selwyn House School in Montreal. Two students made this a class project and raised the profile of their school mascot.

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Loonie Drop – Fist Full of Dollars

Loonie Drop – Fist Full of Dollars

This is a great reward activity for winners, and it won't cost you as much as it would appear. A Loonie Drop was held in front of the school (call it a Fist Full of Dollars). A student is selected in a draw and asked to stand with one hand outstretched at waist level....

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Cake Auction

Cake Auction

The cake auction became a popular fundraiser at Huron Heights Secondary in Kitchener.  Students would volunteer to bake or purchase a creative cake to be auctioned off.  There are different categories and awards are given to the bakers in each category.  For one week...

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100 Reasons Why

100 Reasons Why

It's good to let people know why you like your school. When you post the many reasons, you can point them out and believe that this is a good place to learn and be part of.

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Athletic Laundry for New Students

Athletic Laundry for New Students

Grand River Collegiate in Kitchener welcomes their new students and parents into the gym on an Orientation Night with jerseys of the school teams hung on a volleyball net. This gives parents and students a look at all of the teams and activities run at the school....

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Neighbour Notes

Neighbour Notes

KCI leadership students in Kitchener set themselves a goal of sending 500 notes to neighbours in their school community. These are positive greetings sent out to the community. Think of inviting the neighbours to your school to school events. Drop a couple tickets to...

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Senior Prom

Senior Prom

Balfour Collegiate in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada has an annual dance for senior citizens, where grade 12 students invite some older folks from the community to the big event. The night even includes a big dinner, performances. Great for filling the gaps and showing...

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We are Wall

We are Wall

  South Lakes High School's Leadership class created a unique "We Are . . ." wall to showcase the school's diversity.

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Delay the Day

Delay the Day

A great idea from @nacistudentcouncil Neepawa MB. Proceeds of over $3000 went to the STARS air ambulance. For every dollar brought into a P1 class they would delay starting that class by a minute.

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Can the Principal

Can the Principal

No, you're not getting rid of your principal. You're doing something good for your community. Here's what's in the can at Olds High, in Alberta, for the Food Bank. Reach a certain goal and you can the principal for a day and get out early!

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Picasso in 5

Picasso in 5

This is a simple and fun art challenge for a small virtual group based on the fact that most people will tell you that “I can’t draw.” Each person has a blank piece of paper and 5 different coloured crayons – they get to pick which colours they want to use, but must...

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Stupid Human Tricks Carnival

Stupid Human Tricks Carnival

Having a Coffee House implies that you are looking for performers with musical or artistic talent. In this world there are unique talents that need to be celebrated and recognized. Hosting a Stupid Human Tricks Carnival fills the void and elevates those talents that...

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Oh the places your grads will go!

Oh the places your grads will go!

This year will be a different grad class, so start planning now on making it a special experience for your grads. Visit the website called seussville.com to find some very interesting and Seuss inspired ideas to make the grad special. “And will you succeed? Yes! You...

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Quaranteens and Their Fashions

Quaranteens and Their Fashions

Your Social Isolation Look is something unique and special, so celebrate you virtual experience with a Fashion Show. Invite your students to give their best catwalk impression wearing their PJs, Netflix binging, pets or homemade protective gear. You can have a special...

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Letters to Seniors

Letters to Seniors

One way to use writing skills in the real world is to have your students write letters or cards to seniors in nursing homes. Seniors are feeling the isolation more than others, so any little bright spot is helpful. This may be one of the most important things you can...

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Quarantine Scavenger Hunt

Quarantine Scavenger Hunt

Online meetings are draining, so take the time to spice them up. Have a Quarantine Scavenger Hunt online. Rules: Host announces the items one-by-one and participants have one minute to find the item. Host will announce start and finish of round. The device you are...

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Helping People See in 2020

Helping People See in 2020

Lions Clubs in Canada have donated over 5 million pairs of glasses to people needing corrective vision help. This is an easy way to help people in need by recycling old eyewear that is sitting in a drawer. You can help the Lions by collecting old eyeglasses for reuse....

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Candy Cane Comrades

Candy Cane Comrades

Everyone in the school (including staff and custodial staff) receives a candy cane with a number attached. The numbers are matched with someone else in the school who has a candy cane with the same number on it. The object is to find your partner and then take a...

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Positive Post It Notes

Positive Post It Notes

Connect with every person in the school by putting a coloured POST IT with a positive message on their locker, door, or in their mailbox. Two students, from St. Patrick’s High in Quebec, came up with the idea after watching Mark Scharenbroich’s “Building Connections”;...

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