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.

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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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Scholarship Secrets

Scholarship Secrets

On October 28, 2020 CSLA was joined by Jane Thompson, Executive Director of the TD Scholarships for Community Leadership Program. You can watch the playback here. Applications for the TD Scholarships are due on Friday, November 13, 2020.        ...

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Clash of Colours

Clash of Colours

While the colours of purple, orange, green and yellow are not the school colours at St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School in Barrie, Ontario they have significant meaning and are attached to one of the most important traditions, known as Clash of Colours,  that brings...

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Drive-In Grad Awards

Drive-In Grad Awards

Our province has a cap on gatherings of 50 people or fewer. For our grad awards night, we teamed up with a local hotel to host the event drive-in style! Our student leaders pulled off an incredible event that our grads will remember for a long time. And only two dead...

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Most Fortunate Cookies

Most Fortunate Cookies

The students at Tanenbaum CHAT in Toronto decided to create fortunate futures for their staff and students. They ordered up some fortune cookies with fortunes that were specific to their school. These had to be ordered specially, but they generated much more positive...

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Magical Wiggle Worm Wednesday – Why not?

Magical Wiggle Worm Wednesday – Why not?

  On a Wednesday morning (or any other day) hand out magic wiggle worms to students. Lots of smiles behind the masks and lots of posts on Instagram. You can get 120 for $40 on Amazon here. Everyone needs a smile, and a wiggle worm can help!      ...

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The Masked Singer

The Masked Singer

Using the ideas and format from the TV show, The Masked Singer, Tanenbaum CHAT school had a video made of staff members singing with their choice of mask (Hallowe'en would make a scary version of this for your school). The individual staff members were edited together...

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National Cookie Day

National Cookie Day

Everybody loves a cookie, so why not celebrate all of the different varieties?  December 4th is the day to celebrate the goodness of this treat. You can hand out free cookies and just make everybody happy! Cookies appear to have their origins in 7th century AD Persia,...

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Online Polling

Online Polling

Use online polling platforms for instant and interactive answers to questions. Platforms such as polleverywhere.com allow you to use this with a live and virtual audience. Create questions that will give you a barometer of how people are feeling. You can also have fun...

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National Day of . . . time to celebrate!

National Day of . . . time to celebrate!

You've always wondered when it's national Talk like a Pirate Day or that World Kindness Day is November 13th, and that Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day is January 30th. Spice up your calendar with some serious and silly commemorations. Find all of your serious and fun...

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A Walk-In Movie (outdoors)

A Walk-In Movie (outdoors)

The Leadership class at Olds High in Alberta hosted  a Walk-in Movie with Fresh Air Cinemas from Red Deer. This was to replace our welcome back dance. The feature  was "Grease" and we had about 140 students attend. The $10 ticket included the movie, popcorn and a pop....

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“Never Have I Ever” to lighten online learning

“Never Have I Ever” to lighten online learning

If you create the list of topics, you can keep this raucous party game in a PG format. Here’s how this activity goes: Create a list of PG topics like “Never have I ever stepped on Lego” or “Never have I ever eaten an entire pack of Oreos” or “Never have I ever climbed...

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Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask

Crescent Heights High in Calgary decided to uncover the people behind the mask at their school. They took pictures of their staff and students first with their mask on and next without the mask. Then, on the school's Instagram feed, they shared a short write-up...

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Virtual Spirit Week

Virtual Spirit Week

Hosting a virtual spirit week can be a great way to positively impact your school culture and community. It offers an avenue for everyone to be involved, and takes an “events for everyone” approach.  Here are some suggestions on types of “spirit days” to include in...

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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

This activity demonstrates who can navigate the Wikipedia rabbit hole the fastest. Set up two video screens in the cafeteria attached to separate laptops. The race starts at one page of Wikipedia for both contestants and the challenge is to get to the announced page...

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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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