Above and Beyond

Formerly known as the Idea Share Shop, our new and improved Above and Beyond Blog contains 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 great 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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Grad Tradition – Mural Recognition

Grad Tradition – Mural Recognition

Melissa Wright describes a unique opportunity for her grads to leave their mark at Kennebecasis Valley High. Watch here:   https://fb.watch/30oo8y-c-p/ You can find it here on our YouTube channel.

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Take the time to have some fun with Groundhog Day. People need a break at this time of year and want something hopeful and fun to celebrate. Give prizes to the person who can do the best hand shadow puppet. Play pin the tail on the groundhog. Have a groundhog pinata...

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Human Hungry Hippos

Human Hungry Hippos

Turn a simple kids game into an insane couple minutes of energy and fun. This makes a great pep rally challenge. Items needed 1 Skateboard per team 1 Small-Medium laundry basket per team Balloons- 1 colour per team Tape for marking off "Team Box" on the floor in the...

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Be the “I” in KIND

Be the “I” in KIND

The simple message on this poster reminds students of their role in spreading kindness. Hang your poster at student eye level in a highly trafficked area of the school, like a hallway near the cafeteria or the wall in your front foyer. Have members of your admin and...

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Random Acts of Softness

Usually when you think of a quilting club, you picture cute grandmas happily sewing away. One student, Braegan Zimmerman was inspired by the impact of a quilt ministry on a mission trip and decided to replicate it in her hometown. Braegan and 20 other students didn’t...

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Community Involvement Fair

Community Involvement Fair

One of the complaints that students have about volunteering is that they don’t know who is looking for volunteers. Solve this problem by inviting local charities, associations and volunteer groups to your school for a Community Involvement Fair. This fair can run...

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Empty Bowls for Hunger

Empty Bowls for Hunger

Empty Bowls allows participating artists and groups to create and donate bowls, then serve a simple meal. In some communities, ceramic artists are joined by wood turners, glassblowers, fibre artists, metal smiths, painters, sculptors, and other artists and...

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Second Semester Welcome

Second Semester Welcome

New Student Breakfast:    Most schools attempt to recognize new students at the beginning of the school year, but with semesters there is also a second major entry point to school. At the beginning of second semester, invite the new students and their parents to a...

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Skittles for Scholars

Skittles for Scholars

Great Oak High School recognizes their scholar athletes with a certificate and Skittles. The bag of candy may sound a bit juvenile, but it's like a "gold star" for effort and students look forward to being recognized in the Skittles for Scholars program. They receive...

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Personalize Valentines

Personalize Valentines

Personalized Hearts: cut out hearts for every student and staff member and then write their name and a brief message on the heart. Place hearts around your school the evening before Valentine’s Day. The hallways look great decorated and everyone enjoys finding their...

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#belikeBrent

#belikeBrent

Brent is a butler. He brings you all of the upcoming events. Be involved. Be like Brent. Brent was a Halloween decoration who has found a new calling and a permanent home in the foyer of Wynyard Composite School. He announces all of the upcoming events on his little...

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Selfie Scavenger Hunt

Selfie Scavenger Hunt

This is our version of an old-school Easter Egg Hunt, but you can make it fit any holiday or random theme. We post spring-ish items (Easter Bunny, Tulips, Easter Eggs, Robins, Sandals, etc.) around the school in places that take more than a casual glance to see, but...

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Rock Paper Scissors ONLINE

Rock, Paper, Scissors is a game that can be taken virtually, and Ethan Gasee from Tanenbaum CHAT in Toronto had his whole school throwing down their virtual rocks in an online tournament. A signup form was sent out to the whole student body and staff on Google Forms....

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The Zoomies

The Zoomies

Scott Thompson from Bow Valley High had some fun and frustration with the virtual world of education and handed out some awards for efforts that should be recognized in the world of virtual learning. He called his awards "The Zoomies". You can hand out recognition...

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Virtual Brain Break Games

Read my Lips This is actually an ideal game for a virtual brain-break. The idea is just like it sounds. One person mouths a phrase and the other players have to guess what they said. This game often goes awry when playing in person, but for a virtual group, it’s easy...

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True Colours: Presented by Relay for Life Youth

True Colours: Presented by Relay for Life Youth

True Colours: Presented by Relay for Life Youth   Join CSLA and students across Canada to participate in a True Colours workshop presented by our friends at Relay for Life Youth. This workshop took place on December 9, 2020. A recording of the workshop can be...

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Mathletes – One! Two! Three! COMPUTE!

Mathletes – One! Two! Three! COMPUTE!

St. Patrick’s math department from Quebec City ran their edition of Math Week. This year's format of competition was online. Participants must solve 10 riddles and participate in a few math games to collect as many points as possible. Last year, they did the daily...

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Kiss a Grad Goodbye

Kiss a Grad Goodbye

In May of each school year, Kennebecasis Valley High Renaissance sells “Kiss a Grad Goodbye’s” to students and staff. A “Kiss a Grad Goodbye” consists of a white piece of cardstock decorated with a blue graduation cap, a Hershey’s Kiss, and a space to write an...

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Happy Harvest

Happy Harvest

Charlottetown Rural in PEI has created an event that feeds the needs of their culinary students and the bellies of the school population. Happy Harvest is a wonderfully collaborative event involving the inclusive education, culinary and leadership students.  Using...

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We Dare You . . . to be kind

Instead of challenging people to do dangerous things, make it truly challenging to interact with others in a positive way and dare to be kind. Identify the challenge for each of the five days during the week. from Debbie Hawkins

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Who’s that Teacher?

Who’s that Teacher?

W. P. Wagner High from Edmonton conquered the virtual Halloween creatures by having their staff submit pictures of themselves dressed for Halloween as a kid. The quiz was then posted to their website as a Google Form and students and staff attempted to select who was...

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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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