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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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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Healthy Thank You to Staff

Healthy Thank You to Staff

Although it is well-intentioned, the healthy schools initiative is hard on those easy chocolate and candy thank you’s that you can put in teachers’ mailboxes. A healthy alternative is to put a bunch of grapes in a baggie and attach a note that says: “You’re the...

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The Shadow Knows: Do you know the shadow?

The Shadow Knows: Do you know the shadow?

Make silhouettes of staff members and post them virtually and physically. Post these life-sized (like the old iPod ads) in the main hallway or virtually on social media and make it a contest in naming the staff members represented. A great trivia contest, as Google...

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Positive Messages at a Festive Time

Positive Messages at a Festive Time

Leadership students at Yale Secondary School in Abbotsford, BC, use their artistic talents to spread good cheer and positive messages on liquor bags given out locally. Think of other times your students can promote positive behaviours in the community by using their...

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Garbage Bag Fashions

Garbage Bag Fashions

Make the most of it with less. A challenge but lots of fun to have your contestants try their best with a very basic material. This can be a home room challenge or a great event for a leadership retreat.

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Athletic Hall of Fame with Class

Athletic Hall of Fame with Class

Use vinyl wrap to put your successful athletes up in an athletic hall of fame, just like Sir John A. Macdonald in Waterloo. Your junior students should walk down that hall and say, "I want to be just like her" or "I want to be just like him."

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Lunchtime BINGO

Lunchtime BINGO

BINGO has been around for  a long time for a good reason. It's FUN! Try a random game at lunch at your school. You will be surprised at how many people stick around and play. Get a bingo drum, markers, prizes, and some quality lucky charms - @chscoyote does this...

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A Very Lobster Christmas

A Very Lobster Christmas

  Grand Manan's SRC’s latest project created a trap tree (approximately 400 lobster traps) that is covered with buoys that members of the school and community decorated. Buoys are painted to represent various classes, teams, community groups, fishing crews as...

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I Insta Spy

I Insta Spy

Try playing I Spy on Instagram –- post pictures of various places around the school students will have to hunt for - have them reply with a DM or fill out a sheet of paper that is handed out - draw names for a prize - fun and gets students going to your Instagram...

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Just Write Treat

Just Write Treat

Fun new staff appreciation idea. Stack a bunch of Hershey kisses and make them into a pencil. Thx to Ms. Lowey’s  leadership class for the idea.

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Grad Wall of History

Grad Wall of History

  How do you recognize past generations and history in your school? Elrose Comprehensive School, SK, has pictures of every grad class from 1947 to present.  

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Tearable Puns

Tearable Puns

Some puns are so bad that you have to take them away with you to put them out of your misery. These are posted around the school to provide some pun fun for all.

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Stone Art

Stone Art

An elementary school in Indiana combined creativity and literature to create a beautiful piece of art that will encourage students for years to come to be true to themselves. Students grades K-5 at Sharon elementary school in Newburgh, IN painted rocks inspired by the...

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Book Your Locker

Book Your Locker

A teacher at Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School from Cambridge, ON,  had her English as a Second Language (ESL) Art class think of a book they loved back home or one that is popular in their home country, and recreate the book spine on the lockers outside...

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Quarantine BINGO

Quarantine BINGO

Greenall School in Balgonie, SK,  lightens the daily online experience with their quarantine BINGO. Students and staff are invited to play and mark their squares with photos of what was happening.  

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Helping Hampers

Helping Hampers

Bow Valley High in Cochrane helps students and their families who are future students in the school. The charity drive is a little different from others as Bow Valley High School reaches out to its feeder schools which include: Glenbow, Mitford, Ranche View and...

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ELEMENT of Beauty

ELEMENT of Beauty

An old stretch of asphalt on a tennis court was beautified by the science classes who painted the periodic table. It was visible from all of the classrooms on the back side of the school. It was a way of bringing the knowledge of the classroom to the world.

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Accountability Partner

Accountability Partner

One of the hardest things to do when you start an exercise program is to get yourself out of bed or resume your routine after a break. When you have an exercise partner, you know that you have to show up for your run because you will be letting another person down....

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Admin Breakfast

The senior administration in a modern secondary school is usually so busy dealing with the negative issues and paperwork that confront them on a daily basis, that they rarely have time to spend with the positive people in the building. In fact, if you are not causing...

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Honourable Recognition

Honourable Recognition

Notre Dame College School in Welland takes a lot of pride in recognizing their academic stars. This display is found right in the front foyer of the school, and it's a place that you would be proud to have your name appear.

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Countdown

Countdown

It’s a good idea to put a countdown reminder for a major event in a visible place in your council office or front entrance of your school. Tape Measure Countdown:  to count down the last 30 days, hang a cloth tape measure in a visible place. As each day goes by, cut...

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Highlight your Athletes

Highlight your Athletes

Hunting Hills High in Red Deer takes pictures of their star athletes and then prints the portrait to vinyl. The portraits are then posted to lockers outside of the gym area. A great way to recognize the talent in your school. The same could be done for students on...

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Sweet Teacher Appreciation

Sweet Teacher Appreciation

There is nothing wrong with a little sugar high to say, “Hi and thank you.” to staff. Use one of the following to give your staff a little boost: Reeces:  Thank you for sharing pieces of your knowledge with us this year. M&M:  Much & Many thanks for all you...

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Garbage-athon

Garbage-athon

Oscar the Grouch will be smiling when your students pre-solicit pledges on a per-bag basis for the litter that they collect in a specific area of your community on a specific day. Select a visible eyesore and with a small group, you can make a significant difference....

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Profits by the Slice

Profits by the Slice

Many groups try to make money by running a huge one-shot fundraiser rather than slowly accumulating their profit over time. The slice method of fundraising is simply putting the pieces together over a length of time to make a whole lot of moolah!! Clubs and teams have...

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Grad Breakfast

Grad Breakfast

Senior students organize a grad breakfast for the grads from last year on the Friday before Thanksgiving, as many grads come home for the holiday. This is attended by present staff and grads return to socialize and share their experiences with this year's graduating...

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Neighbourhood Piano

Neighbourhood Piano

People are paying to have their old pianos taken away. Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary in Waterloo and Centennial High in Calgary have given these family instruments a new home. Paint the piano in your school colours and let people give it their best "heart and soul"...

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Homemade Spray Chalk

Using spray chalk with a graffiti skill or stencils is an excellent way to temporarily promote activities, decorate walkways, entrances, etc. for events, and for school spirit. MaterialsCornstarch              4 TablespoonsWarm Water            1 CupFood Colouring   ...

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Love File

Love File

One school had each member of their staff fill out something called the Love File. The file asked questions about a few of their favorite things like drinks, snacks, or favorite places to dine. Student government along with the administrative team would then partner...

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Change the Sell to a Buy In

Guelph Collegiate used to have "Buy Outs" to support sports teams. Students could pay a toonie and get out of last class to attend a game at the end of school. This was changed to a "Buy In" for spirit. They were not getting full support from some academic teachers on...

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Duck Pond of Appreciation

Duck Pond of Appreciation

A unique way to thank a group of staff members for their help after an event is to take the "Duck Pond of Appreciation" around to their classes. Have them pick a duck from the pond, and with the corresponding number (written on the bottom) they win a prize. Have a...

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Grad Rock

Grad Rock

Chinook High School in Lethbridge, Alberta has a large Grad Rock that is located outside of the school. Each year, the graduation class paints the rock and grads sign their names on the rock. It stands as a solid reminder to the graduating class that they are spending...

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Lazy Boy or Girl Day

Lazy Boy or Girl Day

The day involves having a student or staff member win the opportunity to experience all of his or her classes for one day from the comfort of a Lazy Boy recliner. A recliner is placed in full view in the cafeteria on a Monday, and tickets are sold at 50¢ each or three...

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Pet Parade

Pet Parade

The L.P. Miller FIGHT Foundation, a humanitarian service learning group who helps those in need locally, nationally and globally, organized a Pet Parade and Awareness event with all proceeds going towards the North East SPCA building fund.  Overall we had a great...

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Flush Away Fundraiser

Flush Away Fundraiser

Kindersley Composite School came up with a unique way to raise money for cancer and have fun in the community as well. As part their our annual Think Pink week for cancer research, the students on the Kindersley SLC split up into grade alike teams and competed to see...

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Pay it Forward with Class

As a group, get your teacher’s approval to schedule a day to surprise the class next door with cookies and milk. Do this for no other reason than to spread good will. Encourage the class receiving the mini-party to repay the favor, but not toward your group but to...

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Hole-in-One Contest

Hole-in-One Contest

​Conduct a contest using regular golf clubs—make sure you have a least one left-handed club. The “hole” is a hula hoop, placed on the ground, about 12 metres away from the tee. The golf “balls” are marshmallows. Participants play throughout lunch period. Award prizes...

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Popcorn Sculptures

Popcorn Sculptures

In honour of National Popcorn Day on January 30, organize a popcorn sculpture contest between homeroom classes or teams of students at lunch. Provide each group with a bag of popcorn and flour-paste glue or caramel, then let them create. After judging and displaying...

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Survival Kit

Survival Kit

Student leaders and advisors for clubs and activities need to be reminded that they are important and valued members of your school. Giving them a boost at the beginning of the year can give your activity program the impetus it requires to get things off with the...

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Pi Day

Pi Day

On March 14th, math teachers at Waterloo Collegiate bake pies and serve them to fellow staff members. CHAT in Toronto has Pi Day, where students are challenged to repeat the number Pi to as many digits as possible from memory. This is a chance for some students who...

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Grad Care Package

Grad Care Package

Students gather together goodies, personal letters and notes from students at the school, copies of local and school papers, and other items of local interest. These are mailed to grads from the previous year who are away at university. This makes the grads feel...

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Bus Driver Honey Buns

Bus Driver Honey Buns

Your bus drivers are support staff who are often only appreciated on snow days. Recognize the job they do at the beginning of the year, by providing the bus drivers with honey (or cinnamon) buns that say, "Thanks, Honey, for hauling our BUNS to school every day!"

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Turkey Bowling

Turkey Bowling

All you need is plastic wrap, vegetable oil, and a few bowling pins. A couple of thawed pre-packaged turkeys are unique stand-ins as bowling balls. This can be a great fund raiser charging for the opportunity to toss the bird. ​

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