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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Community Awareness Night

Showcase the variety of services and recreational opportunities within your community by running a Community Awareness Night. This can be run in February or in September when the amateur sports groups and local groups can make people aware of their programs. The...

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Honour Roll Breakfast

Honour Roll Breakfast

The student council at EDSS hosts an annual breakfast reception for all honour roll students. This event is held just after the first report card of first semester. It is an attempt to congratulate our academic students. A small gift is given to each member of the...

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Graffiti Dance

Have the group in charge line the gym walls with sheet of roll paper, so all walls in the dance area are covered. Tell students to wear old clothes (white t-shirts, old blue jeans work best), and the admission to the dance can consist of money and a marker. Their...

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Crush Grams

Crush Grams

The idea, Crush Grams, revolves around a can of Crush pop (soda) - it comes in orange, grape and strawberry flavors. You can have this fundraiser during the days preceding Valentine's Day in February, or Sweetest Day in October. What you do is have people buy a crush...

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Monster Mash

Monster Mash

What do Monsters eat at Hallowe'en? The eat Monster hash at the Monster Mash! Create a little monster hash for your monsters to eat. Masks are then provided to dress up your monsters and they must eat the hash through the mask! It's a ghoulish mess!

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Christmas Activities

As you all know, Christmas is right around the corner. We're already planning things out here at Holy Cross. I thought maybe I'd share some of our plans, in the hopes that you all could try these at your schools, and maybe even contribute some of your favorite...

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Orange Madness

Orange Madness

Our school has adopted a yearlong spirit raising activity, called Orange Madness. (Orange & White are our schools colours) One of the most successful aspects of this campaign is the Oranged Out Fan Award. At half time (or its equivalent) of each home game, a...

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Lunchtime Games

Every Friday, our student’s council has a lunchtime activity. Everyone has come to know these activities as "T.G.I.F's" (thank god it's Friday activities). They are all very successful and I do suggest you try some... they are all easy and just take a few minutes to...

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Take your Best Shot

Take your Best Shot

Our principal and the two VP's agreed to don full goalie equipment and stand in nets to face the students' best shots for our United Way charity drive. It was three shots for a buck and you could blast away at one, or take one shot per administrator. The beauty of it...

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Sugar Stackers

Sugar Stackers

The objective of this event is to make a tower of sugar cubes higher than all of the competitors. Team or single competitors are allowed to enter and there is no licking of the cubes to make them sticky. Cubes are provided and it's harder than it looks. You can also...

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Gym Riot

Gym Riot

This is an awesome rally-style event for every single person in your school. The school is broken up into four groups they are, red, blue, yellow and green Every home room is given one of theses colors. Captains select people to participate on their teams from ALL...

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Dessert Auction

Dessert Auction

  One night every quarter or semester our school puts on a "talent show" presenting plays they've worked on, or musical acts etc. At intermission all the attendants go to a Dessert Auction where they can purchase a dessert item that was donated - cookies, bread,...

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Green Day

Green Day

Our school colours are green and white, and we wanted to pump it up for a spirit day where everyone would wear green. We played the music of Green Day (the band) in the caf at lunch and between classes as promotion prior to the day. We had comments with the music...

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Shave for a Cure

Shave for a Cure

This year our class held a fundraising project for the Leukemia Foundation. We asked about 12 male teachers with beards to shave their facial hair off for charity, and asked what price they would like to pay for their beards. The range of beard prices was from about...

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Souper Teachers

Souper Teachers

Teacher recognition gifts are a great way for your council to thank the staff for their hard work. You don't need to spend a lot of money to get the result you want. We gave our teachers a Lipton Cup o' Soup in their mailboxes with a note that said we had "Souper...

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Homecoming Games

First of all thank you to all who contributed their ideas. We're planning on using them in our school. A fun game to play is the scuba game. You get a par of flippers a pair of goggles and a snorkel and make the best football player (or whatever season it is) put them...

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Salad Spirit Week

Salad Spirit Week

During Salad Spirit Week, each dress-up day was named for a salad dressing. Monday = Ranch Day, so people wore cowboy/western clothes; Tuesday = Thousand Islands, so people wore beach/tropical attire; Wednesday = Caesar, so people wore togas (in accordance with school...

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Spirit Week

We decided, near the beginning of the year, to have a spirit week. The activities (by day) were: Day 1: School colours day - people dressed in our school colours (burgundy and white) and got a tootsie pop for participating. Day 2: Karaoke - we got a karaoke thing and...

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KCI Clothesline

One of the hardest things to do is to convince your activity group that they have done a good job of running many events. You seem to need a laundry list of activities in the middle of their year to convince them that they have made an impact on the school. Visitors...

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Staff Appreciation: This party’s for you!

For our staff appreciation activity we decided to take the party to the staff. Several students put together small loot bags with treats and goodies to be presented to each staff member. They included pencils, care bears with “you care about students” messages, etc....

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Mural Cooperation

Mural Cooperation

Our town’s mural project was adapted from the information at www.muralmosaic.com We enlisted the help of a local artist and former student along with a grade 12 student looking for a special project credit. My practical arts students helped with much of the labor and...

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Spirit Day Theme: Under-appreciated Holidays

Each grade dresses up as a holiday that nobody ever really takes notice of... Examples: Labour Day -> people dress up as doctors, firemen, police etc. Arbor Day -> people dress up in green/leafy outfits Canada Day -> show your patriotism (red/white/maple...

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Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Yes, those eggs are GREEN, Sam-I-Am! The good Doctor's birthday is March 2. Our school decided that we should recognize this literary giant by serving green eggs and ham in the cafeteria for lunch. Now, to make green eggs, we learned that you don't use green dye. You...

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R.A.S.K. Week

For the duration of one week, students are asked and encouraged to perform Random Acts of Senseless Kindness. This can range from helping a friend, or volunteering to help a teacher. During the week, Warm Fuzzies are sold (puff balls with feet, googlie eyes) and these...

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Tupperware Tuesday

Tupperware Tuesday

Each Tuesday Student Council and Leadership search the cafeteria for students eating their lunches in an environmentally sound package. It could be a reusable lunch bag, a thermos, or the ever-popular Tupperware. Any student (or teacher for that matter) whose lunch is...

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Look up to our Leaders

Look up to our Leaders

Hunting Hills High School in Red Deer, Alberta, picks a theme for their leadership team each year. They crest this on their leadership t-shirts and use it as the theme for their retreat. At the end of the year, the group paints the theme on a ceiling tile and places...

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A Pre-Prom Activity for Senior Citizens

A Pre-Prom Activity for Senior Citizens

The day before prom a group of students dressed up in our prom attire and went to an adult day-care to bring happiness to the elderly and mentally disabled. We brought our prom posters and balloons and we danced with the ones that could dance. They told us stories of...

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Spirit Rally Awards

INCREASE SCHOOL SPIRIT AND RALLY PARTICIPATION This year we started a year long competition at Lassen High School which includes spirit points earned throughout each quarter and awards, cash and spirit Bells at the end of each quarter. The first Awards Rally was a...

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Drive-In Movie

Drive-In Movie

We had a Drive In Movie in our school gym. The students created cars out of cardboard boxes and "drove" into the gym. We charged them by the carload, but they had to all stay in the car to drive into the gym. Great vehicles were created, and it was a unique way to...

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The Most Rewarding Meal of the Day

The Most Rewarding Meal of the Day

Breakfast of Champions Send nomination forms to all of the teachers and staff in your school and have them nominate a student whom they feel does something great. This does not have to be the best academic student in the class. You can nominate students for things...

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Polar Express Parade

Polar Express Parade

We had our own "Polar Express" Santa Parade thru the halls today at lunch - a first for us. We went down the main hall, like most small towns we only have the one main hall here, past the cafeteria (where we had 2 hosts broadcast on a live feed into the cafeteria) and...

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Spirit Week Fashions

It's difficult to get students to dress up for Spirit Week or Dress Up days, but if you make it fun you will get more participation. Hold a fashion show the week before your spirit week at lunch. Have catwalks and announcers and include as many different people as...

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Stuff-a-Bus

Stuff-a-Bus

Holy Trinity High School decorated boxes to look like school buses so they could be filled with non-perishable food items. We invited a student and a teacher from our feeder schools to our school for a free lunch. At the lunch we provided them with a folder. Inside...

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Cotton Candy Fun

Cotton Candy Fun

A cotton candy machine is a fun way to liven up a fall or spring outdoor carnival. Most rental places will carry them and the students go wild for this sinfully sweet treat. Candy floss is easy to make and the profits will easily cover your rental costs and more. Be...

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Birthday Dance Theme for Everyone

Birthday Dance Theme for Everyone

Moncton High School wanted to appeal to everyone with a dance theme, so we had an “It's your Birthday Party!” dance. The whole dance was a birthday party with clowns, party hats, noise-makers, tons of balloons and decorations. We had a teacher making balloon...

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Military Connection at Christmas

Guthrie School worked with the Canadian military on Operation Santa Claus. This is an effort to ensure that every military member serving overseas at Christmas receives a treat from back home. Letters were written from students in Kindergarten through Grade 9. The...

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Christmas Dance Idea

Christmas Dance Idea

We held a "Sno-Globe Semi-Formal" and transformed our cafeteria into a snowglobe ... put up plastic sheeting around the outside to simulate the ball, bought those blow-up santas/trees/snowmen from Rona (for your front lawn), threw some snow batting around them, and...

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Stuck for a Buck

Stuck for a Buck

A unique fundraiser is to have one or two well-known teachers (a vice-principal or football coach is a popular choice) volunteer to be taped to a wall. Strips of Duct tape are sold for a buck. The teachers are then taped to the wall and money is raised in this fun...

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Watermelon Carving Contest

Watermelon Carving Contest

Hallowe'en Pumpkins are hard to find in May and June, so go with what's available for your summer contests. Carving a watermelon can make a unique and creative home room contest. From: Will McKee Elmira District Secondary

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Change for Developing World Change

Change for Developing World Change

Collecting money for charity is much more effective when you can make a tangible connection to the charity. Collect loose change from each class during first period/or in the cafeteria at lunch. All change that is collected is placed on one side of a scale with the...

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Spirit Events

• Stuff Those Q-Tips! This can be used as a spirit assembly game. A student from each grade is selected to participate. How many Q-Tips can they fit in their mouths within the time limit? Make sure you have someone to count. (Have the participants put the Q-Tips in...

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Guess that Santa – Ho Ho Who?

Guess that Santa – Ho Ho Who?

Take pictures of 12 staff and students, girls and guys. variety of grades, but mostly higher profile kids and staff. Put them in Santa suits and take photos. It becomes a Home Room competition as people try to guess who is behind the beard. from: Pete Kalbfleisch Sir...

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Decorate Your Teacher

Decorate Your Teacher

It can get pretty tame running the same old door decorating contest each festive season. Try decorating your home room teacher. All of our participants had the opportunity to win a massage with a local therapist. Teachers got "decorated" by their students and went...

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Room Service

Room Service

We treat our teachers to Room Service after the exam period. They have a day at school without classes for a between semester turnaround, so student council provides a “breakfast in your room” treat for them. Prior to this day, we supply an order card for them in...

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Be the Change Banner

You were welcome to attend this activity if you believed you shouldn’t judge others until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. We advertised the event as free as long as you had clean feet and brought an old towel. Some students thought they’d be marching around the...

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Grandparent Tea

Grandparent Tea

Centennial Secondary held a get-together for all students and their grandparents. The Grandparents Tea was held near the Christmas Holidays in the cafeteria. The cafeteria was decorated with seasonal displays and the foods classes provided the treats. Talented...

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Grad Wall

Grad Wall

All grads pay $5 for one brick to decorate. They are allowed appropriate stuff only - they sign a waiver that gives SC the right to roll over anything questionable! It's an opportunity for our grads to leave their mark. from: Nicole HaireThree Oaks Sr. High School,...

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Free Car Wash

Free Car Wash

A car wash is a great way to make money, but how can you run a free car wash? Have your group go around and ask people to give pledges for each car washed during your “free car wash.” While getting pledges, give out free car wash coupons to your pledgers. You may also...

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Spirit Couch

Spirit Couch

Each week students at Covington HS are encouraged to submit their names for a Spirit Couch drawing that is held at a Friday pep rally. The person whose name is drawn gets to choose three guests to join him or her that evening on the Spirit Couch, which is set up on...

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Shamrock Shakes

Shamrock Shakes

Our student council came up with the idea of making green, peppermint milkshakes for St. Patrick's Day, which we did over a Friday noon hour. It was a hit, and sadly we didn't buy enough supplies and sold out before the next class started. Just make sure you have...

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Prom King and Queen – Spoof

At Centennial High School, we do not have a homecoming prom king and queen, so we decided to make our own version of a Coyote Prom for everyone. During our spirit week, we set up an archway with lighting, ribbons, and balloons and let students take pictures as our...

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Power of the Pen

Our leadership class came up with this idea as a way to increase morale in our school. First, you need to get a massive amount of pens (We managed to buy 250 pens for about $36. We got another 200 donated to us.). Next, you need to create a variety of witty...

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Teacher of the Month

We have nomination forms in student activities, and we promote this at least once a week on the morning announcements to remind students. Basically, students can nominate any staff member they feel goes above and beyond the call of duty - whether it be an amazing...

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Tinman Triathlon

Tinman Triathlon

This event is modeled on the Ironman Triathlon, and you can arrange the 3 course events around your surrounding facilities and landscape. You can make the course challenging, yet accessible to those who would like to try. Have separate divisions for first time...

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Anti-Valentine’s Day

Anti-Valentine’s Day

Not everyone is a romantic, so here is a way to accommodate the ones who are not lucky in love. Olds High School has celebrated Anti-Valentine's Day, which is apparently Friday, Feb. 15. The posters promoted that "Valentine's Day isn't for everyone!" Students sold...

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You Lost it – We found it

You Lost it – We found it

Bluevale Collegiate has a unique approach to reuniting lost articles with their owners. Most schools have a bin or box method where all of the lost items start to meld into a compost heap of old lunch bags, sweaters and single running shoes. BCI chooses to highlight...

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Sky High Goodbye

Some teachers or students deserve a special good-bye because of their contribution to the school or perhaps they must leave because of a terminal illness. A farewell experience can be heightened by hiring an aircraft to fly this person over the school grounds at a...

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“12 Hours for 12K” Wake-a-Thon

The student body of Stephen Lewis Secondary School was on a mission to help children who are suffering from HIV/AIDS in Africa, through an event organized by Student Activity Council and our Athletic Association Council. Our staff and students planned to raise over...

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Anti-bullying Message

Anti-bullying Message

On September 11, 2008 we had an anti bullying day across Nova Scotia. Digby Regional High School got pink t-shirts and sold them to students. We encouraged everyone to wear pink. During last period, everyone wearing pink was asked to go to the soccer field where we...

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National Anthem Contest

National Anthem Contest

Our school plays the national anthem each morning as part of opening exercises. To alleviate the repetition, a contest was announced for any homeroom that wanted to sing their own version of the national anthem. The only rule is that the anthem be treated with...

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