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...
Leadership Buddies with Staff

Leadership Buddies with Staff

The number one rule in modern marketing is that word of mouth is the most powerful way to let people know what is happening. Yale Secondary leadership students are paired with a teacher in the school to act as a “leadership buddy” on the first day of...
Keep your Fish Fresh

Keep your Fish Fresh

Few people know that storm drains located on your street empty right into local streams, creeks, and rivers in your neighbourhood. To remind people not to dump waste oil and other contaminants into the local water table, Yale Secondary leadership students, in...

Razzle Dazzle Hype Video

KCI in Kitchener has their students and staff film a 20–30 second video clip and then all of the clips are put together with the app Quik for a Razzle Dazzle version of the life at school or home. Check out a sample video here. Hints:  Have people submit videos of...
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...
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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
#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...

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....
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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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,...
“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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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...
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...
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...
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...

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...