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...
#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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...

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