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

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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
Homemade Spray Chalk

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   ...
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...
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...