Kraft Dinner Dominoes

Kraft Dinner Dominoes

Collecting cans of food for the Food Bank can become a weak activity as people get tired of collecting the same old thing. Instead, collect boxes of Kraft Dinner and set them up like dominoes on the gym floor. Have a member of the class that brings in the most Kraft...
Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee

Run an old-fashioned spelling bee as a home room competition at lunchtime. Promote it with signs filled with spelling mistakes. Host it by grade level for each day with Friday as the finals for school champ. The words are made known to the audience by placing them on...
Which Witch is Which?

Which Witch is Which?

This is a home room contest for Hallowe’en activities. Get the basic elements of a witch’s costume: hat, hair, nose and cape. Have random teachers dress up on the costume and take their mug shot with a digital camera.  Put all of the pictures on one page...

Semi-Formal Sell Off

A dance is fun because people attend, not because of the DJ or the dress or the food. KCI attempts generate some buzz for our semi-formal by selling tickets in this manner: $1 for the first ticket $2 for the second $3 for the third and so on to $15 Then they stay at...
Change the Time for Class

Change the Time for Class

A simple fundraiser is to delay class until the teacher is finished counting the change on his or her desk brought in for a fundraiser. Students put coins on the teacher’s desk (or at a central location) and class cannot begin until all the money is counted and...

Army Day

Army Day It’s March 4th. (Get it sarge?) Dress in camouflage pants or march your way to class. Have “Guess that K-ration in the Caf” competition. Celebrate the contributions of the Armed Forces. Jenna Albrecht EDSS
Breakfast with the Principal

Breakfast with the Principal

Our Student Council endeavors to promote respect and raise school spirit. To accomplish this goal, The EDSS Student Council has developed a new way of recognizing EDSS students who improve their school community. With the gracious support of Administration, Student...

Teacher Recognition Ideas

The dollar stores are indispensable allies in the hunt for teacher appreciation ideas. We buy our staff two gifts a year that we try to keep in the $5 or under range. Coffee mugs, plastic apples, portfolios, pens have been our recent purchases and we do one at either...

Dusk to Dawn Activity-a-thon

The idea of using a “thon” to raise funds is anything but new. What may be unique is the number of activities included in this “thon” and that the funds raised directly help the student who participates. Many “thons” focus on one activity for participation. The...
Push-Ups for Food

Push-Ups for Food

Reinventing or revisiting ideas often make an idea seem new when, in fact, variations of the idea are everywhere. The key to fundraising or charity drives is to do something novel, to tie it into something your students feel pride and to have some hook that the school...
The Golden Bagel

The Golden Bagel

Over the years, our school has held various end-of-year Student Activity awards assemblies; although many of these events have been “very nice”, they were not necessarily entirely successful at capturing the essence of the spirit of our school. As well,...
Golden Moments

Golden Moments

Selwyn House School is in Montreal and has a uniform. It is difficult to recognize students and staff with a spirit shirt, so we use “Golden Moments”. These are a pair of very nice socks that can be worn with the uniform. Golden Moments are done once a...
Just Dye-ing for It!

Just Dye-ing for It!

We got two male and two female teachers to agree to let us dye their hair for the cause. We had each teacher pick four colours, and have placed boxes in front of their pictures in those colours. Students vote with their change as to what colour the hair should be. The...

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...
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...

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...
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...
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!

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...
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...

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

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)...
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...

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...

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...
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...

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...

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...
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...
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...

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...
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...
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...

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...
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...
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...