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...
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...

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

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

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...

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...

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...
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...
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...

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...

“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...
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...
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...

Make Poverty History

Our O-Ambassador group wanted to emphasize the statistic that one-in-three children in the world live in poverty. Ribbons were cut up, classes were visited during first period, and one-in-three students were given a ribbon to wear for the day. It made the statistic...
Superstar

Superstar

Students who display positive attitudes and friendliness are rewarded with a Superstar Award. Given each Monday, the award is given to students who have been nominated by their peers for such acts as telling jokes to make someone’s day, picking up...
Wrap the Teacher

Wrap the Teacher

Our staff is always present, so we decided to wrap our teachers for Christmas. Teams of 4 students were given wrapping paper, scissors and tape. In 20 minutes, they had to make a top, bottom and hat for the teacher model and then wrap a stylish box. The winning...
Cookie Face Racing

Cookie Face Racing

This is a great pep rally activity. Participants are in a reclined position (laying on the floor seems easiest), one flat cookie (chocolate chip, Oreo, oatmeal, etc.) is placed on the participant’s forehead and using only their face muscles they race to be the...
20/20 Project

20/20 Project

Our two leadership classes committed to 20 days of 20 good deeds. As the advisor, I did this assignment along with them and realized that this was more difficult than it seemed. I asked the students to step out of their comfort zones and try to do good deeds that went...
Movember

Movember

Movember is an activity to support the awareness of prostate cancer during the month of November. Men (and women) grow their moustaches to signify their support of this worthy cause. Many schools run contests to encourage the cultivation of this facial growth and then...

School-Wide Puzzle

The leadership class at Maples Collegiate must plan and organize a major event for their final project in the course. The school enrollment now exceeds 1550 students and approximately 180 staff creating a huge disconnected learning community. Not only is the...

Teacher Grads

June is the time of year where some teachers get to finally graduate from your school as well. One of the unique and truly appreciated mementos that you are able to create can come from letters or notes collected from present students. Here is an example of a note...
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...