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 marker will be used through out the dance. Students are welcome to bring yearbooks, senior memory books, or portfolios for people to sign and write on. Allow students to write graffiti on the walls (which are covered in roll paper), as well as write messages on each other’s clothing. This gives them a chance to meet new people and get their yearbooks signed all at once! The shirts with their classmate’s signatures on them are always very popular to wear to school and to football games! This is a great way to boost school spirit, and actually have fun doing it!!!
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 saying, “What’s this? It’s Green Day! No, it isn’t, Wednesday is Green Day! But this is Green Day!”
The day before, we asked people if we could write on their hands with green permanent marker and we wrote G’s on everyone’s hands. We knew that people would participate, if only they could remember to wear the right thing in the morning.
We arranged with the cafeteria that everyone who wore green on Green Day could buy a hamburg for a loonie. It was a huge success! Over 80% of the school wore green and the cafeteria did the most business that it has ever done even with the discount burgs!
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 dress code, of course); Thursday = blue cheese day, so people wore all blue; Friday = Salad day, so people wore green, which is one of our school colours. In addition to dressing up each day, lunchtime activities ranged from salad bowling (use a head of lettuce as a bowling ball and cucumber halves as pins) to salad toss (a blindfolded person had to throw salad fixings backwards as their partner tried to catch them with a salad bowl). Prizes included salads and salad bar gift certificates from a local restaurant. The students had fun with the activities, and teachers and students alike appreciated the creativity of the salad-themed week.
Each grade dresses up as a holiday that nobody ever really takes notice of…
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 leaves)
Mother/Fathers Day -> Dress up like old people
Victoria Day -> Dress like royalty
Be creative! There are tons!
From: Hanna Pham
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 it in the ceiling of the main hallway. Members add their own sentiments and the record is kept as previous years’ tiles are still in the ceiling.
From: Michelle Ferreira
Hunting Hills High, Red Deer, AB
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 sculptures, one doing face painting, and everyone got a free birthday cup-cake. The only thing missing was a magician/card tricks’ booth.