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 their mailboxes with the following note:
Report Cards are finished, Parent-Teacher Interviews are over, and it’s time for you to relax and enjoy some breakfast on us!
Where will you be during Period 1 on [date]:
Room Service Menu:
Please take a look at the following choices and pick out a few things for breakfast. We will be delivering this to you during the time above.
A listing of all the possible choices from drinks (hot and cold) to asides to entrées is provided. Student council members then deliver breakfast to their room.
from: Dorothy Karlson
Bow Valley High School
Centennial Secondary held a get-together for all students and their grandparents. The Grandparents Tea was held near the Christmas Holidays in the cafeteria. The cafeteria was decorated with seasonal displays and the foods classes provided the treats. Talented students from the school performed, while grandparents had tea and desserts with their grandson or granddaughter. The event was free to all students and grandparents. A photographer was also made available to take free group portraits to commemorate the event. This was a great opportunity for the students to show their grandparents the school that they attend, and make some connections with extended families and the school.
Other schools have done this as a Seniors Tea. This allows the school to make unique connections with the seniors in the community. Some are former grads, and others just want an outing with some young people. It makes for a great community connection.
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 someone’s dropped books in the hallway, and helping out in other ways. Winners are selected based on the explanations written on the nomination forms. The winner receives a traveling trophy cut out of wood in the shape of a star and painted red with glitter. He or she gets to sign the star and take it home for the week. The superstar brings the star back on Friday so it can be presented to the next person on Monday. At the end of the year the star goes into a display case.
The community collects prom dresses and redistributes them at no cost to young ladies who might otherwise not attend the prom, grad or formal. Not everyone can afford to buy that expensive prom dress, so the Princess Project (started in San Diego in 2002) provides the opportunity for young women to find a dress that suits. Many girls have dresses that are sitting in closets that deserve to be worn again. The Princess Project ensures that young women can get dressed up when there’s a dress to go!
Check www.princessproject.org for more information on how to start one at your school.
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 above and beyond. Daily, the students recorded their good deeds in their journals and then at the end of the project they had to write a reflection. At first I thought many students were not taking this project seriously but when I read their journal entries I discovered that most of them had definitely gone above and beyond the call of duty and really performed some amazing good deeds.
Riverside Secondary, Port Coquitlam, BC