For our recent Spirit Week events, one of the lunchtime activities we hosted was called Human Bowling. You have two participants per class/homeroom. One of them acts as the bowling ball, the other as the bowler. The bowling ball person is strapped face down with bungee ties to a skateboard while wearing some type of helmet. At the other end of the gym, you place a number of plastic bowling pins (5 or 10 pin bowling, its your choice!)
The bowler pushes his/her partner towards the pins until they are about 5 feet away. Then he/she must release and allow the “ball” to go on his own. The winner is the class who hits the most pins.
Note: To be safe, be sure that there is a “catcher” behind the pins to catch the “balls”. Our students thought this was the greatest and it was a great start to Spirit Week.
Monique van Dop
Have students sell light bulbs ($1.00 each) and hang the light bulbs in the front of your school in the form of a Christmas tree and donate the money to a local charity. Our Grade 7 Team at Florenceville Middle School raised $1200.00 and split it 50/50 to Christmas Daddies and a local family (cancer).
World Vision Canada has a gift catalogue that allows you to purchase farm animals for families in underdeveloped countries. We found their catalogue to be a great way to raise money for this worthy cause. Students don’t want to just give cash, they want to know what their money is doing. We decided to purchase a dairy cow, because we are a rural school in cow country. The cows cost $600 each and our goal was to purchase one cow. We raised enough money to purchase two cows! It helped that one of our council members had access to a life-sized cow from her dad’s work. We placed it in the principal’s office along with lots of hay.
Check out the website for the World Vision gift catalogue.
Elmira District Secondary
The students on my leadership team hosted skateboard Olympics during lunch hour last year in the cafeteria. They were a hit! We first had a couple students who were good at tricks demonstrate their stuff. Then we had the silly Olympics for the rest of us.
There was rowing (sitting on the skateboard using a short toilet plunger to paddle), Skiing (standing on the skateboard using two toilet plungers on broom handles to push yourself), and swimming (laying on your stomach on the skateboard using your hands to push yourself). Lots o fun and low cost. Could be spruced up by having color teams, other special accessories to make contestants look ridiculous such as touques, gloves and ski goggles, swimming caps and snorkeling masks, lifejackets.
Sell tickets in advance for a car smash for charity. You can also sell tickets on the day, but with promotion, you will sell more tickets when you sell them in advance on this event. We sold ours for three swings for $2 and auctioned off the chance to be one of the first three people to swing the sledge hammer. We got a car donated from a local wrecker and had the fluids and window glass removed by our auto shop. (The windshield remained because it is safety glass.) Swingers had to wear safety glasses and work gloves and could not get on the vehicle.
We raised over $250 for our charity.
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 Dinner be the person who knocks over the first Kraft Dinner domino and sets all of the others flying. You can make very interesting patterns with all of the different colours of boxed macaroni. When you are setting up the dominoes, you can take one or two out of a pattern (ever 50 boxes) so that a slip of the hand doesn’t set the whole display off by mistake.
Make sure that you check with your Food Bank to see if they want to have all of this nutritious mac’n cheese!