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Top 5 Creative Ideas to Increase School Spirit

School spirit

 

School spirit is very important for the pride of the school community.  It creates a sense of togetherness, which is necessary to make people feel a part of something, as well as generate excitement about the school.   Whether it be rooting for the football team or baking cookies to raise money for the chess club, having pride in your school and workplace is vital for a positive student body and a better student experience.  Of course there are the familiar ways of showing school spirit like wearing school colors, but let’s look at some other ideas, shall we?

Top 5 Creative Ideas to Increase School Spirit:

1. Themed Spirit Weeks!

This is a popular idea for a school’s Homecoming week, but why don’t we have them more often?  Before or after standardized testing, before a spring or winter break, as a reward for high test scores or a winning season- you have many options. Have different clubs or school committees take a survey of the student body to gage what themes your school’s population are most interested in, and then draw up a theme for each day of the week. Of course, alliteration really helps to make it catchy! Here are some of my favorites:

  • Movie Monday: Dress up as characters from your favorite movies.  You will have Olafs all over the place.
  • Tiki Tuesday: Hawaiian themed!  Just make it clear that bikinis and Speedos are not allowed, and you’ll be good.  
  • Wacky Wednesday: Wear a crazy, mismatched outfit that would make your mother cringe.  
  • Throwback Thursday: This is one of my favorites. Assign a different decade to each grade and have them compete for the best outfits.  
  • Spirit Friday: Or, if you’re lucky enough to have your school or your mascot begin with an F, definitely go with that.

2. Celebrate your School’s History!

So often we don’t take advantage of what is right in front of us.  Or in the case I’m trying to make, near us. Was your town involved in the Civil War?  American Revolution? Is there Native American History surrounding you? Maybe there was someone famous from your hometown?  Whatever you have to celebrate, embrace it. My high school was named after one of the Challenger passengers, and other than having his name written on the wall, I knew nothing about him.  As an adult, I realize how crazy that was.

If you are thinking, “nothing has ever happened here,” then look up the year your school was built and celebrate that year.  Students can dress up like that year/decade and have a lot of fun with it!

3. Door Design Contest!

I know schools that do this around the holidays, but you could even make it into a monthly contest.  Make a theme for each month, and then have your students decorate your door accordingly. This may seem more for elementary school, but in high school teachers could have students create something that aligns with their curriculum. Here are some theme ideas:

  • September: Back to School!
  • October: Halloween
  • November: Thanksgiving
  • December: Holidays ( Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah)
  • January: Resolutions and Predictions for the New Year
  • February: Valentine’s Day or Presidents’ Day
  • March: St. Patrick’s Day or Start of Spring
  • April: April Showers bring May Flowers or Easter/Spring
  • May: Memorial Day/Patriotism
  • June: End of School/Summer Break!

4. Collaboratively Raise Money for a Cause!

In all communities, specifically small towns, there is usually a family or a cause that needs help.  Maybe a family with kids in your district had a fire, or maybe it’s an uplifting cause, like you want to send care packages to veterans.  Whatever you choose, make it a school effort and let the kids rally around it. Even better, make it into a competition between grade levels or classes, and let the winners get a spirit week!  

5. Okay, This Last One is for the Teachers:

Real talk: you will never be able to spread school spirit or school camaraderie if you are constantly  complaining about work or have a record of never attending school events. Kids notice these things, and the ones who really need the push to become more involved in school activities are the ones who are going to be watching you most carefully.  If you can show that you are excited about where you work and get involved in school events, they will be more likely to follow suit. Also, don’t let kids speak negatively in your room or in your presence. How you expect them to behave and speak of the school and each other reflects your personal feelings.

 

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