Whatever your school traditions are, Spirit Week is the best time of the year to promote school pride, unify your student body, and make lasting memories that your students, teachers, and staff will remember forever.
While planning for Spirit Week and Homecoming may seem like a daunting task, you’ll find that a few simple tips will help reduce your stress and make planning a great spirit week lots of fun. Here are out four ways to plan for Spirit Week.
1. Decorate Your Hallways
Have a hallway decorating contest between your freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes. Assign each class a school hallway and let your students decorate it however they want (within reason, of course!). Here are some decorations to have on hand to spark their creativity:
Don’t forget to take pictures of the end results for your school paper, yearbook, and/or school website!
2. Choose Your Theme Days
Most schools designate a theme to each day of Spirit Week. Students and teachers alike love them days, as they get to come to school wearing outrageous outfits and accessories. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Superhero Day
- Nerd Day
- Class Color Day
- Decade Day (60s, 70s, 80s)
- Celebrity Day
- Pajama Day
3. Decide on Lunchtime Activities
Providing a fun activity during lunch is a fantastic way to get students more involved in Spirit Week and interacting with each other. Incorporate some of these ideas into your lunchtime Spirit Week activities:
- Trivia Contest
- Name That Tune
- Tricycle Races
- Tug of War (take this outdoors)
4. Support A Local Charity
More and more schools are volunteering and giving back to the community. Make charitable giving a part of your Spirit Week. Choose a local charity and see which class (freshman to seniors) can raise the most money, donate the most items, or volunteer the most time for the organization. A lot of schools have a Pink Out day to raise breast cancer awareness among students and the community.
With these tips, you’ll find that getting your school and students ready for Spirit Week will be a breeze. Don’t forget to visit Anderson’s for all your decorating and spirit gear needs.