The student council at Mason City High School in Iowa decided to give their student body something to quack about by hosting a chuck-a-duck tournament. Council members sold rubber duckies for $2 per throw and had participants hurl the ducks at a big bullseye in the middle of their gymnasium. Once all ducks were thrown, students measured which duck got closest to the bullseye and awarded the winner a $25 gift card to a local store. Tip: Search online for ducks that feature ribbons to support the cause of your choice, such as child cancer or autism awareness.
Student council members at The Post Oak School in Houston promote fun and fellowship among students by watching films on the first Friday of each month. Surveys are given to the student body to gauge interest in the selections of movies, and coordination with IT is required to ensure all goes smoothly. In addition, students may wish to purchase snacks and drinks and/or make posters to promote the event. Whether your group hosts the event for fun or as a fundraiser, all who attend are sure to have a great time.
New Teacher Luncheon
At the beginning of the school year, student council members at Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City host a new teacher luncheon to introduce the newcomers to the school community. The day of the luncheon, food is brought into the school library where all the new teachers, current teachers, and student council officers meet. Once the new teachers have eaten, staff introduces the school’s main principals and department heads, as well as the student council officers. They explain a little about what it means to be a part of the school, hold a question-and-answer session, and conclude with a school tour. What a great way to make new teachers feel welcome and included!
Members of the Hagerstown National Honor Society in Indiana opened a free boutique for little girls to paint their nails and style their hair prior to the Daddy-Daughter Dance hosted by the sophomore class at the school. NHS members brought in their own nail polish, hairspray, curling irons, and flat irons to make the girls feel like princesses. It was a great service to the community that showed the school really cares.
As a fundraiser to raise money for charity, NHS students at Highland Park High School in New Jersey organized a “Jeopardy!” game in which eight teachers and two NHS members participated (one other teacher served as the host). NHS members made a question board that included trivia about their town, the school, pop culture, the charity they were donating to, and so on. During the game, in addition to the questions on the board, a bonus section with audience participation was added. The event was promoted with posters and social media, and the winning team was awarded a prize.
The Great Garage Sale Giveaway
NHS members at Brentwood High School in St. Louis donated their time to take unsold items such as baby clothes, books, toys, cooking utensils, pet items, clothes, and purses from their local tri-city garage sale and donate them to charity. These items were on the wish lists of charities in the St. Louis area. To promote the pickup, NHS members created flyers with contact information to notify participants of the convenient pickup service. The group was able to help Remain Inc., Nurses for Newborns, the Animal Protective Association of Missouri, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Crazy Socks for a Cause
NJHS students at Frank Black Middle School in Houston raised awareness about people with Down syndrome by wearing crazy socks on World Down Syndrome Day. They promoted the event by creating posters to display around school and passing out flyers. Students also provided information about Down syndrome that was read over the morning announcements. Many students participated by wearing silly socks and they learned a little bit more about this important issue.
NJHS students at All Saints Catholic School in Broken Arrow, OK, visited a local nursing home where they assisted the residents with playing bingo by helping them set up cards and passing out snacks and beverages. Students also purchased and collected prizes for the winners, in addition to handing out other small gifts and Thanksgiving cards made by younger students in the district.