Spirit Week ranks right up there with some of the best days of the school year. There’s just something about the camaraderie, big fun, and getting crazy with school spirit and school pride that unites the student body, and promotes morale among students, teachers, and staff. We’ve compiled LOTS of ideas into one helpful blog to help your school have THE BEST Spirit Week!
SPIRIT WEEK: THEME DAYS
Theme days are one of the biggest reasons why students love Spirit Week so much. It’s a chance to dress up in new, wacky outfits and ensembles most of them would never dream of wearing on a typical day. Here’s a long list of ideas to choose from:
Beach Party Day
College T-Shirt Day
Crazy Hat Day
Decade Day (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, etc.)
Favorite Movie Day
International Day (choose a different country for each class)
Polka Dot Day
School Color Day (save this day for Friday!)
Sports Team Day
Star Wars Day
St. Patrick’s Leprechaun Day
Twin Day (best friends can dress the same)
Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
Wacky Hair Day
Wild Shoe Day
Willy Wonka Day
Wizard of Oz Day
SPIRIT WEEK: LUNCHTIME ACTIVITIES
Plan fun activities throughout the week to keep excitement high, engage your students, and maybe raise some funds. Schedule activities for your school’s lunch periods so students have some extra excitement while they’re eating. Or hold activities after-school when community members can attend (fundraising—hint, hint). Try some of these ideas:
Baby Bottle Drinking Contest
Celebrity Name Game
Guess the Number of Coins In A Jar
Name That Tune
Spin the Wheel – and get a prize!
Tailgate – grill out in the parking lot before big Friday game.
Tug of War
SPIRIT WEEK: THE BIG GAME
Spirit Week usually ends with your Homecoming game on Friday night. Save some of your biggest activities and ideas for Friday. Have a pep rally in the afternoon. Schedule an amazing half-time show. And stock your concession stands with extra school spirit novelties, apparel, and snacks. Consider the following for your concession stands:
Spirit Jewelry (earrings and beads)
SPIRIT WEEK: GENERAL TIPS
Be safe. For every plan you make, consider all possible safety issues. Work with advisors or school staff to deal with potential issues.
Team up with booster clubs. They are almost always willing to help, and may have great ideas, spirit items, and volunteers for Spirit Week!
Keep records. Track your Spirit Week ideas from year to year. Make lists and take notes on what worked well (and didn’t), so next year’s organizers can benefit from your experience.
Plan early. The more time you have to plan, the more successful your Spirit Week will be.
Have fun! Don’t stress (too much) over things you cannot control. Focus your energies on things you can. And make it fun for everyone!
What other ideas or tips do you have for Spirit Week?
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