Spirit Week 2018 | Day 5: PEP RALLY
How to Have the Best School Spirit
Dressing the Part
Find out what your school colors are.Many schools hold spirit days when everyone sports their school colors, and many universities encourage students to attend sporting events while wearing the school’s jerseys and colors.Whatever the occasion, showing up decked out in your school’s colors will let everyone know how strong your school spirit is and what a good team player you are.
Find a jersey or other shirt with your school’s name on it.Perhaps the most important element of your school-themed ensemble is your top, as it’s often the first thing you’ll notice about someone’s outfit. This is especially true if it has some kind of text or graphic emblazoned on it, so if you have a t-shirt, hoodie, or sports jersey touting your school’s name or insignia, wear it!
- If you don’t have any school merch, don’t worry! Just use a shirt that features one or more of your school colors prominently, such as a solid long sleeve tee or a plaid shirt showing two or more hometown hues.
- Keep an eye out for any pro sports merchandise you might have that features colors similar to those of your school. For example, if your colors are black, silver and red, you could wear a Chicago Bulls or Blackhawks jersey, or you could sport a Team Britain, Australia, France, or USA—all of which boast the colors of red, white, and blue on their flags—if your school also uses these colors.
Slip on bright track pants in one of your school’s colors.Unless you own sweatpants or basketball shorts from being on one of your school’s teams, you probably don’t have any pants which include all of your school colors. It’s probably easiest, then, to find a pair of sweatpants or track pants—bottoms which tend to feature brighter colors than everyday ones—in a school color. If you don’t own any, you can probably find some affordable options at a general merchandise store such as Walmart, Tesco, or Costco.
- Brightly colored jeans and trousers have become a trend in recent years, so if you’re willing to purchase new items for your school spirit ensemble, check out the denim department at trendy retailers such as the Gap, Target, and Forever21.
- No flashy track pants or jeans and no time or money to buy them? No worries! If black or blue feature in your school’s emblem, just wear leggings, jeans, or trousers in blue or black. If black doesn’t feature in your colors, a pair of black bottoms will still be a neutral base to highlight your school-spirited sweater or t-shirt.
Spruce up your footwear.Although sneakers and running shoes often come in loud color combinations, you might not have a pair which fits your school palette. In this case, you can find a pair of cheap flip flops in one of your school colors. Superstores such as Target and Costco often have bins of basic flip flops available for rock bottom prices, and you might as well go for a low-quality pair since you won’t be using them for long.
- You can also spruce up a pair of basic black or white sneakers with some colorful socks. Roll your pants up or pull the socks over your pants so the socks are visible, and you’ll be screaming spirit from head to toe.
- If you have socks in both or all three of your school colors, wear them all! Roll them up to different heights so that they create a tiered sleeve of school spirit.
Accessorize in school colors.While it can be difficult to find jewelry in shades aside from classic silver and gold, you can add school spirit to other, non-jewelry elements of your wardrobe. For example, you can wear ribbons or a matching headband in your hair, don a baseball cap in school colors, or wrap a scarf around your neck.
Coordinate your makeup and nail polish.Seemingly small details like nail color and face makeup can make a big difference to the overall impression of your outfit, so mind the small stuff if you want to make a big splash in the school spirit arena! Most drugstores carry affordable, bright eyeshadow palettes and nail polishes—many of which don’t differ drastically from their high-end equivalents—so you don’t have to break the bank in service to school spirit.
- Some schools don’t allow loud makeup or nail colors, so double-check with your institutional dress code before going crazy with cosmetics.
- If you’re not confident in your makeup mastery, consider popping some sparkly star stickers or glitter onto your cheek bones or at the corners of your eyes. Even if silver or gold aren’t in your school’s repertoire, it will jazz up your look and make the other colors pop.
Fundraising for Your School
Choose a cause you care about.There are plenty of methods to boast your school spirit aside from or in addition to color-coordinating. One of the best ways to do so is to raise money for a school group or cause. Not only will your fundraiser add to the litany of events and community groups on your school grounds or campus, but it will also provide concrete assistance to an organization and let your school spirit be felt long after spirit week has ended.
- If you’re a member of a school club or charity group, ask your fellow members if they would like to organize a fundraiser with you. If you’re not affiliated with any groups officially, ask some friends who belong to one if they’d like any help fundraising.
- If you already hold a particular charity or cause dear to your heart, consider organizing a stand-alone fundraiser for this group. Even though the proceeds won’t go directly to your school, organizing members of your institution to contribute to a non-school group can build a sense of institutional pride and character.
Decide what you want to sell.Once you’ve determined the cause for which you’d like to raise funds, think about how you’d like to go about doing so. Bake sales, car washes, craft stores, and clothing and canned food drives are all great ways to get people involved and drum up some cash for a good cause.
- Just because you’re asking for money, doesn’t mean you have to sell stuff! If your enthusiasm for merchandise is low, consider doing something like a fun run or dance marathon where people pledge money for participants to run a certain distance or dance a certain number of hours.
Write a proposal for your school board.If you want to conduct your fundraiser on school grounds, you’ll need to get approval from an official student or governing body first. Using a word processing template or online resource for formatting, gather your ideas and justification for the fundraiser into a brief document which presents your project.
- Any good proposal should not only say what you want to do and why, but also how you plan to do it. List any resources, volunteers, and sites you plan to use for your event, as these details will help persuade a deciding committee that you’re capable of implementing your ideas.
Publicize your event at least a week beforehand.Once you’ve received approval for your fundraiser, you need to get the word out. The key to effective publicity for a charity event is giving yourself enough advance time, delivering reminders consistently, and using as many avenues and mediums as possible.Draw up some colorful flyers and banners to hang around the school halls or campus buildings, ask your school newspaper and daily intercom announcements to notify students and faculty of your fundraiser, and use your personal social media accounts to spread the word.
- Just be sure to clearly tie the fundraiser to school spirit: if people associate one with the other, they’ll be more likely to pitch in once your event rolls around.
Ask friends and family to contribute to your efforts.Whether you’re trying to bake two hundred cupcakes, organize a food drive, or collect cool crafts to sell, chances are that you could use some extra help with your efforts! Recruit your friends and family to help in any way they can: for example, ask a school friend to help run the booth for a half hour, have your sister make a few of her patently awesome friendship bracelets on the house, or ask your parents to donate the baking ingredients and kitchen space for your bake sale.
- If you have some friends who don’t go to your school, have them help in other ways. They can help you prepare your posters, donate a baked good, or pitch in a couple extra bucks as a gesture of good will.
Decorate your locker or dorm room door.Jazzing up your personal space in the school halls with school colors and reminders about your fundraiser will allow you to demonstrate school spirit as well as present some valuable press about your event. Use slogans that remind students that donating to or participating in your fundraiser will also be an act of school spirit.
- For example, make a sign that says something like, “Show your support for McKinley High and its drama club by stopping by the bake sale after school on School Spirit Day!” or “Help McKinley High support the local community by donating some winter coats to the drive!”
Set up a vibrantly decorated booth or stall.On the day of the event, make sure all students and faculty are aware of your event by having a brightly colored center of operations. Even a basic folding table can be made conspicuous and appealing: drape some brightly colored sheets over the table and pin big, glittery signs to it, or set up tripods or easels with signs behind your table and chairs.
- If you have enough volunteers manning the booth, send some people out to spread the word around the school grounds. They can pass out flyers with details about where and when your booth is running, or, as long as class isn’t in session, they can make some loud announcements encouraging milling crowds to visit your shop.
Organizing Fun Activities
Consider activities which would rally and unite people from different circles.Many schools permit and even subsidize free activities for students and staff. These activities get people excited for upcoming events, encourage students to get involved in campus groups, and help students from different backgrounds and ages interact. If you’re interested in revving up school spirit in this way, start out by brainstorming different activities which could get people involved and excited.
- For example, you could organize a face painting booth, have a costume or pumpkin decorating contest, or arrange a series of fun competitions such as three-legged races, hoop-shooting, and juggling.
- If your school doesn’t accept new ideas or activities, consider volunteering for a pre-existing event like the school dance or homecoming parade. You could help distribute flyers, work on creating a float, or help set up equipment.
Gather a group of friends and other students who want to help.You might already have a close-knit band of friends dedicated to helping you pitch and run your activity, or you might need to recruit extra supporters and helpers. Whatever the case, make sure you get interested volunteers to commit to a particular responsibility and a specific number of hours. Draw up a sign-up sheet that lists different roles required for the activity as well as job descriptions for each role, then ask volunteers to sign up under whatever role they’d like to play.
- For example, list two or three slots under ‘Poster Making’ in order to signal that you need two people to take this role, two slots under ‘Supply Gathering,’ and six under ‘Event Volunteers/Facilitators.’ Also denote the amount of time each role requires so that everyone knows what to expect.
Obtain approval from a teacher or school committee.Once you have enough volunteers to help organize and facilitate your activity, ask a school official for approval. You’ll need this so that you don’t get in trouble for running an un-sponsored event, and also to figure out where and when you can carry out the activity. You can also find out whether or not the school can help you with supplies and other arrangements.
- You’re more likely to convince school officials of the validity of your idea if you can show you’ve already done some research and planning. Provide justification for your activity by explaining how your activity in particular would build school spirit, as well as why it’s a manageable task that won’t require too many resources or complex logistics.
Ask for prize donations from local businesses or parents.If you’re organizing a contest of some kind, you can drum up enthusiasm by awarding school-themed prizes to its winners.Request donations from your parents, local businesses, or the school principal in order to purchase some official school merchandise.
- For example, the first prize for the costume contest can be a hoodie with your school’s insignia on it, second prize can be a school scarf, and third could be a keychain or pendant.
Get a teacher or other school official to supervise.Since you’ll be bringing diverse people from the school together and wrangling them into concerted activities, you should recruit at least one or two experienced adults to help out. They can judge your contest, shepherd students into the event or into different groups, or just provide an authoritative eye to keep students in line.
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