Try these proven project ideas
By Ana Ribero
After years of coming up
with new and exciting projects for your student group, it’s difficult to
continue thinking of original ideas that’ll keep your peers interested and
involved. Florida Leader wants to help you boost school spirit and
student participation by giving you ideas that successful high school groups
have used in the past. Try these projects with your student group, or use
them as a basis for unique projects. Submitted by the Florida Association of
School Administrators, these projects have been used by Student Councils and
other high school groups throughout Florida.
Starting at a new school is stressful, so the Student Government
Association of Pace High School offered a day of learning and fun
where freshmen find out vital high school information and get a boost of
school spirit before the real school year begins.
The day began with
registration and a breakfast. Future freshmen munched on doughnuts and juice
while getting a chance to meet and socialize with their future classmates
and teachers. After a couple of icebreaker activities, groups of freshmen
took workshops on everything from “How to Survive High School” to “Sports
and Clubs.” After a pizza lunch where students got a taste of real cafeteria
food, participants took part in a Pep Rally.
Overall, Freshmen Day was a
great success. Freshmen got acquainted with the high school and were able to
get involved, meet new friends, and have some fun before the difficult
transition into high school began.
Inspired by old drive-in theatres, Bloomingdale High School SGA
provided a fun evening for students by projecting a movie on a canvas screen
at the stadium and charging students $2 to attend. Students brought blankets
and lawn chairs, and SGA sold drinks, popcorn and candy. In order to prevent
inappropriate items from being brought into the event, students’ blankets
were searched as they entered and they were not allowed to bring coolers
with them. Movie night can be used to provide a safe social activity for
students or to raise funds for an activity or club. Pick a movie that’s
popular and well liked by students and it should be a successful evening.
and athletic programs got cozy and made a tradition and keepsake to boot.
Clubs, sport teams, and other student organizations were able to buy squares
of fabric in the school colors to represent their group on a quilt. The
squares sold for $5 each and were decorated by each group. After SGA’s
School Service and Publicity Committee received all the squares, the members
sewed them together into a single quilt, which was displayed in the school
for everyone to see.
This project not only united
Jupiter High School groups
and provided a larger picture of the school’s many faces but also began a
In order to promote attendance to basketball events, Miami Sunset High
School SGA held a tailgate party in the school’s back patio from 4 to 6
p.m. before each basketball game. Student clubs and organizations signed up
to set up food tents during the party to raise money and awareness of their
particular group. Twenty-two clubs participated in the bash, selling food
and spirit items. SGA provided a disc jockey to play music at the function,
and students were admitted for free. The event was advertised for three
weeks and approximately 300 students attended the event.
Student Council members at
Royal Palm Beach High
that social groups often kept the council from becoming completely unified.
Project Date Night was meant to let council members get to know each other,
helping them to work better as a group and get along together. The 40
council members were divided into eight groups randomly by the faculty
advisor and were given a two-week period to go on their group’s “date.” The
date could range from a casual get-together at a member’s house to dinner
and a movie or any other fun activity that would let the group members
interact. After the first date, different groups were chosen so that each
council member would interact with every one of the other 39 members.
Students got to know each other outside the school environment, building
friendships and promoting more unity in the council. After all the groups
had rotated and dated, there was a final event for all of the 40 council
members at Fort
Wheel of Misfortune
This fundraising event provided a fun way for students
to relieve exam stress while watching their favorite teachers go through
some hilarious feats.
Boynton Beach High School
students built a chance wheel that, after being spun, would land on
“misfortunes” such as getting a pie in the face, and egg on your head, or a
water balloon thrown at you. Teachers who volunteered for this event had
their pictures taken and placed on jars to collect money from students
during lunch periods. The top three teachers who collected the most money
from each lunch were the contestants to spin the wheel. Student and teachers
raised $200 for the children’s charities of the Salvation Army.
The Jupiter High School SGA put together a team to participate in an
annual dog wash with all proceeds benefiting the local non-profit animal
shelter, Safe Harbor. Members of the community brought their dogs to this
all-day event that included booths selling pet accessories, vets who
provided answers to pet owners’ questions, and a full service dog wash,
courtesy of local volunteers. Members of the SGA leadership class were given
pledge sheets to collect donations for the shelter. A total of $150 in
donations was collected.
Senior Parking Lot
Southeast High School
used to express themselves by painting and decorating their lockers, but
when lockers were removed, so was that opportunity for self-expression. To
replace this fun senior privilege, the painting of senior parking spaces was
instated. SGA informed seniors over the morning announcements about painting
their spots one week before the event and provided paint and supplies for
students to use. Seniors loved getting a chance to show their personalities
and leave their mark on the school for a year. Faculty, staff, and other
students enjoyed seeing everyone else’s creativity in this new tradition.
Seniors were supervised to make sure that their parking spot “art” will be
A Day at the Spa
To reach out to the elderly in the community and at the same time get the
student body involved in community service, SGA members at Boca Raton
High School designed a spa program to pamper female senior citizens for
an afternoon. They set a date when trained volunteers from Boca High would
go to a local retirement home and provide participants with facials,
manicures, and refreshments. Flyers in the retirement home advertised the
event. About 30 elderly women participated with students giving 27 facials
and 30 manicures throughout the day. Students got acquainted and made new
friends with the elderly in the community, people who are often ignored.
Students at Bloomingdale High wanted to show their appreciation for teachers
in a unique way. They were tired of the typical apples and things as gifts
for teachers and decided that their faculty would enjoy a chance to
socialize in a formal atmosphere. They held a teachers’ prom, providing a
full dinner, entertainment, and even babysitting. The meal was donated
entirely by grocery stores and restaurants. The students hired a jazz band
to provide entertainment and handed out donated door prizes, including
coupons and gift certificates from local businesses. To keep costs down,
student volunteers decorated the tables in a jazz theme.
In order to increase attendance, SGA decided to hold a
babysitting service during the event, with student volunteers taking care of
children for the entire duration of the prom and providing games and
activities for them.
Give Life a Chance
Coast High School’s
weeklong suicide awareness project met the needs of both parents and
students. The week contained events including a school-wide assembly,
banner signing, parent meeting, homeroom video and discussion, candlelight
vigil, and a Hershey’s chocolate inspirational note and hug.
Guest speakers attended the
assembly and gave information about suicide and suicide prevention to the
students. Students who signed the banner and pledged to get help for
themselves or others if needed were given a yellow ribbon to show their
commitment to suicide awareness and prevention. During a parent meeting to
discuss suicide issues, participants were presented with SGA-made pamphlets
regarding suicide awareness. Homeroom classes watched an awareness video to
encourage a discussion about suicide and suicide issues. Then, a candlelight
vigil was held to honor surviving families of suicide victims, and the week
ended with the entire student body and staff receiving a Hershey’s chocolate
Hug and a note of hope that said, “A hug can’t solve everything, but it’s a
good place to start.”
Teachers sometimes feel unappreciated by the students
that they try so hard to reach. With this in mind, students at
Riverdale High School
designed the “Staff Birthdays” program. When a staff member had a birthday,
students delivered birthday cards and balloons to them and put their name up
on an electric sign in the cafeteria—which can be changed daily—so that the
entire school would remember to wish them a happy birthday. Teachers and
faculty loved the individual recognition and students enjoyed the chance to
recognize and congratulate their favorite teachers. It’s a great way to
build student-teacher relations and create a friendly atmosphere in school.
Looking to provide a safe trick-or-treating environment for local elementary
school children, Miami Sunset High School students held
“Trick-or-Treat on Sunset Street.” Student clubs signed up to decorate a
classroom and pass out candy to trick-or-treaters. Parents loved this
because it eliminated the dangers sometimes associated with Halloween.
Children enjoyed it because they got to meet high school students while
attending an event designed especially for them.
Teachers vs. Students
This activity was started by Southeast High’s SGA members to boost school
spirit and participation in school activities, as well as to begin a new
tradition. Two teams were formed—one of students and one of teachers—from
sign-up sheets available during lunch hours. The teams held practices after
school and then had their face-off at a night game, which raised money
through ticket sales.
They found it was very
important to advertise this event for weeks before it actually took place,
which ensured enough participation to make it worthwhile and successful.
Students who stay after school for activities often don’t have the time to
grab something healthy to eat before they go to practices or meetings. So,
School’s SGA wanted to provide a place for students
who stayed after school to buy snacks. At the beginning of the school year,
each organization applied to man the school’s “Snack Shack” for a month.
Each group was responsible to stock the facility during their month and
reaped the profits of that month’s sales. The groups had to follow
guidelines set by SG on what foods to sell and what prices to charge. The
concession stand opened from
2:15 to 2:45 p.m. every day
Senior Citizen Prom
The Fort Meade High School SGA felt that senior citizens were
sometimes neglected within their community and thought that an activity
should be held to honor them and entertain them. They planned a senior
citizen dance that they put together themselves and advertised throughout
the community with newspapers ads, flyers, and word-of-mouth. Refreshments,
entertainment, and seats made this event a huge success.
Senior Hand Wall
School hallway decorations can boost school spirit and enhance student
morale. Pace High’s SGA ordered a large canvas and paint and let seniors put
their handprints on the giant banner for $2 each during Homecoming Week. The
banner was decorated with school colors and was hung up in the gym hallway
where it will remain until the next senior class removes it and replaces it
with their own.
Students Reach Special
The main goal of this event was for special education students to interact
with other students at Southeast High. Students set a goal to do at least
one activity a month with special education students. The students would
visit the special education class and do projects with them, including arts,
crafts, and even field trips.
High School Idol
To boost school spirit and entertain students and faculty,
SGA imitated the popular show American Idol and invited students to
showcase their talents to an audience of their fellow students, friends, and
families. While expert judges offered comments and constructive criticism
about the performers, the audience enjoyed the talents of their peers.
American Idol semi-finalist Alexandra Bachelier participated in the
event, singing songs and boosting student interest and participation.
Spartan Idol raised
$800 and was a “must-see event” for Pace students.
Contact FASA’s Executive
Director of Student Activities Services Carrie Coons at
Fun and Fast Ideas
Print “trick-or-treat gram” cards and create goodie bags to sell. People
purchase the bags, and they’re delivered during class time.
Kiss a Senior Goodbye.
A cute way to give seniors a little love and to raise a few extra bucks
is to sell Hershey Kisses for 5 cents each or a small bag for $1.
Students can send these kisses to their favorite seniors and SGA can
deliver them during class time.
Pictures With Santa.
Hire a part-time Santa Claus or purchase a Santa costume and ask people
to take shifts volunteering to take Polaroid pictures with students for
a small fee.
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