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Lessons for Leaders
LY N FI SCUS
■ Students will create a visual representation of their
organization and develop a plan to promote its brand.
■ Three different colors of construction paper (provide a
half sheet of each color per student)
Glue or glue sticks
A large piece of banner paper
1. Write the phrase "Together we are ... " on the board. Ask
students to consider the strengths of your organization as
a group and then individually write three words on a scrap
of paper to complete the sentence. After giving them time
to consider their answers, ask students to call out words
they have written and record them on the board. Put tallies
next to repeated words. Come up with as many words as
2. Once the list is compiled, have students select a word
from the list to illustrate. Give each student half of a
piece of construction paper to use as a background, and
two additional half sheets of differing colors to use for
decorating the background piece. Instruct students to use
words, drawings, and symbols to create a "quilt" piece
conveying the meaning of the word they selected as it
relates to your organization. (Alternatively, this could
be done as a homework assignment and could include
leadership for student activities
photos of group members engaged in organization
activities, pictures from magazines, etc.)
3. Allow 15-20 minutes to create the quilt pieces. Then ask
students to share their pieces with the class, highlighting
the ways the words they selected relate to your
organization. As students finish their presentations, have
them attach their piece to the banner paper, in rows, to
create a large paper quilt.
Engage students in a discussion using the following
■ Looking at the quilt on the wall, what impression do
■ Does anything stand out?
■ What might a person who doesn't know anything about
our organization think of us by looking at this quilt?
■ What kind of impression does our organization promote
to our school community?
■ In what ways do we show our school and community what
our organization is all about?
■ What is our brand?
■ How can we do a better job of promoting a positive image
of our organization?
Divide students into small groups to brainstorm a public
relations plan to promote your organization.
Lyn Fiscus (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freelance education
writer and the founder of the Teaching Leadership website
(leadershipteacher.webnode.com). She currently serves as vice
president of the Alliance for Student Activities.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Leadership for Student Activities - January 2015, NHS & NJHS Edition
Questions & Answers
From the Director
Building a Buzz
The Calm Created by Disruption
Giving Students a Voice
Middle Level Activities
Lessons for Leaders
Scholarships & Awards
Things to Do
Leadership for Student Activities - January 2015, NHS & NJHS Edition