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Things to Do and January February Celebrate National Mentoring Month. Develop a campaign to encourage students and adults to serve as mentors during National Mentoring Month in January. Research has shown that a mentoring relationship can play a powerful role in equipping young people with the tools to make responsible decisions, stay engaged in school, and avoid risky behavior. Visit www.nationalmentoringmonth.org for a toolkit with key facts, digital materials for promoting your campaign, infographics, and more. Remember J. R. R. Tolkien. Sponsor a spirit day on January 3 to honor the author of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" series. Have students dress like their favorite characters or host a trivia contest with questions from the books. Create some riddles (hobbits love riddles!) and enter the winners into a drawing to win a prize. Sponsor a chili cook-off. Ward off the chill during the winter months by sponsoring a chili cook-off fundraiser. Charge an entry fee for chef participation as well as a fee to sample the various chilis. Solicit local culinary businesses to sponsor prizes and allow them to set up booths to advertise during the cook-off. Enlist teachers as judges, and ask visitors to vote for their favorite chili. To help draw a crowd, hold the event before a winter sports activity. 34 leadership for student activities Get a hobby. January is a time of new beginnings, so celebrate National Hobby Month with a hobby fair. Invite local hobby or sports shops to set up exhibits in the cafeteria. Subject matter can include model plane building, photography, cycling, rock climbing, painting, scrapbooking, coin collecting, etc. Have students shadow professionals. This Groundhog Day, focus on a different kind of shadow. Give students a new perspective on why their schoolwork is important by having them shadow local professionals on February 2. Ask for volunteers from the community in various fields and pair students with them for a one-day mentorship. Wear orange for love. Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner each year. To raise awareness of this issue, the Loveisrespect National Youth Advisory Board created Respect Week during February's Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Kick off Respect Week on February 10 by encouraging students and staff to raise awareness by wearing something orange. For more information and to download the free Respect Week guide, visit www.loveisrespect.org. Host a career fair. Invite speakers to talk to students about their career options in honor of Who Shall I Be Day on February 17. Add an element of fun by asking students to dress up as professionals in the career field they wish to pursue. Send candy-grams. Send every student in the school a candy-gram with a positive message for Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17. Encourage students to perform their own acts of kindness with peers, family members, and faculty. For kindness ideas, visit www.randomactsofkindness. org/kindness-ideas. Celebrate the Chinese New Year. Ring in the Year of the Goat on February 19 by hiding red envelopes around school with fortunes and coupons to be redeemed in the student store or cafeteria. Coordinate with the cafeteria staff members to serve Chinese food for lunch and adorn the cafeteria with Chinese decorations. Encourage reading. Cut heart shapes from construction paper and provide markers at lunch for students to create reviews about their favorite books during Library Lovers Month in February. Hang up the hearts in the hall near the library so students can see which books their peers recommend. As an incentive, enter the name of each person who submits a completed review into a drawing for a gift certificate to a local bookstore. http://www.nationalmentoringmonth.org http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas http://www.loveisrespect.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Leadership for Student Activities - January 2015, NHS & NJHS Edition

Editor’s Note
Questions & Answers
Take Note
From the Director
Building a Buzz
The Calm Created by Disruption
Giving Students a Voice
Middle Level Activities
Lessons for Leaders
Scholarships & Awards
Activities Exchange
Things to Do

Leadership for Student Activities - January 2015, NHS & NJHS Edition

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