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Things to Do and February March Hold a Penny Delay Day. Raise money for the American Heart Association in honor of American Heart Month in February by sponsoring a penny delay day. Ask students to bring pennies to their first period class on a designated day with the promise that their teacher will not start class until the coins are counted and recorded. More coins mean more free time-and a greater donation. Be sure to have this project approved by your administration and give teachers plenty of notice. Give Sweet Recognition. Let teachers know they are appreciated with a special treat on Valentine's Day. Deliver a box of candy hearts with a note reading, "Thank you for putting your heart into teaching." Host Cupid's Raffle. For a quick fundraiser, solicit donations from a local restaurant and movie theater for two people to enjoy an evening out for Valentine's Day. Sell raffle tickets for one lucky person to win the package. Celebrate Presidents Day. In honor of Presidents Day on February 16, create locker signs thanking the presidents of all your clubs and other student organizations for the services they perform and hang them on their lockers for public recognition. 30 leadership for student activities Mardi Gras Mambo. Crank up school spirit by incorporating the excitement of Mardi Gras, February 17, in a mini-parade around the school using red wagons for the floats. Decorate with Fat Tuesday's signature shades of purple, gold, and green, and enlist band members to walk in the parade while playing jazz or Zydeco-a French Creole music genre originating from southwest Louisiana. Work with world studies or language teachers to link the event to their curriculum and engage their students in the activities. Cultivate Respect. Every year since 1934, the third week in February has been proclaimed brotherhood/sisterhood week, an event sponsored by the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). Plan activities for the week that focus on finding commonalities and promoting understanding between students of different backgrounds and faiths. Check out the NCCJ's anti-bullying, prejudice reduction program, Bridges, and other programs at www.nccj.org/nccj-programsoverview-all. Spread the Joy of Reading. Elementary schools often organize activities for National Read Across America Day on March 2, also known as Dr. Seuss Day. This year, organize some activities at your school to promote the idea of reading for fun. Activities could involve sponsoring a paperback book swap or inviting local authors to host readings from their favorite books. Hoop It Up. Celebrate March Madness with a student/faculty basketball game. If you have more than one school in your district, hold a competition between faculty and student teams from each school. Slice of Pi. Work with your math department to celebrate National Pi Day on March 14 with some lunchtime math games. Offer a prize to the student who can remember the most digits of pi and serve a free piece of pie to any student who participates. Recognize Achievement. Choose a designated day, such as March 15, to recognize student accomplishments. Send a note to students who achieve good grades, improve test scores, or reach a goal. Green Carnation Sales. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by selling green carnations that can be delivered to students with a message from the sender. Prom Dress Swap. To help families save money during spring prom season, invite girls from your school and neighboring schools to participate in a used prom dress swap on a Saturday in March. You could also organize a prom dress consignment sale and donate the proceeds to charity. http://www.nccj.org/

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

Editor’s Note
Questions & Answers
Take Note
From the Director
Pep, Step-by-Step
Maintaining School Spirit in a Digital Age
Building Teams, Building Friendships
Middle Level Activities
Lessons for Leaders
Activities Exchange
Things to Do

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