Activity Ideas for Educators

National School Choice Week provides an exciting opportunity, every year, for teachers and administrators to celebrate what makes their schools great! We invite you to celebrate your school, your students, your parents, your teachers and your staff during National School Choice Week. You can plan any type of activity or project designed to spotlight your school.

Here are some ideas to inspire your own creativity. You can also print a list of ideas by clicking on a button below.

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Write a Letter

Encourage students, teachers, or parents to write letters to your local newspaper, sharing their school choice stories.

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Take photos at recognizable community landmarks, with students and teachers wearing their NSCW wristbands. Share photos online using #schoolchoiceweek

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Conduct Interviews

Conduct interviews with local radio and television shows to promote your school.

Share Online

Share Online

Share what you love about your school with photos, and testimonials on social media, each day during NSCW. Tag us and use #schoolchoiceweek

Open House

Open House

Arrange school tours or an open house for prospective students and their parents.

Class Play

Class Play

Develop a special class, play, or video about your school’s history.

Community Garden Project

Community Garden Project

Plant a community garden during National School Choice Week.

Gratitude Journal

Gratitude Journal

Encourage students to keep a gratitude or thankfulness journal. Detail the ways they are grateful for their parents and for your school.

Share the Reasons

Share the Reasons

Have students share at lunch the reasons why they are grateful to attend your school.

Thank You Cards

Thank You Cards

Give students construction paper or note cards and ask them to write notes to their parents, thanking them for choosing your school.

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NSCW Wristbands

Teachers and administrators can hand out NSCW wristbands to students. Register for a free Activity Packet or purchase additional wristbands.

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Post Making or Essay Writing

Hang homemade posters in the school hallway and have students and teachers pose for photos, then Share online using #schoolchoiceweek. Hold a contest, then have an awards ceremony and publish winning submissions in your local newspaper.

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Student Video

Have students make a video with a cell phone. Make a short video about why they love their school and share it with us or online using #schoolchoiceweek

Decorating Contest

Decorating Contest

Encourage students to decorate their lockers or classroom doors and announce winners during NSCW.

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Theme Day

Have a “Yellow Day,” where students and teachers wear yellow clothing or accessories. Or have a spirit week with a different theme each day.

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Art Show

Arrange a display of art projects created by talented students.

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Special Guest

Invite a local dignitary, such as your mayor or a county leader, to visit your school and talk with students.

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Launch a Contest

Launch a contest to design the school’s yearbook cover or school flag.

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Art Project

Have students decorate t-shirts, or paint a school wall or mural.

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Service Project

Work with your students, children, grandchildren, or neighbors to design and complete a service project that benefits children in your community. Share photos online using #schoolchoiceweek

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Attend a local city council, county commission, or school board meeting.

Speak briefly about what school choice means to you.

Book drive.

Book drive.

Round up old books that you no longer need and donate them to a school library – or donate them to a family in need.

I Love My School Placard

I Love My School Placard

Fill out placards and take photos for use in your newsletter or on social media. Share online and tag us or use #schoolchoiceweek

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Official Dance Tutorial Video

Official Dance Tutorial Video

Learn the steps to the official dance!

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Your free supplies will include wristbands, stickers, placards, a banner, a poster and more!

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Free Online Resources for Schools

Check out our list of a list of free online resources for schools, educators, and administrators

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About National School Choice Week

About National School Choice Week

Held every January, NSCW shines a spotlight on effective education options for children

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Activity Ideas for Schools to Inspire Your Own Creativity

Activity Ideas for Schools to Inspire Your Own Creativity

Celebrate your school, your students, your parents, your teachers and your staff during National School Choice Week

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