Activity Ideas for Schools

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.

Note: We request that school participants plan activities and projects to celebrate National School Choice Week 2021 in their own schools, not large, in-person community events. Together, we can all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Read more.

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

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  • Teachers and administrators can hand out NSCW wristbands to students.

  • Hang homemade posters in the school hallway and have students and teachers pose for photos.

  • Have students fill out the “I Love My School” placards and post photos of them holding these placards to social media using #schoolchoice.

  • Have students make a quick video about why they love their school, and share it with us.

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

  • Have a “Yellow Day,” where students and teachers wear yellow clothing or accessories.

  • Have a student dress-down day where students could dress outside of their normal uniforms.

  • Download our free, printable learning activities, including word searches, mazes, quizzes and more for your students to celebrate NSCW.

  • Students and teachers can learn and perform the National School Choice Week dance and video tape & share it using #schoolchoice

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

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

  • Have students bring in and decorate t-shirts, or paint a school wall or mural.

  • Send “thank you” letters home with students for their parents and guardians.

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

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

  • Plant a community garden during National School Choice Week.

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

  • Arrange socially-distanced school tours for prospective students and their parents.

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

  • Post information, photos, and testimonials about your school on social media, each day during National School Choice Week. Use #schoolchoice

  • Hold a student poster and essay contest, and publish winning submissions in your local newspaper.

  • Take photos at recognizable community landmarks, with students and teachers wearing their NSCW wristbands.

  • Have students design and complete a community service project, and pose for pictures in their yellow scarves.

  • Students, parents, and teachers can attend a local city council, school board, or county commission meeting, and speak briefly about what school choice means to them.

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

  • Interactive Resources

    Show your support & spread the word with these interactive and digital resources.

  • Send us Your Photos & Videos!

    Upload or email photos or videos from your event, activity or celebration that you’d like to share.

  • School Choice Week Dance!

    The Official National School Choice Week 2020 Dance

Check out all the amazing ways schools around the country have celebrated NSCW!

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