School spirit really is the secret sauce that makes a school feel special. It’s all about that buzz in the hallways, the pride in the mascot, and the unity in the cheering crowd. More than just creating good vibes, school spirit brings together students, staff, and even families, making everyone feel like they’re part of a strong and connected community. This feeling of belonging also leads to increased student achievement, involvement, and confidence. But how do you elevate these connections to new heights? We’ve curated a list of some fun and simple strategies that can easily increase school spirit and transform your school into a vibrant community.
Here are 10 fun ways to increase school spirit:
1. Implement Spirit Fridays at School
Have students and teachers dress up in school colors, or anything that reflects your school (mascot, school T-shirts, etc.). Host face-painting stations and sell school merch at lunchtime. You could even have face-painting competitions where the students with the coolest design wins.
2. Host Themed Spirit Weeks
These are fun to pull out during exciting times at school, such as before winter or spring break or after the exam season. You can theme each day of the week, such as pajama day, twin day, wacky hair day or 60’s day. During lunch, you can throw cool contests (like best dressed) and activities for students.
3. Run Door Decorating Contests
This could be used as a monthly contest for classes. Each month can have a different theme (Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, etc.). Have some cool school prizes for the winning class! Try incorporating points with M-Stats.
4. Host School Movie Nights
Invite students and families to the school and project a movie on the side of the school. Make sure everyone brings chairs and blankets for sitting and hand out some snacks.
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5. T-Shirt Decorating Contest
Have creative students make designs for school clothing! Then hold a contest where the student body can vote on their favorite. The winning design can be the design for the school clothing that year. The design will be what the students want — and you get to showcase how artistic your students are!
6. Increase School Spirit with Fun Swag
Get stickers, temporary tattoos, car flags, posters, bumper stickers, and more so that your students can show their school pride in whichever ways they want.
7. Organize a Talent Show
This is a great event to show off your students’ different talents, and for the more shy students to come support and watch. Bonus points for talent that involves the school (for example: performing a school song).
8. Celebrate Your School’s Birthday
Increase school spirit by throwing a school birthday party complete with cake, party decorations, and games. This allows the school community to come together for a special celebration!
9. Teach Students the History behind Your School
Teach your school history through fun stories and have successful alumni come talk to the students. Students who know about their school’s history feel a stronger connection to the school and increases school pride.
10. Community Days are proven to increase school spirit
Get the school together to help the local community — host a sidewalk cleanup, plant trees, or raise money for a good cause. Unifying the school for a common goal of helping others is a great way to build strong ties. Multiply your school’s sense of community with Minga’s Community and Communication Module.