School Spirit Ideas

school spirit ideas

School spirit is an important part of a student’s school experience.  Spirit days help to break up the monotony of everyday school life and it’s a chance for students to come together to show their pride in their school.  Here are some school spirit ideas that will encourage involvement and create a sense of community.

Dress Up Days

school spirit ideasDress up days are a fun way to get creative!  Designate a different theme for each day of your spirit week.  You could have days like crazy hair day, western day, pajama day, Hawaiian day, twin day, etc.  You could award small prizes to the best outfit each day to encourage participation.


Ask students to create posters to display in the school hallways and gym.  This school spirit idea is another one that could have a prize awarded to the favorite poster designer.

Pep Rally

While pep rallies typically are held to support a basketball or football team, there is no reason you can’t look for more excuses to have one!  You could have a holiday-themed pep rally or have one to celebrate the beginning or end of the school year.  Get your cheerleaders, marching band, and/or dance team involved to get people on their feet and cheering!  Make sure that students have time to plan and encourage them to wear your school colors or paint their faces.  Consider incorporating games and competitions to increase student and faculty involvement.

Start a Tradition

Traditions are a great way to get people engaged.  Here are a few examples of school traditions that are sure to be a hit!

  • Ice cream social
  • Carnival night
  • Spaghetti feed
  • Student of the month
  • Food drive
  • Movie night

School Dance

school spirit ideasYour school dance doesn’t have to be a huge formal affair.  Having some fun, casual dances periodically might be less intimidating to some students.  Choose a theme and get students involved in the preparation.  You can have them make posters to advertise the dance and help make decorations for the big night.  Make sure you recruit an adequate number of chaperones to have on hand during the dance.

Teachers vs Students

This can be a really fun way to get students interacting with staff in an enjoyable environment.  You could have a flag football, basketball, or softball game.  You could also go for an obstacle course.  Finish up the game with a pizza party!

Lunchtime Funtime

Plan out some fun lunchtime activities during spirit week.  You can also consider charging a small amount to play each game.  Here are some lunchtime activity ideas.

  • Karaoke
  • Scooter or tricycle races
  • Trivia
  • If you are also having a dress-up day use lunchtime as a fashion show to choose winners
  • Guess how many pennies/candies are in the jar

Talent Show

school spirit ideasTalent shows are an excellent way to allow students to display their special gifts.   You will need to decide if you’d like this to be a free event or charge for entrance tickets.  You will also need to choose if you’d like there to be winners chosen at the end.  If you do want to have winners, then you will need to assign judges and pick what criteria you want for them to choose from.  For more helpful tips on setting up your talent show check out this WikiHow post.

Community Service

What better way to bring students together than by helping the community?  Volunteering is also a great way to boost self-esteem. There are endless opportunities!  Here are some community service ideas.

  • Have a type of “drive” where you will ask for a specific type of donation
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter.  Some require special training prior to volunteering
  • Organize a cleanup crew and select a nearby park or playground to tidy up
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen or local Meals on Wheels usually need some help with dishes etc.
  • Visit nursing homes

School Spirit Wear

school spirit ideasSchool spirit wear is a great way to show school spirit!  This can be done in conjunction with any of the school spirit ideas listed above.  Creating a unified look with high school apparel can be a great way to boost school spirit!  Your school will also earn money back from every sale made in your free online school spirit wear store.

Check out this post for more tips on High School Apparel for School Spirit.