4 Ways Schools Can Promote School Unity
Schools are designed to help students succeed. The ASCD reports that building a strong community within the school can lead to higher academic motivation and it can help avoid common social problems at school. School leadership may be looking for ways to build school unity. Here are four ways you can help create that unity.
Staff and Student Uniforms
You can build unity among staff by providing them with a staff polo shirt that is embroidered with the school logo. You can personalize it by having each teacher's name embroidered under the logo. This is a great option for the teachers to wear on game days. It can also help with public events when you want the staff to be easily recognizable but you still want a professional look for the event. You can do the same thing with uniforms for the sports teams and clubs. This can work for the athletics and dance groups. You can also make available jackets and polo shirts for academic clubs like debate or Key Club. This gives the school a nice uniform look at competitions, which promotes the school in the community. It can also create a sense of belonging throughout the school. You can also have the school logo and student's name embroidered on uniform bags and sports bags for away games and competitions.
Contact a local store such as Elite Sportswear Awards and Promotional Products in Edmonton for more information about customizing clothes for your students and staff.
Spirit week is a great way to build school unity. This is often done in conjunction with homecoming in high school, but you can apply the same concepts to a younger student body. You can have games throughout the week, and have the students dress according to a specific theme each week. It also helps to have the students working toward a common goal with a reward in mind; for example, holding canned food drive with a set goal and an entertaining reward, such as the principal doing something funny or embarrassing.
Volunteer Opportunities for Students
There are a number of ways that students can volunteer and help other students and the school. You can have reading buddies with the older grades going to an assigned younger grade to read each week. This builds relationships across grades. The older students often look out for their reading buddies. You can also have peer volunteers help in the special needs classrooms.
Another option is to have a school garden that the students work at during the week. It can be a flower garden, but you may also want to consider a community vegetable garden. Students can take home the fruits and vegetables that are grown and it can be a good community outreach project for the school.