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D.J. & Music Selection Tips for the Next Dance

Posted by Stumps Spirit on October 23, 2010

Has your dance committee decided to hire a D.J. for your next dance? Here are a few tips for selecting the professional and the music.

Where to Start Looking for a D.J.
• Phone book (look under Disc Jockey in the yellow pages)
• Entertainment agencies
• Call other schools for references
• Friends or relatives
• D.J.s that you’ve heard in the past
• Search the web

Key Points to Remember About Hiring a D.J.
• Start early
• Call references (people who have used them previously)
• Stop by a performance to hear them live
• Ask about travel charges, rate per hour and rate for overtime
• Ask about breaks: How many breaks and how long? Long breaks can kill the mood.

When telling a DJ what types of music you will want, it’s great to make some selections based on the party theme, but otherwise try to keep all tastes in mind. Poll students and ask them for music lists. Try to have something for all groups. In general, keep to the mainstream music that won’t offend anyone and will keep students on their feet.

Sources for Tracking Down the Best Music for Your Dance
• Billboard Online: View the top 100 singles for this week from Billboard Music Group.
• CDnow: The world’s largest music store.
• VH1: A great source for romantic and retro songs.
• MTV: Find the hottest songs and theme ideas here.
• iTunes: Great for finding up-to-date lists of the most popular music by genre.

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Give the Gift of Funds with a Santa Claus Fundraiser

Posted by Stumps Spirit on December 12, 2007

North Pole Delight KitYou can have the merriest fundraiser of all when you invite Santa Claus to your school! Set up an area for students and parents to bring their kids, pets, or families to get their pictures taken with Santa! Your students will have a lot of fun posing with their friends too! Santa’s not just for little kids.

Transform an area of your auditorium, cafeteria or school gym into the North Pole with a candy cane decorations, which includes a sleigh, candy cane arch and North Pole Sign. Fill the decorations out with snowflake floral sheeting attached to the floor or walls for a snowy effect. Create a walkway to Santa’s chair by lining the path with snowflake gossamer material, holiday candy cane decorations and giant peppermint candy decorations. There’s also evergreen standees or white fir tree standees great for creating the impression you’re in an arctic forest! If the ceiling’s not too high to reach, hang shimmering snowflakes, lighted hanging Moravian stars and a 3D snowflake cascade for a snowy effect! Don’t forget snowflake balloons! They’re the perfect finishing touch to your Santa Claus decorations.

Once you’ve decorated, advertise! Make banners with a banner making kit or order a personalized banner. The crowds will come and the money will roll in. Ask for a free-will donation for each person or group who has their picture taken with Santa and the elves. You can have your cheerleaders dress as the elves. Have the school mascot join in the fun. Students will love having their photo taken with Santa and the mascot!

The best part is that when the fundraiser’s over, your school is already decorated for a school-wide holiday party or dance! Charge a small cover fee for the event and you double your opportunity for generating profits.

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Add Spirit to Exam Week with Winter Activities

Posted by Stumps Spirit on December 7, 2007

Alpine Escape KitAs the end of the semester approaches, tensions will probably be running high for faculty and students alike. Add some relief to the finals week schedule with a week of special events and activities!

Decorate your school for winter or the holiday season depending on when your semester ends. There are tons of ways to do this: snowflake gossamer, snowflake die-cuts, paper chains, garland, twinkle lights and winter or holiday themed decorating kits.

Host a school-wide snowball fight after school one day or turn it into a fundraiser by charging a dollar to throw a snowball at the principal or hold the snowball fight on the football field and charge a dollar for entrance. Be sure to consult an almanac to determine if it is likely to snow. Another great weather-related event is a snowman building competition! Judge categories including most creative, most festive and best shape.

Another day of the week hold an ornament decorating contest. Gather materials such as flat paper, pipe cleaners, glitter, sequins, corrugated paper, gossamer and more and let students create ornaments during lunch or before and after school. The ornaments will be great for decorating the school and you can give away prizes for a bunch of different categories.

On a third day provide hot cocoa and cookies during breaks between exams. Set up a karaoke machine or just a boom box and have Carol Karaoke. It’ll be a great way for students to burn off some stress during the tense exam week.

Next, write holiday or finals related cheers to perk everyone up. Who couldn’t use some cheering up during exam week.

End the week with a casual dance. Dancing is a perfect way to release all that stress! Just a couple of hours Friday afternoon or evening is all you’ll need. Decorate the gym with winter theme decorations and let the students unwind!

Tell us about your winter spirit week or exam week activities and decorations!

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