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Entice Alumni to Attend Your Homecoming Week

Posted by Stumps Spirit on June 6, 2012

To college and high school students, homecoming means an important football game and a dance, with a few other activities throughout the week.  To alumni, homecoming means a walk down memory lane with a visit to their old school.  More often than not, alumni either forget about homecoming week (because they’re told too early and not reminded) or they simply don’t want to go.  Change that! This year, don’t just remind your alumni that homecoming week is approaching, make them want to attend at least one (if not each) event during the week.

Mail a Homecoming Week Event Outline

Once you make sure you have current addresses for your alumni, put together a flyer with a schedule of events that you have planned for your homecoming week.  If the events are not 100% set in stone when you put together the schedule, make sure you clearly label the schedule “tentative.”  Then, once your homecoming week is planned, send a finalized schedule of events for your alumni to use—maybe when everything is official and final, your elusive alumni will attend a few events during your homecoming week.

Go Digital with Your Homecoming Week Events

Because everything else is going digital, why don’t you create a digital schedule of events for your homecoming week?  All your students are on Facebook, Twitter, and other social network sites, so why not create an “event” on Facebook?  Invite your students and encourage them to invite any alumni they might know, whether siblings, parents, or older friends.  Create an album with a few wall photos—the school mascot, maybe a photo of the football team and a photo of the cheerleaders.  Update these photos, as well as the overall event page, at least once a week.   You can also post pictures of the decorations as you set them up for the events throughout the week.

Depending on the event you’re decorating for, you’ll want to look for banners, a variety of spirit supplies (such as megaphones, buttons, and pom-poms), homecoming dance background materials, and many other things.  You could hang banners at the entrances to your school to get your students pumped up for homecoming week.  You can also hand out small favors to all your students during your homecoming week—in this case, try candy-related favors.  Your students will thank you.  Other fun favors to hand out to your students during homecoming week are imprinted footballs and basketballs, though these would probably be better handed out at the end of the school day so your students aren’t too distracted.

The culmination of homecoming week is almost always a dance.  Why not invite your alumni?  Then they can feel like they’ve gone back to high school and they’ll be able to watch the crowning of the homecoming court and experience all of it.  There are many ways to entice your alumni to attend at least one event during your homecoming week, you just have to choose which ways you want to use.


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Five Creative Ways to Encourage School Spirit

Posted by Stumps Spirit on September 14, 2011

Whether you’re planning Spirit Week or just want to boost school spirit for a good year, finding creative ways to encourage school spirit will get students more engaged and excited about their school’s activities and sports. Stumps Spirit has a huge variety of school spirit supplies and tips. Here are five creative ways to encourage school spirit:

1.  Dress up your doorways. A welcoming display of school spirit when students arrive at school will set the tone for the rest of the day. Use personalized vinyl banners to display your school name, mascot, and a spirit message. You can also use decorative arches and columns to make a really bold entryway. Set up the arches to decorate for the build-up to Spirit Week or another big event.

Make decorating the doorways a competition. Have representatives of each class draw up proposals for what the entrance should look like, or have open submissions so anyone can enter a design. If you have multiple high-traffic entrances to your building, have each class decorate a doorway or hallway and have a committee of faculty judges pick a winner. Students will enjoy getting creative with flat paper, paint, banners, and other spirit decorating materials and their investment in the decorating is sure to boost school spirit.

2.  Incentives & Awards. Simply offering incentives for students to participate in school spirit events can boost student activity. If you have themed dress-up days during Spirit Week hand out small favors, such as funtoos, beads, mini sportsballs, or other personalized fan gear to students who participate. If you’re on a budget, you can hand them out randomly as students arrive. Just the opportunity to receive a participation prize encourages students to take part. You can also offer the incentives periodically to students who wear school colors on game days, or for pep rallies. Keeping the incentives random can keep students participating!

3. Glow with school spirit! A glow-in-the-dark theme will get students really excited for your next pep rally. Host your pep rally indoors in the school gym. At the doors, handout glowsticks, glow necklaces, or other glow-in-the-dark spirit items. Use glow-in-the-dark paint to make banners to decorate your gym. Once students are seated, dim or turn off the lights. The gym will really glow when each student has a glow stick or necklace! This pep rally makes a fun surprise to get students excited about an upcoming event. Make sure you take safety precautions and have plenty of faculty on-hand with flashlights to prevent accidents.

4. T-Shirt Design / Slogan Contest. Get students involved in displaying their school spirit by holding a contest to design your school spirit shirt for the year. Offer a free t-shirt for the winning student and ten of his or her friends as a prize and take entries for shirt designs for your school year or for a specific sport season. Once the winning design is chosen, have custom t-shirts printed and sell them as a fundraiser.

As an alternative, have a contest for writing a slogan for your school year. Offer a prize, like season tickets, a concession stand gift certificate, or spirit gear to the student whose slogan gets the most votes. You can then use the slogan on your posters and spirit banners and have your cheerleaders incorporate it in a cheer.

5. Start your own tradition. Have students come up with their own new idea to boost spirit. Form a committee to write a new school song. Have a competition to write new cheers for the homecoming game. If your mascot, or mascot costume, is getting dated, have a whole-school vote to pick a new one. Have students invent new theme days for spirit week. Just because you’ve always or never done something, doesn’t mean you can’t change. If students are involved in forming a new tradition at your school, they’ll feel more ownership in their school spirit.


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Floats, Football Games, and Dances—Your Homecoming Checklist

Posted by Stumps Spirit on August 3, 2011

Homecoming is the first major event that many high schools hold. Make sure that your school’s homecoming is one that everyone remembers from the floats to the big game & dance that follows.

Homecoming Checklist:

  • Promote your school’s Homecoming starting several weeks before using event banners that can be personalized with your school colors and the Homecoming date.
  • If your school has a Homecoming parade, you’ll want to organize all of the clubs and teams that will be participating. Sell parade supplies before or after school to the participants. You may want to include a special float for the prom court or one just for the prom king & queen if your parade is after the dance.
  • Choose your Homecoming committee & decide on a theme. Set up shifts for the committee members to spend hanging Homecoming theme decorations, but be sure the vision is clear so everything gets done correctly.
  • Set up your voting system for prom court. Make announcements about a week prior to voting so that everyone that’s running has time to promote themselves.
  • Purchase plenty of Homecoming royalty items so that everyone receives something special on the big night.

When you use this easy list to plan & organize your school’s Homecoming, you’ll have people begging you to work on the prom committee next!

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