Encourage the entire school to incorporate mindfulness activities into classes throughout the week. Examples include:
- Start each day with a school-wide minute of meditation.
- Encourage all teachers to create a space in their classroom where students can take a mindfulness break by coloring, using a stress ball, doing a few stretching poses, following instructions for better breathing, etc.
- Play calming music in each classroom during individual work time. Try this playlist.
- Introduce stretching breaks to each class where teachers lead students in different poses.
Students pledge to not use their cell phone on a day selected by the teacher/school — or to go “phone-free” for a certain number of hours each day during a specified week. The goal is to promote active engagement with family and friends. Check out our PA calendars to share physical activity ideas with your students and staff.
Host a dance-a-thon for students and the school community to promote physical activity through dance as a tool to relieve stress.
Host a family night where students and their families engage in
mindfulness activities such as meditation, Better Breathing, yoga, etc. while playing
Walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, jump-rope-a-thon, bowl-a-thons, skate-a-thons, hulahoop-a-thons
Physical activity is a stress reliever, no matter what the theme is!
Students love these!
Create a “Throw Kindness Like Confetti” Bulletin Board
Put up a bulletin board where most of the school can see it. (By the main entrance is a great place.) Have students share experiences with kindness on the bulletin board. Include the date/time of your celebratory event and any other information you think the school should know. When parents come into the school they will see the board and maybe even contribute a note!
“Kindness is Cool” Poster Contest
Have all students make a “Kindness is Cool” poster. Choose classroom winners in whichever way works best. Then, have parent/community volunteers choose the school’s top 3 posters from all the classroom winners. Or, just hang the “winning” poster from each class in a visible location.
Have students make special kindness/mindfulness and/or empowerment posters to place around the school or gym. These posters will be reminders to students to seek out donations for the school’s health. moves. minds.™ program.
Ask local stores and restaurants for extra prizes.
Use the PTA to your full advantage! Ask them how they think they can help and have a list of ideas ready.
Open House Night
Advertise the health. moves. minds. program at your school’s open house/back to school night at the beginning of the school year. Share information about mental wellness and the dates of your health. moves. minds. events.
PE Wish List
Formulate a wish list for equipment to purchase with funds from Gopher Sport.
Give out random prizes by drawing student names throughout your fundraising week/month and announce the winners on the daily announcements.