March 10, 2010 / Staff Fun

Yearbook staffs need some spring fun

Written by Elizabeth Braden, CJE

Warmer weather is on the way, and you have either submitted your yearbook, are just over halfway done or somewhere in between. Your staff has done a lot of work, and it may be time for them to take a break. Taking even a few minutes to think about something other than yearbook can help everyone feel refreshed and approach work with a renewed sense of purpose.

Consider these quirky ideas based on national observances designated by different groups. Celebrate, rejuvenate and have some fun in the month of March with these ideas as the basis, or come up with your own.

  • For Music in our Schools Month, sing the school song or school fight song at the end of each Friday’s staff meeting. Or, sing another song that you can adapt as your staff song.
  • It’s International Hamburger and Pickle Month, so go out for hamburgers, have them brought in, or if they serve them in the cafeteria, eat lunch as a group.
  • For Craft Month, have the staff make picture frames out of paper scraps, Popsicle sticks, felt or other materials, and frame their favorite photo that is not going into the book. Tape them to the computers.
  • On a warm day, take your staff outside for peanut races to celebrate National Peanut Month. Use unshelled peanuts and have them carry them in spoons or on their forehead to the finish line. See who can build with them. When you are done, eat them, which is why you don’t want to do this in your classroom. Or, hide the peanuts around the room and let your staff search for them.
  • Before the March Madness of NCAA college basketball begins, have everyone on staff pick a team name out of a bowl. Then together, keep track of which person’s team is in the lead.
  • Potato Chip Day is March 14. Let staff bring in bags to share, as long as they clean up the crumbs.
  • St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17. Have someone bring shamrock-shaped sugar cookies with green icing. Serve with green Kool-Aid. Or, buy 8 1/2-by-11-inch green foam sheets and have the class cut out shamrocks to wear as pins or tie through their shoelaces. Or, give an oral quiz, and the students who answer questions correctly get “gold coins” chocolate candy or treat bags of Lucky Charms cereal.
  • Waffle Day and Pecan Day are on March 25. Have a before-school work session with frozen waffles, syrup and pecans. Bring milk.

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Elizabeth Braden, CJE

Elizabeth Braden, CJE, is the former editor of Idea File magazine. Before retiring, she was a copywriter for Walsworth Yearbooks for more than 15 years, writing articles for various marketing materials, and proofreading copy for the Yearbook and Commercial divisions. Her career included reporting and editing for United Press International and editing for Knight-Ridder Financial News. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Media News from the University of Tulsa.