IDEA EXCHANGE


One of the most powerful aspects of Jostens Renaissance® is the collection of great ideas shared by schools like yours. Ideas are compiled here and sorted by the foundational elements of a successful Renaissance program. Browse the library to find new ideas that suit your Jostens Renaissance needs and login to download a step by step guide to try these ideas at your school!

Forgiveness
The Harbor Exchange

Teach students the power of forgiveness.

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Hope
The Harbor Exchange

Help students develop hope for their futures through goal setting

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Relationships
The Harbor Exchange

Help students create and foster positive relationships

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The Harbor: Awareness
The Harbor Exchange

Help students become more environmentally aware

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The Harbor: Pressure
The Harbor Exchange

Help your students use peer pressure in a positive manner

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Leaving a Legacy
The Harbor Exchange
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The Look of Renaissance: Birthday Walls
The Look of Renaissance

Recognize all students and staffulty on their birthday!

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Commitment To Graduate: Acceptance Letter Shirts
Commitment to Graduate

Encourage postsecondary opportunities with college & military acceptance shirts!

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SPECIAL PROM
Renaissance Climate and Culture
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WHAT IS SUCCESS?
The Harbor Exchange

Using The Harbor to help students define success.

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SCHOOL BOARD SURVIVAL KIT
Renaissance Recognition

Give recognition to members of the School Board.

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TOKENS OF APPRECIATION
Renaissance Recognition

Encourage positive behavior with Tokens of Appreciation.

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SOPHOMORES' KEY TO SUCCESS
Commitment to Graduate

A new tradition for Sophomores...

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POSITIVE PRINCIPAL REFERRAL
Renaissance Recognition

Set a positive tone at your staff meetings by getting things started with a monthly inspirational staff moment.

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C2G SILHOUETTES
Commitment to Graduate

This visual reminder of students’ commitment...

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BREAKING BOARDS
Commitment to Graduate

This activity helps students focus on their goals...

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FLASH JUDGEMENT
The Harbor Exchange

This activity will force students to make flash judgements...

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GETTING STARTED: USING THE HARBOR IN YOUR CLASSROOM
The Harbor Exchange

Finding a relevant voice to teach character development is not always easy...

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RALLY SCRIPT: TO "B" OR NOT TO "B"... THAT IS THE RENAISSANCE QUESTION
Renaissance Rallies

This script can be used as a loose guide or as-is to create a terrific Renaissance Rally!

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RALLY SCRIPT: PEACE LOVE AND RENAISSANCE
Renaissance Rallies

This script can be used as a loose guide or as-is to create a terrific Renaissance Rally!

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RALLY SCRIPT: GAME SHOW THEME
Renaissance Rallies

This script can be used as a loose guide or as-is to create a terrific Renaissance Rally!

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RALLY SCRIPT: EDUCATION STRIKES BACK
Renaissance Rallies

This script can be used as a loose guide or as-is to create a terrific Renaissance Rally!

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THANK YOU DAY
Staffulty

An opportunity to give thanks to all stakeholders in the building and for students and staffulty to give thanks to those who are deserving within the building.

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PAT ON THE BACK
Staffulty

Encourage your students to give teachers a pat on the back...

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MONTHLY INSPIRATIONAL MOMENT
Staffulty

Set a positive tone at your staff meetings by getting things started with a monthly inspirational staff moment.

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CLUB SPONSOR LUNCHEON
Staffulty

An opportunity to give thanks to all stakeholders in the building and for students and staffulty to give thanks to those who are deserving within the building.

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ANNUAL PERFECT ATTENDANCE
Staffulty

For the past five years, Grant Union High School has recognized and rewarded staffulty members with perfect attendance for the entire school year at our Staffulty Rally the day before school starts.

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STUDENTS OF THE MONTH CLUB
Renaissance Recognition

Staff can nominate one student for “student of the month” recognition...

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SIGN ON THE LINE
Renaissance Recognition

The SIGN ON THE LINE ceremony is an academic play off of when high school athletes sign letters of intent to the university they plan on attending and playing for. The Principal reads the pronouncement of the student’s choice and then they sign a “Letter of Intent” with the college representative. The student and their family are photographed and then placed in a “Student Hall of Fame.“

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GOTCHA' DOIN THE RIGHT THING
Renaissance Recognition

An ongoing program that makes it easy to reward students on the spot.

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BUG PROGRAM
Renaissance Recognition

This is an activity that all students can participate in, whether they are 4.0 or .5 GPA students. It is called BUG, which stands for Bring Up your Grades.

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BREAKFAST WITH THE PRINCIPAL
Renaissance Recognition

Recognize your students quarterly with a special breakfast with the principal, vice principals and school leaders.

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PLANNING A RALLY
Renaissance Rallies

Renaissance Rallies are a great way to celebrate all of the positive...

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TEST CARE PACKAGES
Renaissance Climate and Culture

This idea is for Test Care Packages that Renaissance students can sell...

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NAME CALLING TURNED POSITIVE
Renaissance Climate and Culture

Empower students and staff by turning name calling into something positive.

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MONTHLY PERFECT ATTENDANCE - STUDENTS
Renaissance Climate and Culture

A great way to get all students to care about their attendance...

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BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE
Renaissance Climate and Culture

A good example of a creative reward for good behavior: VIP, home-style seating at varsity games.

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ATTENDANCE BUCKS
Renaissance Climate and Culture

Give students Attendance Bucks for good attendance. Allow them to use those bucks to enter a drawing for various prizes. For even more fun, allow teachers to participate in the drawing too!

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COMMITMENT BANNER SIGNING
Commitment to Graduate

A ceremony for students to make a commitment...

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C2G ROCK
Commitment to Graduate

A large visual reminder outside for C2G...

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WALL OF ACCEPTANCE
The Look of Renaissance
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RENAISSANCE IN THE WALKWAY
The Look of Renaissance

It may seem that this idea is all about artwork, yet once you read through the process, it’s easy to see that the success of this project had as much to do with the way the school created suspense as they built up to a grand reveal.

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GIVE ME A HAND WALL
The Look of Renaissance

The idea came from an elementary school that reported that its state...

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CAST OF CHARACTER
The Look of Renaissance

Reinforce acts of character by handing out brightly colored rubber wristbands when they exhibit good behavior. It’s noticeable and generates conversation. Once you begin, it’s not long before all the students are practicing good behavior in hopes of winning a wristband.

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ALUMNI WALL OF GREATNESS
The Look of Renaissance

Displays that capture the essence of Renaissance never stop working and impact everyone who sees them. This idea hits a lot of goals at once—community relationships, inspiration for current students, and a way to create a “Look of Renaissance” for your school.

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RENAISSANCE LEADERSHIP CAMP
Building your Program

In order to "juice" our incoming 8th graders (they are our oldest...

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JEANS WEEK
Building your Program

Raise money, visibility and give your staffulty a perk, too! This activity is easy to customize. Switch out jeans for “casual day,” or switch out the item you’re selling to fit your school’s personality. One school raised close to $500!

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HAUNTED HOUSE
Building your Program

One of the most successful fundraising ideas we’ve seen...

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GETTING STARTED: TIPS AS YOU START RENAISSANCE
Building your Program

When organizing your custom Jostens Renaissance program, it’s not always easy to know where to start. Luckily, you have these tips submitted by educators over the past several years to help guide you.

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GETTING STARTED: RENAISSANCE CARDS PRIZE IDEAS
Building your Program

Once you decide to get a Renaissance Card program underway as a means to recognize your students’ positive behavior, you’ll need to have some good prizes to reward them! Here is a list of ideas we’ve collected over the years.

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GETTING STARTED: RENAISSANCE CARDS
Building your Program

The achievement card program is a great starter program for schools that want to experiment with Renaissance. It offers opportunities for parents and community to get involved, and almost everyone can get behind a program designed to boost academics and character. Students have often described how they never saw themselves as having potential to get a good GPA until they saw other students like them making progress.

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GETTING STARTED: FORMING A RENAISSANCE COMMITTEE
Building your Program

Many hands make light work, but starting a Renaissance committee might sound daunting. No worries, we’ve collected insights from Renaissance coordinators all over the U.S. and Canada. Here, we share their tips and best practices.

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EGG TOSS
Building your Program

Introduce students to a typical Renaissance event at the beginning of the year with this easy event that can be scaled to accommodate the entire school. This can be done as a part of a Renaissance Rally or at any other gathering. One note: It’ll get messy!

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ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?
Building your Program

One elementary school created a fundraiser based on a favorite game.

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