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!

School Entrance Signs
The Look of Renaissance

Increase school pride with entrance signs on your campus School type: K-12 Activity goal: Increase school pride Submitted by: Tara Campbell

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Acceptance Letter Wall
Commitment to Graduate

Display and promote the future plans of your senior class. School type: 9-12 Activity goal: Encourage students to pursure post-secondary opportunities Submitted by: Tara Campbell

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Color Run Fundraiser
Building your Program

Raise funds for your renaissance program and create community involvement simultaneously. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Raise funds and build community involvement Submitted by: Tara Campbell

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Write Your Story With Renaissance Script
Renaissance Rallies

Entertain, excite, and involve your student body with renaissance School type: K-12 Activity goal: Recognize and reward students during a renaissance rally Submitted by: Andrea Henry

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The Harbor: Kindness
The Harbor Ideas

Promote kindness on a school-wide level School type: K-12 Activity goal: Spread kindness throughout your school building Submitted by: Joanna Schley

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The Harbor: Generosity
The Harbor Ideas

Help students learn how easy it is to be generous. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Teach students simple ways that they can be generous Submitted by: Joanna Schley

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The Harbor-Growing Into Your Greatness
The Harbor Ideas

Help students learn how to grow into their greatness. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Help students learn how to attain greatness Submitted by: Joanna Schley

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Staffulty Kayaking Trip
Staffulty

Build teamwork and camaraderie with your staffulty. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Build teamwork and unity with your staffulty in a setting outside your school building. Submitted […]

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Rainy Day Message
Renaissance Climate and Culture

Add some energy and fun to a rainy day. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Set a positive tone on a rainy day Submitted by: Steve Bollar

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Overcoming the Odds
The Harbor Ideas

Help students learn about people that have overcome the odds to achieve success. School type: 6-12 Activity goal: Inspire students to never give up Submitted by: Samantha Grimes

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Service
The Harbor Ideas

Help students learn about service opportunities within your school. School type: 6-12 Activity goal: Expose students to service opportunities in your school Submitted by: Samantha Grimes

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Kindness
The Harbor Ideas

Help your students learn how to be more kind to one another. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Create more acts of kindness Submitted by: Samantha Grimes

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Resilience
The Harbor Ideas

Help your students overcome challenges and obstacles they face. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Aid students in overcoming challenges Submitted by: Samantha Grimes

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The Harbor: Finishing Strong
The Harbor Ideas

Encourage your students to finish the semester and/or school year in a strong way. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Help students get “over the hump” at the […]

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The Most Inspirational Students
Renaissance Recognition

Recognize students that overcome adversity to excel in academics and citizenship School type: K-12 Activity goal: Recognize students that have overcome adversity to excel in your school […]

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Hump Day Draw Down
Staffulty

Recognize ALL of your staffulty members throughout the school year! School type: K-12 Activity goal: Recognize all staffulty members with a prize at some point during the […]

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Movie Night
Renaissance Climate and Culture

Help your students celebrate the end of the semester or school year with a movie night School type: 9-12 Activity goal: Host a fun, safe event for students […]

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Forgiveness
The Harbor Ideas

Teach students the power of forgiveness. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Teach students how to forgive people for their wrongdoings. Submitted by: Samantha Grimes

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Hope
The Harbor Ideas

Create a sense of hope in your students for a better future. School type: 6-12 Activity goal: Help your students set realistic and attainable goals for their futures […]

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Relationships
The Harbor Ideas

Teach students how to manage healthy and unhealthy relationships. School type: 6-12 Activity goal: Aid students in developing and nurturing more healthy relationships in their lives Submitted by: Samantha […]

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The Harbor: Awareness
The Harbor Ideas

Encourage students to become more environmentally aware. School type: 6-12 Activity goal: Teach students how to be more aware of the environment around them Submitted by: Samantha Grimes

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The Harbor: Pressure
The Harbor Ideas

Teach your kids how to use “pressure” in a positive way. School type: 6-12 Activity goal: Teach students how to use pressure in a positive manner. Submitted by: Samantha […]

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Dot Exercise
Renaissance Climate and Culture

An activity to help your staff and faculty ensure all students feel connected. School type: MS, HS Activity goal: Identify your “invisible” students so you can ensure all […]

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Leaving a Legacy
The Harbor Ideas

Invoke students to think about the legacy they will create for themselves. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Creating a positive legacy Submitted by: Samantha Grimes

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The Look of Renaissance: Birthday Walls
The Look of Renaissance

A great way to recognize students and staffulty during their birthday month. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Provide recogntion for all students and staffulty members. Submitted by: Tara […]

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Commitment To Graduate: Acceptance Letter Shirts
Commitment to Graduate

A great way to encourage and promote postsecondary opportunities. School type: High School Activity goal: Promote learning institutions beyond high school. Submitted by: Tara Campbell, Portland High School, Portland, […]

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SPECIAL PROM
Renaissance Climate and Culture

A great way to honor and recognize a very special group of students in your building. School type: High School Activity goal: Inclusion of All Students Submitted by: Tara […]

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Staffulty Retirees
Staffulty

A special way to honor and recognize the retiring members of  your staffulty. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Schoolwide recognition for your retiring staffulty members for their […]

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WHAT IS SUCCESS?
The Harbor Ideas

Set a positive tone at your staff meetings by getting things started with a monthly inspirational staff moment. School type: HS Activity goal: A way to help your […]

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SCHOOL BOARD SURVIVAL KIT
Renaissance Recognition

Just as you would give recognition to your students and staffulty, give it to members of the School Board. School type: K-12 Activity goal: To recognize School […]

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TOKENS OF APPRECIATION
Renaissance Recognition

Catch your students doing the things you want them to do. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Encourage positive behavior Submitted by: Carol Trott, Oxford Intermediate School Buy tokens […]

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SOPHOMORES' KEY TO SUCCESS
Commitment to Graduate

Set a positive tone at your staff meetings by getting things started with a monthly inspirational staff moment. School type: HS Activity goal: Remind Sophomores that their Commitment to […]

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POSITIVE PRINCIPAL REFERRAL
Renaissance Recognition

Give students positive one-on-one time with administrators and reward them for good behavior. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Recognize positive behavior by surprising your students with […]

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C2G SILHOUETTES
Commitment to Graduate

This visual reminder of students’ commitment to graduate will also help display the “look of Renaissance” School type: K-12 Activity goal: To create a visual reminder of […]

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BREAKING BOARDS
Commitment to Graduate

There are different Commitment to Graduate activities for each high school year. This activity is generally done with 10th graders and helps them focus on their […]

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FLASH JUDGEMENT
The Harbor Ideas

The first episode of The Harbor discusses judgement, and the dangers of it. This activity will allow students to make flash judgements themselves and see how […]

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

Finding a relevant voice to teach character development is not always easy. The Harbor by Jostens builds character in the classroom and positive culture on campus. […]

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

Submitted by: Jostens Renaissance Education Renaissance Rallies are a great way to celebrate all of the positive behaviors you look for in your students. Celebrate great grades, improving […]

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RALLY SCRIPT: PEACE LOVE AND RENAISSANCE
Renaissance Rallies

Submitted by: Jostens Renaissance Education Renaissance Rallies are a great way to celebrate all of the positive behaviors you look for in your students. Celebrate great grades, improving […]

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RALLY SCRIPT: GAME SHOW THEME
Renaissance Rallies

Submitted by: Jostens Renaissance Education Renaissance Rallies are a great way to celebrate all of the positive behaviors you look for in your students. Celebrate great grades, improving […]

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RALLY SCRIPT: EDUCATION STRIKES BACK
Renaissance Rallies

Submitted by: Jostens Renaissance Education Renaissance Rallies are a great way to celebrate all of the positive behaviors you look for in your students. Celebrate great grades, improving […]

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THANK YOU DAY
Staffulty

An opportunity for students to give thanks to all stakeholders in the building. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Give thanks, practice writing Submitted by: Steve Bollar DOWNLOAD THE FULL OVERVIEW […]

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PAT ON THE BACK
Staffulty

Encourage your students to give teachers a pat on the back during American Education Week in November by nominating their favorite staffulty members. School type: K-12 […]

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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. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Set positive tone […]

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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 […]

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STUDENTS OF THE MONTH CLUB
Renaissance Recognition

In many schools, staff can nominate one student for “student of the month” recognition. This idea is to expand the criteria so that staff can nominate as […]

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SIGN ON THE LINE
Renaissance Recognition

READ AN ARTICLE FROM MONROVIA HIGH SCHOOL ABOUT “SIGN ON THE LINE” The SIGN ON THE LINE ceremony is an academic play off of when high […]

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GOTCHA' DOIN THE RIGHT THING
Renaissance Recognition

An ongoing program that makes it easy to reward students on the spot. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Encourage positive behavior Submitted by: Mary Allen, Yakima, WA

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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 […]

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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. School type: Middle School, High School Activity goal: Encourage positive behavior Submitted […]

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PLANNING A RALLY
Renaissance Rallies

Renaissance Rallies are a great way to celebrate all of the positive behaviors you look for in your students. Celebrate great grades, improving grades, athletic achievement, […]

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TEST CARE PACKAGES
Renaissance Climate and Culture

This idea is for Test Care Packages that Renaissance students can sell during lunch to any student that wants to give a little motivation to a […]

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NAME CALLING TURNED POSITIVE
Renaissance Climate and Culture

Empower students and staff by turning name calling into something positive. School type: Elementary School Activity goal: Encourage positive behavior Submitted by: Tina Dietrich, Fountain Woods Elementary, NJ

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MONTHLY PERFECT ATTENDANCE - STUDENTS
Renaissance Climate and Culture

A great way to get all students to care about their attendance. Because it matters! School type: Middle School, High School Activity goal: Improve attendance Submitted by: Alison Kramer, Bellefonte […]

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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. School type: High School Activity goal: Encourage positive behavior Submitted by: […]

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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 […]

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COMMITMENT BANNER SIGNING
Commitment to Graduate

A special ceremony for students to make a commitment to scholarship and high school graduation. School type: High School Activity goal: Commitment to scholarship and graduating from high […]

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C2G ROCK
Commitment to Graduate

A large landscape boulder created as the C2G Rock – a visual. This idea is great to do during the summer or at a break for […]

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WALL OF ACCEPTANCE
The Look of Renaissance

“When people come into our lobby and see it for the first time, they are drawn toward it. If they do not have children in our […]

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RENAISSANCE IN THE WALKWAY
The Look of Renaissance

Create suspense and anticipation by spacing out each part of this project without giving away its goal until complete. This project is a little more expensive […]

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GIVE ME A HAND WALL
The Look of Renaissance

Encourage kindness and compassion with a “Give Me a Hand” wall. School type: Elementary School Activity goal: Encourage kindness and compassion Submitted by: John McCullar, AL […]

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CAST OF CHARACTER
The Look of Renaissance

Reinforce good behavior while creating visual reminders for other students by giving bracelets for good behavior. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Reinforce acts of good character […]

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ALUMNI WALL OF GREATNESS
The Look of Renaissance

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

Invite your incoming 8th graders (or highest level grade) to a special workshop designed to help them be good leaders as they begin their final year […]

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JEANS WEEK
Building your Program

Raise money, visibility and give your staffulty a perk, too! One school raised close to $500! School type: K-12 Activity goal: Create visibility for the Renaissance […]

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HAUNTED HOUSE
Building your Program

One of the most successful fundraising ideas we’ve seen. Some schools have made between $3,000-$6,000 over Halloween. School type: High School Activity goal: Fundraising Submitted by: […]

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GETTING STARTED: TIPS AS YOU START RENAISSANCE
Building your Program

It’s not always easy to know where to start, but educators have been using Renaissance ideals for decades. The following are some great tips to keep […]

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GETTING STARTED: RENAISSANCE CARDS PRIZE IDEAS
Building your Program

As you get your Renaissance Card program started, you will need to have some great prizes to reward the students who are doing the right thing […]

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GETTING STARTED: RENAISSANCE CARDS
Building your Program

As you develop your Renaissance program, you will want to engage more staffulty, as well as community members. Here is a program that tends to be […]

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GETTING STARTED: FORMING A RENAISSANCE COMMITTEE
Building your Program

A good early step in starting Renaissance at your school is to form a Renaissance Committee. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Create a committee for Renaissance […]

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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. […]

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

Challenge a few “celebrity” contestants to a round of “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader” for little or no cost while charging admission at the […]

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