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An alternative spring break experience
As spring break approaches, many students and teachers alike are looking forward to a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of daily classes, lectures and dreaded mid-terms. For some, spring break will be spent basking in the sunlight on the beach of some tropical destination. But, countless others are faced with a week of absolutely nothing to do.So, what’s a non-destination bound spring-breaker to do? Sit home and twiddle their thumbs? We think not. More and more schools, spanning all grade levels, are offering alternatives to the typical spring break experience. Keep reading for some ideas you can implement at your school.

Movie night
A school-sponsored movie night is a great event for students of all ages. Post a sign-up in common areas and communicate your event to students, parents and teachers via email, and with posters and announcements. Choose a movie that appeals to a wide array of audiences to encourage attendance. Let everyone know refreshments will be provided such as assorted beverages and popcorn—served in school logo-imprinted popcorn bags, of course.

Beach party
Who ever said a beach party had to be at the beach? Host an indoor beach party—right in your school’s gymnasium! Invite attendees to bring their bathing suits and flip flops for a day of cool tunes, sport flyers, beach volleyball and more! Promote your event with fun giveaways such as school logo-imprinted beach towels, can coolers and beach balls. Don’t forget to turn up the heat!

Service projects
Spring break is a great time to implement school service projects. With some advanced planning, service projects can be incorporated into lesson plans prior to the break. Students can learn about social issues and then perform a project during spring break to address a chosen issue. Habitat for Humanity Canada has been facilitating student builds in recent years, and spring break would be the perfect time for young people to take advantage of rewarding projects such as these. Participating in service projects affords students the opportunity to acquire new skills, make new friends, learn about important community issues and gain the sense of accomplishment that comes with giving back. Award participants with logo’d t-shirts and baseball hats to encourage unity and showcase your school to the community.

Career planning

A week off of school poses a great opportunity to do some job shadowing. Guidance counsellors or your school’s career centre may be able to introduce interested parties to someone currently working in their potential dream job. Shadowing can provide great insight into what a chosen career path may entail.Or encourage students to utilize their week off to start their job or internship search. Utilizing spring break for this important task allows students to immerse themselves in the job search without skimping on their classes and homework. Plus, while the competition is on the beach, partying, the dedicated job-seeker is increasing their chance of landing an internship or paid position. Offer job-seeking spring-breakers helpful resume and interview tips tucked in professional looking padfolios or on USB drives.

We hope that one or more of these ideas will give your spring breakers not only something to do, but something to look forward to.

Real Stories: Habitat for Humanity Canada.Habitat for Humanity.  Web. 3 Dec. 2012.

United Way Alternative Spring Break Kicks-Off! | United Way.United Way Alternative Spring Break Kicks-Off! | United Way. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Nov. 2012.

Knight Randolph, Kathryn. “Alternative Ways to Spend Your Spring Break.Fastweb. N.p., 18 Feb. 2011. Web. 27 Nov. 2012.

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