Spice up school assemblies by tapping into local talent—including parents—to teach students
everything from cooking to ballroom dancing.
- Communicate with parents to discover talented individuals who can present interesting information to students. Chef? Former pro athlete? Author? You never know unless you ask.
- Local organic food farms might be happy to loan an expert for a program about healthy eating or growing gardens at home.
- Check with the neighborhood fitness center to see if they can send an aerobics instructor to demonstrate proper stretching techniques and fun exercises.
- Work with a local radio station to have a jump-rope-a-thon to get hearts pumping and raise money for things like a school garden or new composting program.
- Ask a representative from the county recycling center to describe the life cycle of a plastic bottle and discuss how everyone can make a difference.
- Why not make assembly time activity time? Instead of parking kids in chairs, take them outside to learn about the types of trees, plants and animals that surround their school.
- Local government officials can be invited in for a Q&A about environmental issues in the area.
Go from School Assembly to Cool Assembly
- Approach local sports teams to schedule visits from their athletes or mascots to talk about teamwork or good sportsmanship.
- Experts from local colleges are often available to discuss nutrition, good study habits, stress reduction or environmental responsibility.