The best athletes in school get trophies. The best artists get their creations put on display. The best musicians get ribbons and recognition in the school paper.
But what do the best academic students get? Typically, they get a pat on the back and a “good job.” Part of this is the idea that “they should be getting good grades, that’s their job.” But, some educators are trying to come up with ways to make sure to reward and recognize the academic achievers.
Here are seven inexpensive, and easy to make options for recognizing student academic success.
Pizza Party – What kid doesn’t love pizza? That’s right, virtually everyone loves the stuff. Contact your local pizza joint and ask for a bulk order discount. Most schools have a budget for miscellaneous expenses, or their Parent Teacher organizations can help come up with funds. This is a fun way to give back to those kids that are doing their best every day in school.
Gift Card to Fast Food Restaurant – Many restaurants have coupons and cards that they set aside to give to the local school district. Sometimes all you have to do is ask. They might give a discount on a burger or a drink. Some even let them continue to use the card throughout the quarter.
Early Release/Extra Time at Lunch – This one costs literally nothing, but you can allow students that have made honor roll extra free time at lunch to hang out with friends, or allow them to go to lunch early and avoid lunch lines.
Field Trips – Have your school organize a field trip to a local museum or educational spot for those students that are on the honor roll or dean’s list.
Rubber Bracelets – These bracelets are still popular and now there are different sizes with all sorts of sayings on them. Have them printed with a motivational saying and hand out to honor roll students.
Neck Lanyards – Similar to the bracelets idea, you can have your academic students receive special color neck lanyard to identify them as high achievers. Some companies can even customize them with a saying or logo.
Lunch with the Principal – I know what you’re thinking. “What kid wants to eat lunch with the principal?” You would be surprised how many students actually enjoy getting to have lunch or free time with principles or teachers. This one fosters better relationships amongst students and staff.
If your school is struggling with ways to recognize some of your highest achieving students, try using some or all of these tips. None of these ideas are overly expensive, but each is a great way to create an impact on students and a wonderful way to recognize their achievements. What are some ways your school rewards students? Let us know in the comments!
Tony likes offering tips and ideas about how to motivate your child to excel in academics.