2013-03-15 / Columnists

IDEAS WANTED Rockaway

900 Ideas From One School!
By Rick Horan

Getting over 900 ideas at one time for this idea guy is a bit….overwhelming! How did this happen and where did these ideas come from anyway?

Well, it started last fall when Kevin Boyle and I asked Barbara King, who was the moderator of the Robot Club at P.S. 207 in Howard Beach (along with a million other jobs) to consider starting an Idea Club. Encouraged by Principal Linda Spadaro, Barbara found a small group of enthusiastic 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and began planning an Idea Day that the whole school could get involved in.

The first date for this event was to be in December but was washed out by Sandy when the entire school was shut down for a couple of months. Once the kids were back, they promptly rescheduled Idea Day and the rest is as they say, is history.

The first known “Idea Day” in the United States was held on January 24th, 2013 and more than 900 ideas were submitted! Ideas were graded based on Creativity, Benefit to School, Community or World and Ease of Implementation.

The winner was “Around the World” Day (submitted by Grace Sinclair – Class 603).

Here are just some of ideas in the first four of eleven categories The rest will be presented for your enjoyment in future IW columns….  

1. Uniform Category

No uniforms at all, No Uniform Friday, “Jersey Day” – wear your favorite team jersey, Teachers to wear school T-Shirts, More “Dress for a Cause”, International Dressdown Day, Halloween costumes optional for Halloween, Wear sandals in the spring, Wear your teacher’s favorite color on their birthday.

2. Sports/Clubs Category

Girls Basketball Team, Girls Softball Team, Swim Team, Cheerleading Team or Club, Basketball Game for Charity, Student/ Teacher Volleyball Game, Girl vs. Boy Baseball Game, Baseball Team, Wiffle Ball Team, Travelling Swim Team, Theatre Club, Jewelry-making classes, Yoga, Let’s start an “Earth Club” in every school, “Hurricane Sandy” Help Club in our school, After-school Social Club, Clubs for every grade, Arcade games in school, Recycling Club, Dance Competition.

3. Lunchroom/Food Category

Longer Lunch Period, Coffee Maker, Candy machine in the lunchroom, Cold days sit in cafeteria and have hot chocolate and cookies, Students should be able to bring treats to celebrate birthdays, Free snack Day/free lunch Day, McDonald’s Day, Vegetarian Day, Healthier food in cafeteria, Mozzarella Stick Mondays, Vending machine in the cafeteria, Real forks and spoons in cafeteria, Lemonade stand to raise money, Hot chocolate in winter, Chocolate and Caramel Day, Chocolate fountain in cafeteria, No allergy table, More time to play/eat outdoors, Vegetarian Day, Ice Pops in the warm weather, Taco Tuesdays, Snowcone machine, Free snack Fridays, Fruit Day, Cupcake Day, Bake sales during lunch to raise money for Hurricane Sandy, Send cookies, brownies, hot chocolate, coffee for teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary, Every Friday Gino’s Pizza Day, Recycle water bottles, “Karaoke” Day in cafeteria.

4. Homework Category

No Homework, No homework Wednesdays, Less homework, No homework over weekend.

Everyone at PS 207 had fun with Idea Day, learned a lot and planning to do more of them. Apparently kids love to think and share ideas!!! Other schools who want to give it a try are encouraged to contact us. We’ll work with you to get you started. All you need are students, a committed moderator and a supportive principal.

RickHoran@IdeasImprov.com

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