Kiona-Benton High School GEAR UP staff decided their ambassadors needed to have another opportunity to get involved and be leaders amongst their peers before the completion of the year. Thus, we decided the week of April 27 to May 1 would be our “Spring College Week” to keep students motivated to work toward their academic goals. The ambassadors were divided into teams of 2 or 3 students that included at least one upperclassman and one lowerclassman. Teams had the remainder of that week to come with an idea for a college-related, lunchtime activity and submit a completed form with a name for the activity, action steps, material needs, and individual responsibilities. The students produced interactive, college-themed activities.
On Monday, the ambassadors posted up printed out images of college mascots and two competitors would have to try to reach the described mascot first. The students were racing around the commons creating quite the buzz amongst the rest of the student body. The principal, Clay Henry, even got in on the action.
Tuesday was a little more low-key with college trivia, but staff still showed their support by getting involved. Civics and U.S. History teacher, Andrea Dobson put her knowledge to the test and showed the students that even adults can have fun with a little college trivia.
Wednesday, the ambassadors set up the floor with a fun “College Twister” activity. Students were both excited and nervous about playing twister in front of their peers, but Ms. P, the GEAR UP Site Manager, got involved and showed the students of KiBe it is okay to have fun despite concerns about being judged for participating. Instead of calling out colors, students were directed by a college’s color; for example, “Left hand, Cougar Crimson.”
Thursday, students got really silly with “Pin the Nose/Tail/Teeth/Bow on the Mascot.” Large pictures of the Oregon State University Beaver, University of Oregon Duck, Washington State University Cougar, and University of Washington Husky were placed on a wall. Participants were given a selected missing part of the drawing with their name on it, blindfolded, spun around 5 times, and sent on a mission to correctly place the missing piece in the correct place. To set the example, Ms. P and Mr. Henry went first. Soon, more and more student competitors joined the battle. A few were so into the activity they tried to sneakily direct their friends in how to reach the target. Although technically cheating, GEAR UP commended them on their ability to work as a team.
Friday, ambassadors concluded the week’s activities with a “Where’s the College Mascot” activity. Two competitors had to focus their eyes, despite a psychedelic background, to find the called out logo. The college week reminded KiBe students of GEAR UP’s presence on campus, gave the ambassadors an opportunity to fully orchestrate an activity, and brought students and staff together.