Each year the National Association of Peer Program Professionals urges peer helping coordinators to acknowledge, appreciate, and celebrate their peer helpers during the month of March. During this special month, I take the opportunity to recruit my peer helpers for the next school year, appreciate my current peer helpers, and promote peer helping in my school community.
Here is an overview of my plan for this year’s National Peer Helper Week (March 20-24, 2017).
First, I will have my current peer helpers put up posters about peer helping around the school. Here is a sample poster I made featuring Disney characters.
Second, we are going to make announcements about National Peer Helper Week to students and staff member.
Some sample announcements will include:
- Facts about peer helping
- Roles of peer helpers
- Accomplishments of your schools’ peer helping program
Third, we will share information about National Peer Helper Week
to get the excitement going on social media using the hashtag
- Photo made of crayons signed by your peer helpers.
- Create a bulletin board.
- Create a candy gram.
- Create a word art photo.
- Create a photo with the thumbprints of students in a heart and a special quote.
Seventh, consider holding a peer helper ceremony. At the ceremony, present a proclamation to your principal signed by your superintendent and give out certificates to your peer helpers. Invite parents, board members, community members, and other special staff members.