Hello Brett! Your comment made me think of another piece that has come into play... which is to start looking towards inviting more than one group at a time to host Welcome Wednesday. So we can encourage more of the individual groups to work together. This is another long term goal. :)
Hello Megan :) Great question! I have been working on the idea of how to encourage the different clubs to be creative with their day. Something that has come up for me, is building empathy through highlighting shared experiences as humans. So, for our next proposal to a student organization, I do want to present a more formal offering of how they want their "Welcome Wednesday" to look like, sound like and feel like. These prompts come to mind: What does it mean to welcome your fellow students to their day? How would you like that to "roll out?" What are ideas that you might have that would help brighten someones morning as they are coming through the doors?
Administration has been open to allowing students to select music, or a "score'" for the morning (to play over the intercom system). A colleague of mine had an idea where students could hand out slips of paper with inspirational quotes. I also have a long term plan of linking the event with some pet therapy, so that students can stand with pets and their handlers for the event - but that is very long term. :) I do think it is nice for students to have something to "give"... our first Welcome Wednesday we handed out raffle tickets and then announced the winners over the intercom during announcements.
What I did notice from our first WW (with the Black Student Union), is that the act of giving a small prize (in that instance, a raffle ticket), students who might not have usually interacted, or known of The Black Student Union, learned more about BSU. The organization experienced opportunity to raise visibility and rapport with their fellow students. The simple act of saying "good morning" - made a connection.
Next, I want to be able to build visibility for the groups (through t-shirts they can wear that highlight their organization and their connection to David Douglas HS), as well as make sure that the group is "pre-announced" so that students are aware of the event and who is hosting beforehand (last time there was not enough time to pre-announce). I think the pre-announce and the t-shirts would go a long ways in highlighting the group and their connection to their act of welcoming to the students.