*Five years ago, I was given the title “Bulletin Board Ideas for Seniors” for publication on eHow. The article was originally published on March 23, 2011. It is no longer published on eHow or anywhere else so I am free to publish it here.
Encourage teachers and students to take an active part in creating senior bulletin board displays. Create bulletin board displays that serve a greater purpose than just decorating a hallway. Put together displays that highlight memorable events, provide encouragement and help prepare students for future endeavors.
Set up a bulletin board that displays job opportunities for graduating high school seniors. Include information about different types of jobs. Include informative pamphlets or tear-off contact information that seniors can take with them. Display a sign-up sheet for students to make an appointment to meet with a school guidance counselor to discuss careers. Reserve a section of the board to display interview tips, appropriate dress codes and other job-related advice.
Feature Seniors at School Events
At the beginning of the year, start a bulletin board that will feature photos of high school seniors at school events throughout the year. Allow teachers and students to take photos at events and add them to the display. Reserve space for seniors to leave comments, memorabilia, thoughts and reflections about the events. At the end of the year, allow graduating seniors to take the photos and other memorabilia attached to the board home.
Advice for Underclassmen
Allow graduating seniors to create a bulletin board for underclassmen. Give each senior an index card and instruct him to write a few words of advice or encouragement for underclassmen. Each graduating senior might share advice about how to succeed in a particular teacher’s class or what to avoid at the prom. Students may choose to write a well-known phrase, proverb or Bible verse. Some students may leave serious advice, while others may choose to leave humorous words of encouragement. Enforce rules concerning appropriate language and subject matter.
Create a “Senior Will” bulletin board. Instruct graduating seniors to leave behind a tangible or intangible item for underclassmen. Provide seniors with index cards and instruct them to write their Senior Wills and then pin them on the bulletin board. Students may be serious or humorous with this activity. For example, a football player might write, “I, John Doe, leave my stinky football cleats to my freshman pal, Joseph Doe.” A senior cheerleader might leave her pom poms to an underclassman. Another student might write, “I, Jane Doe, leave my position as class clown in Mrs. Hill’s class to my sophomore friend, Sally Doe.”