Easter Theme Scratch Off Tickets

Do you feel excitement every time you scratch off a lotto ticket?  The thrill of winning something is invigorating.  

Scratch off tickets- an easy motivating tool for students and staff.  The best part is that the scratch offs don't involve paint.  Can I get an Amen?  No mess, no fuss!  All you need to do is add your own text and cover the prize area with a scratch off sticker.

I found the scratch off stickers on Amazon.  You can locate them here for silver and here for gold.  You all know how much I love gold.

The packet has 100 stickers.  One set sells around $8.  They arrived in two days by mail.   

As you can see the stickers are about the size of a quarter.

I printed my tickets on cardstock and simply added the sticker over the prize area.  Hand them out to your teachers and students.  The prize area is editable.  This allows you to customize your prizes. You will need the FREE version of Adobe Reader to edit the cards.

Printing is easy for me since I now how the HP Instant Ink Service.  You can read here how I can print hundreds of pages using colored ink for less than $9 a month.  If you are not part of the service, I highly recommend it.   If not, I did make the cards as ink-friendly as possible.

Special seating, Lunch with the Principal, Treasure Box Reward, etc...

*Note- Not every card has to have a reward.  That is something you could explain to your students.  After all, it is a lotto ticket.   Sometimes you win...sometimes you try again.

Jean Day, Leave Early, Arrive Late, Skip Afternoon Duty, etc...


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Candy Buffet for Teachers and Staff

Spring is the perfect time of the year for a candy bar buffet at school.  However, any time of the year is perfect for candy, right?  We can never do too much to show our staff how much they are loved and appreciated.  During the spring semester, we are faced with state testing, as well as, many other pressures.  A simple candy bar buffet with a little extra sugar during our day can give us a little "pick-me-up" to lift our spirits.

Candy buffets are easy to prep.  Just print these coordinating candy labels and grab some jars or small baskets and fill with your favorite candies.

The candy bar sign, pennants, treat bags and treat bag tags were all found at Hobby Lobby.  I  wanted to create some labels and a sign that coordinates with the items I purchased from Hobby Lobby.  I think they turned out pretty cute and match perfectly.  If you want the labels and the Enjoy Some Treats sign, just download here.

If done right, a candy buffet becomes more than just a delicious treat for your staff; it becomes a great morale booster too.  Who doesn't love a little candy every now and then?


I couldn't just buy one for me and not get one for you.  I purchased an extra to give away!  In the giveaway, you will receive the Candy Bar Sign, Gift Bags, Gift Tags, and Pennants.  This is your Candy Bar Starter Kit!  All you need to do is enter to win below.  If you are the winner, I will email you and then mail you the starter kit.  I will even print the sign and the candy labels for you and ship those to you as well.  
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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

John Maxwell says, "Everyone Communicates, Few Connect."  I think this maybe a quote that will stick with me for a long time.  I loved it so much I created this cute little graphic to remind me to connect and not just communicate.

I love being an active learner.  Therefore, I am constantly reading and trying to grow as a leader.   I believe building positive relationships with one another is one of the most important pieces.  It is vital to connect to those around us- family, friends, coworkers.  It doesn't matter what profession or what we are called to do.  There's not a greater need in the world than the need to connect.

Why is it important?  

Being connected to one another will not only build a relationship, it will sustain a relationship.  When the school is functioning with disconnected leadership, there will be a lack of engagement.  Everyone will function individually instead of as a whole.  School leadership should be considered service leadership.  Our intentions should be to see and add value to the lives of those on our campus.

Every person on our campus is unique.  They all have their own style of teaching.  They may have their own classroom, office, or cubicle in the building, but he/she seldom works in isolation.  Even though it may seem isolated if, in their own space, everyone is connected through a common purpose. In school, that common purpose is to be a school that inspires academic excellence, leadership, collaboration and provide a world-class education for our students.

This year it has been my goal to not only communicate but to connect.  This goal has been an intentional effort aimed to strengthen the relationships around me.  It is really been just a mindset change.

Being a school leader and blogger has given me the opportunity to meet and learn from people all across the country.  It has provided me the opportunity to help current and future school leaders address some of the greatest school challenges- from school management, dealing with difficult situations, budgets, state mandates, and many other topics.

But this was not an opportunity I ever expected to have when I first began as an educator.  Actually, I never thought about college or a career my entire childhood.  For you see, I grew up in extreme poverty and with parents who both struggled with addictions.  This is not something I really share with the world.  However, I wouldn't change a thing about my life.  I was brought up in tough situations, but I learned so much about myself and my sisters along the way.  We are strong women who appreciate even the littlest of things.  We have a lot to be proud of.  Being a positive person, I can appreciate the lessons learned from my childhood.  The lesson and legacy of my life can be summed up in this quote: "People can accomplish much when inspired by a purpose beyond themselves."

There is one thing I hope for you today- to live a connected life and create connected schools.  I hope that these connections enrich your life and those you serve.  This is how we will build stronger schools.  We just don't communicate about it...we connect.


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