Let Your Mind Run Wild!

Last fall, Nanci Leonard from Highline High School submitted an Excel Grant requesting … are you sitting down?


Yes! you read that right, duct tape. Why? School Spirit of course!!! duct tape accessories

We’ll let her explain in her own words: “It is my pleasure to be with my Advisory students all four years of high school. Some of my students are not yet entering into the purple and gold spirit of HHS. Being fully engaged in high school activities helps students be fully engaged academically. Fridays are purple and gold days, so I would like for my Advisory to create some exciting accessories that they can proudly wear to support school spirit.

I am requesting rolls of purple/gold duct tape along with scissors so that we can create bracelets, earrings and pins; decorate belts and cellphones; embellish jeans, t-shirts and backpacks … the duct tape options found on-line are limitless. Students will collaborate to create and model school spirit.”


We just got an update from Nanci, and she tells us her students had a wonderful time letting their minds run wild and they learned a bit about team building and cooperation along the way. Great idea Nanci!

duct tape purse

“My purpose was to have an activity which would allow my sophomore advisory to work collaboratively to create school-spirited creations. That goal was certainly met; the students worked together to design some very original purple and gold products. The students built on each other’s ideas. Someone would have an idea and then another student would make suggestions to make the design even better. There was a great deal of positive teamwork.

Here is a picture of one of my students covering a purse with purple and gold duct tape. She didn’t know how to cover the handles, so someone brought in yarn to braid around the handles. Then the yarn was used to teach her how to knit. She was thrilled to learn a new skill.”

Highline Schools Foundation is looking for your creative ideas! Every fall, the Highline Schools Foundation grants teachers the funds they need to support unique and innovative programs in their classrooms that their school’s budget can’t provide. We want to support activities and experiences that expand the learning process and actively engage students. Got a great idea of your own? A short, on-line application form will be available in September 2013. Watch our website or subscribe to our blog and you will be the first to know when applications are being accepted.

Since 1999, the Highline Schools Foundation has been supporting innovation and excellence in Highline Public Schools. Our funding priorities focus on programs to improve academic achievement, supporting college and career readiness, grants to teachers for engaging classroom projects, the arts, athletics, and programs that keep students in school and productive. Highline is a district full of need and opportunity. The Highline Schools Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to all schools in our district—our goal is to help as many students as possible be successful!

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