Recently my district had our Spring Professional Development day. Myself and our TOSA team were tasked with much of the planning and organizing of this event. Even though this is a big task, it is one which we really love doing. Everything from organizing sessions to setting up balloons were part of our duty. This post is about one of the small parts of this day which I thought may be useful to other educators. The basic idea is to create your own your sticky notes and candy wrappers.
During our day (and in fact its one of our overarching goals) we wanted to “push our brand”. Our brand is #rusdproud and our focus is to promote and celebrate all the incredible things happening in and around Rocklin Unified. For this particular day, we also were showing a new way for us to push this brand; that being our ROCK Talks. These are TED Talk style videos which are highlights of staff members in our district. Instead of TED we chose ROCK which stands for Reflections, Out of the Box, Connections, and Kudos. I hopefully will write more about these videos and the progress of this in the near future. For now you can find our YouTube playlist here.
Now back to this post and about candy and sticky notes.
We wanted to have sticky notes to go hand in hand with our KUDOS which is where we wanted everyone to pause for a moment, think about who helped them on their journey in education and to give thanks. Instead of just passing out sticky notes, we wanted to use this opportunity to brand our #rusdproud as well as our ROCK Talk message. These sticky notes were created in Google Drawing, then we downloaded the image, uploaded it to VistaPrint and ordered bundle of them. Here is the link to Google Drawing file. Feel free to make a copy, and then add your shapes, images and colors.
Below you can see the file uploaded to VistaPrint and the finished product.
To wrap up the day, we wanted to leave everyone with a little treat as well as a reminder of theme. So we thought… "what does everyone need a little at the end of the day...CHOCOLATE!"
But instead of just the regular basket of goodies, I took an idea from my wife where she helped my daughter's campaign to run for high school government. She created candy wrappers (again in Google Drawing) to go over the existing little Hershey miniatures. Unlike using a service like VistaPrint we did this all at home. This process was a few steps:
1) Create the wrappers in Google Drawing
2) Copy and paste this image into a Google Doc. Take Note: I had to use the EDIT - WEB CLIPBOARD feature in order to copy all of the items from the image. Then in the Google Doc I used the Web Clipboard to paste them. (here is the link to the document which you can copy)
3) In order to print them and maximize the number of wrappers per page, we copied the image multiple times which you can see here
If you would like to see my district candy wrapper and then make a copy to try it on your own use this link
Lastly, below you can some screen shots of these wrapper and doc files.
Good luck and please reach out if you have any questions