Are you ready to show the love on social media during the month of February?
Then these five ideas should inspire you! Some require a little more work than others, so pick one or two ideas now to put them into action at the beginning of February!
1. Share what people love about your school or district
How can you find out what others love about your school or district? Ask the question! You can create a brief survey to collect responses from teachers or staff members via email, but one of the easiest ways to gather several responses quickly is by simply visiting your schools.
Poll a few individuals you see walking in the hallway, pop into classrooms, or visit the staff lounge during lunchtime to hear from a variety of students and staff about what they love most. Jot down their responses, take their photos, and voila! You’re ready to start batching this fun February feature (learn more about batching in this helpful blog).
Sharing what people love about your school or district is also a powerful way to promote your school. When potential families check out your social media pages, they will get a positive first impression of your school after they see personal testaments from students and staff.
Here are some examples to get your gears turning before you pop the big question.
- Northern Ozaukee School District in Wisconsin
- Claremore Public Schools in Oklahoma
- Nova Classical Academy, K-12 Charter School in Minnesota
And if you’re delving into Instagram or Facebook Reels, consider recording a video of each response – it’s another avenue to showcase what people love about your school.
2. Highlight staff member couples
Everyone appreciates a good love story, especially during the month of February! Light up your social media pages by sharing the stories of staff couples who work in your district. Families, community members, and even alumni will enjoy learning how these familiar couples first met and what it’s like for them to work together.
- Sherrard School District in Illinois
- Oconto Unified School District in Wisconsin
- Milford Schools in Ohio
3. Post a cute photo-op
Graphics are neat, but it is always better to include your students’ faces on them! Check out this creative way that Mrs. Wilkonsin’s first graders from Riverdale School District in Wisconsin shared their love with the entire community.
4. Ask a question
We know consistent engagement is key in the world of social media, so this is the perfect time to invite your followers to interact with your page. Pose the question: What do you love most about our school? Then, sit back and watch the heartwarming responses pour in!
Here’s a quick tip: If getting interaction from followers when you ask questions is typically like pulling teeth, try phrasing this one differently. Change the question into a one-sentence prompt and post that to your page instead. Sometimes followers are intimidated by direct questions, so this may be the welcoming invitation they need to share their response!
The sentence prompt could look like this:
What I love most about our school is ________.
5. Showcase authentic moments from your schools
The spirit of Valentine’s Day will undoubtedly be celebrated in your schools. Reach out to your staff to see what special activities or projects they have planned. Then, be there to capture these authentic stories in the present moment. Whether it’s a photo or video, followers will cherish seeing the love spread within your schools.
- Darlington Community School District in Wisconsin shared this sweet photo on Valentine’s Day:
- Proctor Public Schools in Minnesota captured a video of a school-wide dance party to the “Cupid Shuffle” that I just love!
Which of these five ideas are you going to implement for your school during the month of February? Remember, you don’t have to do them all! Choose one or two ideas that made your heart flutter with inspiration and start showing the love on your school’s social media! ❤️
This is a guest post from Andrea Mueller. Andrea serves as the Executive Assistant at #SocialSchool4EDU and an account manager for our management districts. She is a former elementary teacher who has always enjoyed cheering on her students and celebrating their wins. Andrea says, “I love having the opportunity to highlight students and staff through social media. Great things are happening in our schools every day, and our communities deserve to hear these positive stories.”