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This school year has looked different from any other. And the end of the year celebrations are going to feel a lot different too. Even though you’re away from your students physically, their achievements can still be honored and celebrated virtually! So we asked the TpT community on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for help with thinking of creative, out-of-the-box solutions — here are their ideas to make graduations and end-of-year celebrations feel special:

1. Theme Days

“Make every day of the week special with free Theme Day ideas from First Grade Roars – including Ice Cream Day, Camping Day, Circus Day, and more.” (@bricksandborder, @firstgraderoars) 

2. Virtual Awards Ceremony

“I created a Google slides presentation with students’ pictures and achievements /awards, then used Screencastify to record it as a video with me reading the awards. Turned out great!” (@the_foxy_teacher) 

“I did a virtual awards ceremony where everyone got a superlative award based on their personality. It was smashing!” (@nicrizzi) 

3. Personalized Grade Cards

“Really personalize those end of year grade card comments. Talk about a special memory, a specific celebration, or what you are specifically proud of. Add a note of how they grew socially, academically, and what makes them amazing!” (@amysilverwrightkc) 

4. Stop-Pop-Drop Car Parade

“We have a Stop-Pop-Drop in-car event scheduled. Diplomas, Caps, Snack Pack & Swag Bag put into their trunks. Then a noisy, horn honkin’, hand waving Summer Send-Off as they drive away!” (@ayjayt)

5. Printed Projects

“Print out one of their best projects and mail it to them with a note about how much you loved working with them this year.” (@brewdrawing121nvcc) 

6. Virtual Talent Show

“We are doing awards through slideshow presentations & sharing them on social media. We are also celebrating the end of the year with a virtual picnic and a virtual talent show!” (@mrs_sixth_nc) 

7. Digital Yearbook with Video

“I decorated my ‘office space,’ made a digital class yearbook/memory book, had each student share their favorite moments and did some silly GoNoodles to end it on a happy note! To create the digital yearbook, I used google slides and put a few students on each page with their name, added collage pics of the year with graphics and had other teachers make short videos to say goodbye. I made it into a movie using a video editing program.” (@teachercakes84) 

8. Custom Art

“I made WooHoo posters for my 8th graders celebrating all of their strengths and what makes them amazing. I also wrote personal messages to each of them wishing them good luck in high school.” (@tamiestepbest) 

9. Send Postcards

“Send each of them a postcard with a personal note.” (@rosies_library) 

10. Yard Signs

“We had yard signs made and delivered them to the outgoing 5th graders and did a Zoom meeting for School Year trivia. Winners from each class had pizza delivered to their home! (@beth_cara_) 

11. Share Memories

“I have 148 students so I used pictures I’ve taken during the year and featuring a class each week as my virtual background during Zoom meetings. It’s not big but it gives us a chance to continue to bond over memories.” (@ladytknight78) 

12. Confetti Congratulations

“I wrote notes to all of my seniors and packed the envelopes with confetti! I have 156 students total, so I can only do so much.” (@tifftiffhooray84) 

13. Scavenger Hunt and Games

“I am doing a scavenger hunt and a ‘guess the baby’ (using baby pictures sent in by parents) for games and then close off with a video presentation of compiled pictures throughout the school year.” (@itsmsdelara) 

14. TikTok

“I’m doing a Tik Tok collab with my class. I’m shocked at how many students have one already. I want to use it for good for a moment!” (@omgitsdavinajoy) 

15. Personalized Farewells

“On my last class Zoom, I had prepared ahead of time. I addressed each student individually and shared their strengths and gifts from my perspective. I wanted them to know that they were seen and loved by me!” (@davisaYES) 

16. Sweet Treats

“I sent congratulatory postcards to all my students with a gift certificate attached to the local ice cream shop. I just figured we had all been through so much, that they deserved a great treat. It also helped our small town business.” (@Betsy Knodel) 

17. Flowers (To Grow on Their Own)

“I mailed a letter to each [of my students] with a package of forget-me-not seeds. They are perennials and will be a happy reminder of time with family.” (@Sooz Svensson) 

18. When in Doubt…Send Books!

“If there’s a book you read aloud and loved together, send them the sequel or another title by the same author.” (@Tai Hart)

“I’m using the End of the Year Awards resource from @foxwellforest, and sending a book and bookmark!” (@mrsstephcease)