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Student Employee Appreciation Week

Student Employee Appreciation Week

Each year, SFA, along with colleges and universities across the country, recognizes the importance of the student work experience during Student Employment Appreciation Week. This week draws the awareness of others, inside and outside of the university, to the contributions student workers make in the multitude of roles they fill. This year, Student Employee Appreciation Week was April 13-19, 2014.

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Student Appreciation Week Ideas

Some fun ideas!

Here are just a few fun ideas you could use with your staff!

Food Ideas:

Full-time staff bring in treats/lunch for student workers

Each day bring something different - cookies, popcorn, candy, etc.

Fill goodie bags with small packs of crackers, cookies, candy, chips, etc.

Fill a bowl or individual mini bowls daily, inexpensive yet tasty.

Other Ideas:

Send a note to the family of your student workers, letting them know how terrific the student is for your department

Create silly awards: best telephone voice, best copier, etc.

Make up certificates and frame them Spray paint a light bulb gold, screw into a jar of play-dough and make a label around the jar naming who is receiving the "Bright Idea" award

Buy wooden back scratchers for staff. Attach a note that says "Thanks for the helping hand!"

Have a secret pal that does little things for them throughout the week. At the end of the week, host a lunch to reveal secret pals!

Candy Ideas:

"You are worth 100 Grand!" (100 Grand)

"You are out of this world!" (Mars or Milky Way)

"Thanks for the Mounds of work you do!" (Mounds)

"We love you!!! XOXO" (Hershey's Hugs and Kisses)

"You deserve an extra Payday!" (Payday)

"Thanks for always being willing to do Extra!" (Extra Gum)

"You are a Joy!" (Almond Joy)

Free Ideas:

Draw an outline of your hand and photocopy enough copies for all students in your office; on each hand write a note that tells the student why they deserve a "Pat on the Back"

Use this week as an opportunity to start an award recognition program: Employee of the Month/Week, Great Idea Award, Gotcha Award (catch someone in the act of doing something good), etc. and then make the presentation of it during Student Employee Appreciation Week

Make a banner/decorate your bulletin board to hang for the whole week in your office

Use YOUR imagination… A simple THANK YOU for all they do will go a long way!

Theme Ideas:

"Chip, Chip, Hooray! Our staff is the best!" or "You're all that and a bag of chips!" (Serve bags of chips)

"Our student workers never dip down below our expectations!" (Serve dips)

"Our staff is red hot!" (Serve chips and salsa)

"Our staff floats above the rest!" (Serve root beer floats)

"We're nuts about our staff!" (Serve nuts assortment)