Elfie Selfie



Looking for a fun and UNEXPECTED idea to leave students talking at the end of the semester? Consider the Elfie Selfie Challenge.

Sarah Burress, the Activities Director from Clovis East High School in California shared the idea they started a few years ago!

A little from Sarah:

“In order to spread holiday cheer, we bought the Clovis East Principals life-sized costumes and they graciously agreed to dress up to be Elves on the Shelf. They started before school by positioning themselves on a roof somewhere, frozen as if they were an Elf on the Shelf. Then, each passing period, they switched locations on campus. In front of them we had info for the Elfie-Selfie Challenge, which had students and staff take their best selfie and submit it to our school’s Remind messaging system. This was a fun way to get students involved and also a quick way to get more students signed up for the Remind (which gives them the daily bulletin, important announcements, etc.).”


When did it happen?

They did it the Friday before Holiday Break. Since the principals were constantly moving locations to make it fun, it took up most of their day.

What types of prizes did they give away?

They gave away 5 total prizes and a few honorable mentions. The prizes were a variety of spirit items (hydro flasks, t-shirts, etc.), as well as a pair of dance tickets. The kids were just excited to have their picture sent over social media as the “winner.”


Our team here at Learning For Living believes that amazing culture is a series of tiny actions sprinkled all throughout the year. This is just one example of how Clovis East is creating a school no one will want to leave!

The question for you: What can your campus do in the next few weeks to leave staff and students talking about your culture?

It could be an Elfie Selfie challenge, hot cocoa for everyone or simply telling someone you are grateful to have them part of the team.


Are you doing something fun or unique at your campus to build great culture? Share it on our School Culture By Design Facebook page today!