Campaign Ideas for High School

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Campaign Ideas for High School
School election campaigning consists of several forms. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Campaigning for a high school office can be creative, original and challenging. The objective is to muster enough student body votes to get elected to the office for which you are running. Winning the campaign necessitates hard work and efficient organisation. It's a team effort and requires skill and perseverance.

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Preparation

You should begin early since there is considerable planning involved and time is needed to carry out the campaign efficiently. Arrange for a group of friends to help you. Appoint a manager to take charge of the campaign. Make an agenda listing how to proceed. Select a theme which you will use throughout the campaign.

Activities

Arrange a variety of activities to call attention to yourself and your platform. Become active and make friends. Do this by joining or visiting several clubs. Attend parties so you may become popular with the other students in the school. It's a good idea to go around to the different tables in the cafeteria, for example, and personally ask people to vote for you. Prepare a speech and arrange to give it in the gym or assembly program. Emphasise that you are serious about the election and want the job. Use your theme.

Prepare and practice the speech. Be brief and sound sincere. Cover the real issues but don't pad it with things you've never done. Mention personal qualities, leadership activities and focus on attaining your goal. Refer students to your campaign-related Facebook page. Try to write a brief catchy tune that can be sung at an assembly program or in the gym. Ride around the school on a bike carrying a sign, " Vote for Me."

Posters, Flyers and Stickers

Request that someone in the art department make a colourful poster and post it wherever possible. Another option is to make a poster using an enlarged snapshot of yourself with an appropriate message printed underneath. These could be posted in a locker room, hallway, cafeteria or gym. Get permission from the school authorities. Flyers are another possibility. Use the Internet to form flyers that discuss some of your proposals as well as your theme. Consider using cartoon figures. Free souvenirs such as pens or bubblegum with your name can call attention, thereby enhancing your campaign.

Slogans

Slogans will help get you recognition, which is a factor in winning an election. You want the student body to remember you. Humorous slogans are effective and can be attention-getters. During a free period or lunchtime, sit behind a desk in the gym with the slogan in front of the desk. Consider putting your name on a slogan with the words "Born to Lead." "Make someone happy -- vote for me." Mention your name in large print.

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