What Is Spirit Wear?

Spiritwear refers to wearables like T-shirts, hoodies, and sweatshirts that capture a school’s unique spirit, representing the corresponding colors, logo, and mascot to facilitate a sense of pride and unity.

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Things We Wish Someone Told Us Senior Year (Part 1)

Once you walk across the graduation stage, things change – whether you’re ready for them or not. Suddenly, all the structure vanishes. No classes, no extracurriculars, no early mornings or all-nighters, no unavoidable social interactions, no homework, no tests, no set path. You may already be 18, but the transition from high school to the vast unknown is a far more significant threshold to cross. That’s why the habits you form during the final few months of your primary education are what craft your young adulthood, whether you’re going on to pursue additional education, taking a gap year, or entering the workforce. 

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Top 5 Tips for New Teachers

The first day of school means something completely different when you’re a teacher, especially when you’re a new or first-time teacher. Not only are you back in the familiar yet foreign environment of the classroom, but you’re in a position of influence, power, and expectations. You come with more knowledge and experience, but you’re in front of dozens of cautious, curious, and awaiting eyes. (And that’s only when school is in session, let alone the preparations beforehand.) Plus, meeting the school staff, administrators, and your students’ parents or guardians can be equally daunting.

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Spiritwear for the Ages: High School, Junior High, Middle School, & Elementary School

Looking back, we remember our first experiences with spiritwear at a young age, maybe before middle school even. Yet, it started to feel cool from middle school and beyond – like it was something to pursue. We looked up to our high school role models at the football games decked out in football spiritwear and school colors from head to toe, competing for the free shirt shots into the stand and overall just having a great time. We associated high school sport spiritwear with fun, festivities, and friendship, so it became our biggest goal to get as much as we could – for all age groups.

Elementary School Sport Spiritwear 

Let’s start with the little ones. They may be young, but that doesn’t mean your Pre-K-to-Grade-4 students don’t deserve some spiritwear just for them! You can make spiritwear bigger than just class or grade shirts, even when they’re only starting out at school. Fun graphics, bright colors, easy-to-read fonts – it’s all fair game! Some schools started traditions of shirt signings rather than yearbook signings, and having fun elementary school spiritwear for their classmates to sign and doodle on is such a fun idea. Sure, they’ll outgrow their shirts in a year or two, but this can make them more memorable and sentimental down the line.

Plus, younger kids love to find themselves matching with their classmates, as it gives them an automatic friend for the day while they’re getting used to constant classroom socialization. They’ll think it’s cool that someone else has the same shirt as them, whereas accidental matching isn’t so cool once they grow up.

Middle School Sport Spiritwear 

It’s not as typical in middle school to have the same volume of pep rallies and school-encouraged event attendance, but you typically knew what was up when it came to games and championships. In “collect-it-all” fashion, however, schools often hand out spiritwear shirts like candy, whether it be class shirts, club shirts, grade shirts, field trip shirts, athletics shirts, or prizes for fundraisers and class competitions. If you went out looking for middle school sport spiritwear, you’d find it. 

Even though your football spiritwear, basketball spiritwear, and beyond will multiply as you (or your child) progress through junior high and high school, don’t toss out the old just yet. There are several ways to repurpose old spiritwear, which we’ll get to in a second. 

Junior High Sport Spiritwear 

Junior high means something different for everyone nowadays. From housing a few grades to possibly just one, junior high is when things start to get more fun. This is when students are introduced to spirit weeks and more high school and junior high sports games. This is when steller athletes can make it to the JV teams, and those games tend to feel more legit than anything thus far (especially if you haven’t made it to an HS game yet). You may even see a pep rally or two, depending on how many students in your junior high take part in various athletic (or hey, even academic) activities. 

Often, junior high sport spiritwear is more reminiscent of high school designs, maybe using less youthful slogans, fonts, and graphics than anything you’d see in the younger grades. This makes the junior high designs more likely to transcend into high school, at least for a little bit before they collect their spiritwear from high school clubs, sports events, and other activities. 

High School Sport Spiritwear 

You’ve made it to the main event! 

High school is where it’s at in terms of school pride, participating in school events, and figuring out your young adult identity through clubs, organizations, and electives. There’s pretty much something going on every day of the week, regardless of what season it is – you just have to know where to look. If there’s not a club or organization for it yet, now’s the time to start your own! (Awesome application addition or resume builder, by the way.) 

It’s always a big thing for school athletics committees to fundraise by using football spiritwear, basketball spiritwear, track spiritwear, baseball spiritwear, and so forth before the seasons commence. If the team makes it to the championships, there’s definitely more sport spiritwear to come. It’s a fun end-of-year (or graduation!) activity to round up all your school spirit shirts to see how many you collected over the years, and high school athletics really add a spike to that number.

It’s not all about athletics and clubs, however; in some high schools across the country, there’s an unspoken tradition during AP testing season for individual classes to design their own shirts to wear into the test as a sign of class pride, which is a more niche take on school spiritwear. You can’t gloss over the academics – they’ve got their pride, too!

Don’t Discount Hand-Me-Down High School Sport Spiritwear 

Parents, do your kids have older siblings with spiritwear in boxes? The same goes for the students – do your older brothers or sisters have spiritwear just lying around?  Shake off the dust and let them see the light of day! If you’re wanting to stand out or show off your swag, “vintage” spiritwear is a fun way to go (and a great way to recycle middle school sport spiritwear and junior high sport spiritwear). It can highlight your family legacy at the school if you’ve been a “lifer” or simply shake things up from the school spirit shirts everyone your age has. 

If you don’t have them, don’t worry! Everyone’s legacy has to start with someone. 

What to Do with All Those Extra Shirts

As a parting thought, we wanted to encourage everyone to keep their keepsakes around for some heartwarming DIY projects. The go-to is a quick T-shirt quilt because you’ll have plenty of material to pull from. (We know of parents who like to do this as a graduation gift when their kid moves on to college or the workforce.) Similarly, you can turn your favorites into pillows.

If you want to do away with them all together but have them fall into the right hands, you can always donate them at school clothing drives (where they’ll be hot ticket items for sure!) or simply repurpose them into workout shirts, aprons, pajama pants, or even baby clothes.

Whatever You Decide to Do, Do It with 1st Place Spiritwear 

At 1st Place Spiritwear, we carry high-quality school spiritwear for everyone in your family – whether you’re a parent or a student-to-be. We not only carry the widest selection of school spiritwear for schools across the nation, but we offer unique virtual fundraising that’s streamlined, no matter how big or small the campaign. We carry 150+ unique spiritwear designs for all schools, and with all those design options, there’s something for everyone!

We sought out to make spiritwear you want to wear, utilizing the highest quality fabrics, original (and cool!) designs by leading T-shirt graphic designers, and easy ordering software with no minimum orders or catches. We didn’t want to be the cheapest option available because that tends to mean cutting corners somewhere, so instead, we sought out to be the best spiritwear company out there.

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Fall Field Trip Ideas to Try in 2021

Field trips have the potential to be the highlight of a school year for all ages. Both educational and exciting, these day trips allow students to get out of the classroom and stretch their legs (and minds). In the long run, these excursions are often more memorable than any given individual lesson. That being said, field trip ideas often vary by the season and might be easier to schedule in the warmer, end-of-school-year months rather than a few weeks or months into a new semester.

We’re here today to share some school field trip ideas to try out this fall, and maybe you’ll walk away with newfound ideas for each fall to come! 

Fall Food Festivities

Fall is the time for pumpkin patches, apple orchards, farmer’s markets, and more. The great thing about these types of field trips is that you can discuss many topics, especially around autumnal crops. For instance, it’s the perfect opportunity to teach about nutrition, production, food waste, and composting or recycling.

Alternatively, you can teach about supporting local farmers and businesses through these sorts of events. Sure, there may be some seasonal hubbub like corn mazes, hayrides, and small carnival activities at some of these spots, but the learning opportunity is just as great as the potential for fun. Plus, you won’t have to worry about what to eat on a food-oriented field trip, so you can cross off field trip lunch ideas from your list.

Aquariums, Museums, or Planetariums

These field trip ideas come with built-in learning opportunities for all ages and a variety of subjects. Depending on what your class is studying, you could explore an aquarium that’s rich with aquatic animals and plant life as well as water-related data and history. Perhaps a museum would better suit your class; you could visit a museum that specializes in any of these things:

  • art,
  • nature,
  • science and technology, or
  • U.S. history

Finally, planetariums – which offer all things air and space – can provide learning experiences about anything from astrology and astronomy to cosmology. Your students can explore:

  • black holes, 
  • comets,
  • galaxies,
  • meteor showers,
  • moons,
  • nebulae, 
  • planets,
  • space crafts,
  • space stations,
  • space travel, and
  • stars

These are perfect field trip ideas that blend education and entertainment seamlessly. These establishments are also typically indoors (unlike zoos!), which makes them viable even when the seasons change from temperate to chilly. 

Embrace the Season of Giving with Service Trips

What better way to get some real-world experience and embrace empathy than with a community-service opportunity? Your school could use this field trip idea year-round, but during the nearing holiday season, things like donation centers, food drives, meal deliveries, gift drives, working in a soup kitchen, or gathering military care packages are great examples of service. If you want to get outside before it’s too cold, you could also have your class rake leaves, clean up fallen branches, or shovel snow off sidewalks when winter approaches. 

Fall is the perfect time to teach students to think about more than just themselves before the festivities of winter arrive. 

Field Trips Are as Important as School Spirit Itself

These days, field trips seem to be few and far between, especially after the pandemic made things take a virtual turn. That’s why thinking outside the box, literally and figuratively, has become almost second nature to facilitate pre-pandemic normalcy and post-pandemic innovation. That doesn’t make field trips any less important. They’ve been an integral part of growing up for generations. They’re a break from the mundane classroom, a chance to learn in the real world, and fun for all – teachers, students, and chaperones alike. Plus, you and your students will remember field trips for years to come!

Sure, matching shirts might be the last thing on your mind when planning the year’s fall field trip, but they shouldn’t be! Soak in school memories by wearing school spiritwear – whether you’re at a sports game, club night, field trip, or in a regular class. When you wear your special shirt, you’ll always think of fond memories on your fall field trip.

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The Importance of School Clubs and Organizations

What do you remember most about school? It’s likely not the tests, assignments, iffy lunches, or early hours. Instead, it’s probably your classmates, teachers, club events, and other academic organizations. Without those integral social aspects of education, school would be a one-note experience – all academics, all the time. The key to a pleasant school experience is to work hard, play hard. The importance of school clubs and organizations goes beyond just existing. It’s finding the right fit, knowing how to organize a school club, learning about cooperation and leadership, and more.

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Prepping to Go Back to School: Reminders for Teachers

Teachers, this one is for you! Summer has really gone by in a flash, hasn’t it? Now you probably see back-to-school planograms everywhere you go, from the supermarket to the department stores advertising different deals and storewide sales. This usually elicits one of two responses: panic because time has run out or relief because you want to get back to it. 

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Prepping to Go Back to School: A Student Guide

If you’ve been to your local supermarket recently, you’ve probably seen evidence of BTS – “back to school,” that is. Those yellow pencil boxes, buckets, and bins are likely filled to the brim with all the essentials for students of every age. Sure, summer isn’t quite at a close, but it’s never too early to start preparing for the next semester. 

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