10 Reward & Incentive Ideas for Distance Learning

Make distance learning motivating for your students with virtual rewards and incentives!
By 
The Liveschool Team
 | 
May 12, 2020

Fun still matters! 🎉

One of the biggest tragedies of Covid-19 is the fun that students will not get to have with trusted adults. There is no greater feeling than weeks of hard work capped off with a huge celebration. Whether it’s a field trip, a dance, a House party, or whatever makes your school unique, we all love to have fun with our students.

That hasn’t changed. How many of us have had a Zoom party with our friends? Done a fitness lesson over video? Watched a live concert? As human beings, we love connecting with others. Add that to the list of things that Covid-19 can’t change.

We have to think outside the box about how we create celebrations and rewards for our students’ hard work. We will need to get creative and use digital tools to replicate some of the magic of our in-person live events. We will need to enlist parents, to help bring important celebrations home to students in a meaningful way.

At the end of the day, a big part of what makes a school celebration fun is the opportunity to see trusted adults letting loose and having fun. Students light up to see their Principal with a pie on their face. Or when a favorite teacher attempts a favorite TikTok dance. Our imagination has always been key to celebrating progress in a way that inspires students. That’s still true today.

Let’s look at 10 ideas you and your team can put into practice to make this time as fun and rewarding as possible for students. Rewards with an asterisk (*) have a financial cost – the rest can be done for free or on a low budget:

1. Host a Virtual Party 🎶

This reward can be run for a homeroom, a grade, a house, or an entire school. Plan an agenda that will be fun for students, like:

Remember – short and sweet is better than an awkward ending. Leave students excited for the next party with a fun, planned agenda.

2. Lunch with Teacher 👋🏼

Technology gives us the amazing opportunity to have a 1:1, or small group, lunch with students. Students can redeem this reward to have lunch with a favorite teacher or school leader over video chat.

3. In-Person Party 🚗

By now, you have probably seen amazing videos of “drive by” birthday parties and distance celebrations. There are many safe options for reconnecting with students face-to-face:

4*. Video Game Rewards 🎮

We can’t deny it – video games are part of our students’ lives. Many video games have “bucks” that students can use to redeem new rewards or accessories in the game. Fortnite V-Bucks are one of the most in-demand with students today. You can also ask your students for what games they love.

5*. Food Delivery Gift Cards 🍔

If your community has access to companies like Postmates, UberEats, and Doordash, these companies offer gift cards that can be a great way to reward students with their favorite restaurants during a time that they may have less ability to dine in. If your community has favorite restaurants, bookstores, or toy stores, these are also great opportunities.

6*. Raffle 🎟️

Raffles are a great way to reward students. In a raffle, the more tickets a student buys, the better their chances of winning! Here are things to consider when raffling:

7*. Creativity Care Package 🎨

This is a stressful time for students, and a care package can give them the tools to release their energy. Think about constructive toys or supplies like puzzles, sidewalk chalk, or cards. Encourage students to share a picture of what they do with their creativity!

8. Social Media Takeover 💁🏽

Invite a student to create content to share on your official school social media! There are endless ways to use this reward – here are just a few ideas:

9. Virtual Talent Show 🎤

A virtual talent show can be conducted live, or, even better, over social media! Create a hashtag for students and prompts for them to share, like…

10. Silly School Leader 😂

This reward is not for the faint-of-heart! With that said, there’s something magical about a trusted adult doing something truly silly for students to enjoy. Here are some of the best versions we’ve seen:

More Tips for Virtual Rewards

Create a process for how rewards will be redeemed using LiveSchool points. For example:

You can determine pricing by reviewing student points balances. You can use student bank account balances to determine appropriate prices 

In LiveSchool, you can…

And of course, plan for the logistics of your reward. A helpful approach: Who? What? When? Where? How? Coordinate with your team for a smooth and engaging experience!

Share Your Ideas!

We'd love to hear from you – how are you maintaining fun and celebration during distance learning? Share your ideas with @whyliveschool!

Celebrate hard work with your students during distance and virtual learning using these free and low-cost reward ideas!

Fun still matters! 🎉

One of the biggest tragedies of Covid-19 is the fun that students will not get to have with trusted adults. There is no greater feeling than weeks of hard work capped off with a huge celebration. Whether it’s a field trip, a dance, a House party, or whatever makes your school unique, we all love to have fun with our students.

That hasn’t changed. How many of us have had a Zoom party with our friends? Done a fitness lesson over video? Watched a live concert? As human beings, we love connecting with others. Add that to the list of things that Covid-19 can’t change.

We have to think outside the box about how we create celebrations and rewards for our students’ hard work. We will need to get creative and use digital tools to replicate some of the magic of our in-person live events. We will need to enlist parents, to help bring important celebrations home to students in a meaningful way.

At the end of the day, a big part of what makes a school celebration fun is the opportunity to see trusted adults letting loose and having fun. Students light up to see their Principal with a pie on their face. Or when a favorite teacher attempts a favorite TikTok dance. Our imagination has always been key to celebrating progress in a way that inspires students. That’s still true today.

Let’s look at 10 ideas you and your team can put into practice to make this time as fun and rewarding as possible for students. Rewards with an asterisk (*) have a financial cost – the rest can be done for free or on a low budget:

1. Host a Virtual Party 🎶

This reward can be run for a homeroom, a grade, a house, or an entire school. Plan an agenda that will be fun for students, like:

  • Invite students to wear school or House colors
  • Sing your school song or House chants
  • Fun updates or shoutouts from designated school leaders
  • Do a dance together (Not sure? Ask a student what’s popular!)

Remember – short and sweet is better than an awkward ending. Leave students excited for the next party with a fun, planned agenda.

2. Lunch with Teacher 👋🏼

Technology gives us the amazing opportunity to have a 1:1, or small group, lunch with students. Students can redeem this reward to have lunch with a favorite teacher or school leader over video chat.

  • Use this time to build or maintain your relationship.
  • Learn about how students are spending their time – favorite music, video games, or hobbies.
  • Share age-appropriate updates on how you are adjusting to more time at home.
  • Bonus: If your budget allows, this reward can include food delivered to the student!

3. In-Person Party 🚗

By now, you have probably seen amazing videos of “drive by” birthday parties and distance celebrations. There are many safe options for reconnecting with students face-to-face:

  • Create a caravan of teachers to parade by students’ homes with music, costumes, or just a big smile and wave.
  • Have a distanced visit to a student’s home to create some personal connection.
  • If your team includes a natural performer, you can even create a reward for an in-person song or dance.

4*. Video Game Rewards 🎮

We can’t deny it – video games are part of our students’ lives. Many video games have “bucks” that students can use to redeem new rewards or accessories in the game. Fortnite V-Bucks are one of the most in-demand with students today. You can also ask your students for what games they love.

5*. Food Delivery Gift Cards 🍔

If your community has access to companies like Postmates, UberEats, and Doordash, these companies offer gift cards that can be a great way to reward students with their favorite restaurants during a time that they may have less ability to dine in. If your community has favorite restaurants, bookstores, or toy stores, these are also great opportunities.

6*. Raffle 🎟️

Raffles are a great way to reward students. In a raffle, the more tickets a student buys, the better their chances of winning! Here are things to consider when raffling:

  • Survey students for exciting items. Big ticket items like an iPad Mini or popular headphones can draw student excitement.
  • Consider recruiting support from local businesses to purchase the items.
  • Market your raffle continuously on social media. Encourage teachers to mention the raffle during check-ins and communications with students.
  • When it’s time to raffle the items, make a big deal of it! A great approach is to create a video of drawing the winner so that every student can take part in the suspense.

7*. Creativity Care Package 🎨

This is a stressful time for students, and a care package can give them the tools to release their energy. Think about constructive toys or supplies like puzzles, sidewalk chalk, or cards. Encourage students to share a picture of what they do with their creativity!

8. Social Media Takeover 💁🏽

Invite a student to create content to share on your official school social media! There are endless ways to use this reward – here are just a few ideas:

  • An age-appropriate TikTok challenge.
  • Emcee your virtual party.
  • Provide a student with school announcements; let them create a video that puts their personal spin on it!

9. Virtual Talent Show 🎤

A virtual talent show can be conducted live, or, even better, over social media! Create a hashtag for students and prompts for them to share, like…

  • Sing their favorite song.
  • Perform a dance.
  • Show off a martial arts move.

10. Silly School Leader 😂

This reward is not for the faint-of-heart! With that said, there’s something magical about a trusted adult doing something truly silly for students to enjoy. Here are some of the best versions we’ve seen:

  • Let a student pick a TikTok dance to do in front of the whole school.
  • Let a student pick a wacky haircut or hair color to debut – live!
  • Let a student write a funny (and appropriate!) message to be recorded and shared with the school.

More Tips for Virtual Rewards

Create a process for how rewards will be redeemed using LiveSchool points. For example:

  • Rewards are redeemable every other Friday.
  • Two days before (Wednesday), the Assistant Principal will share an update with the latest rewards options available.
  • One day before (Thursday), students should email their homeroom teacher with their reward selection!

You can determine pricing by reviewing student points balances. You can use student bank account balances to determine appropriate prices 

In LiveSchool, you can…

And of course, plan for the logistics of your reward. A helpful approach: Who? What? When? Where? How? Coordinate with your team for a smooth and engaging experience!

Share Your Ideas!

We'd love to hear from you – how are you maintaining fun and celebration during distance learning? Share your ideas with @whyliveschool!

Fun still matters! 🎉

One of the biggest tragedies of Covid-19 is the fun that students will not get to have with trusted adults. There is no greater feeling than weeks of hard work capped off with a huge celebration. Whether it’s a field trip, a dance, a House party, or whatever makes your school unique, we all love to have fun with our students.

That hasn’t changed. How many of us have had a Zoom party with our friends? Done a fitness lesson over video? Watched a live concert? As human beings, we love connecting with others. Add that to the list of things that Covid-19 can’t change.

We have to think outside the box about how we create celebrations and rewards for our students’ hard work. We will need to get creative and use digital tools to replicate some of the magic of our in-person live events. We will need to enlist parents, to help bring important celebrations home to students in a meaningful way.

At the end of the day, a big part of what makes a school celebration fun is the opportunity to see trusted adults letting loose and having fun. Students light up to see their Principal with a pie on their face. Or when a favorite teacher attempts a favorite TikTok dance. Our imagination has always been key to celebrating progress in a way that inspires students. That’s still true today.

Let’s look at 10 ideas you and your team can put into practice to make this time as fun and rewarding as possible for students. Rewards with an asterisk (*) have a financial cost – the rest can be done for free or on a low budget:

1. Host a Virtual Party 🎶

This reward can be run for a homeroom, a grade, a house, or an entire school. Plan an agenda that will be fun for students, like:

  • Invite students to wear school or House colors
  • Sing your school song or House chants
  • Fun updates or shoutouts from designated school leaders
  • Do a dance together (Not sure? Ask a student what’s popular!)

Remember – short and sweet is better than an awkward ending. Leave students excited for the next party with a fun, planned agenda.

2. Lunch with Teacher 👋🏼

Technology gives us the amazing opportunity to have a 1:1, or small group, lunch with students. Students can redeem this reward to have lunch with a favorite teacher or school leader over video chat.

  • Use this time to build or maintain your relationship.
  • Learn about how students are spending their time – favorite music, video games, or hobbies.
  • Share age-appropriate updates on how you are adjusting to more time at home.
  • Bonus: If your budget allows, this reward can include food delivered to the student!

3. In-Person Party 🚗

By now, you have probably seen amazing videos of “drive by” birthday parties and distance celebrations. There are many safe options for reconnecting with students face-to-face:

  • Create a caravan of teachers to parade by students’ homes with music, costumes, or just a big smile and wave.
  • Have a distanced visit to a student’s home to create some personal connection.
  • If your team includes a natural performer, you can even create a reward for an in-person song or dance.

4*. Video Game Rewards 🎮

We can’t deny it – video games are part of our students’ lives. Many video games have “bucks” that students can use to redeem new rewards or accessories in the game. Fortnite V-Bucks are one of the most in-demand with students today. You can also ask your students for what games they love.

5*. Food Delivery Gift Cards 🍔

If your community has access to companies like Postmates, UberEats, and Doordash, these companies offer gift cards that can be a great way to reward students with their favorite restaurants during a time that they may have less ability to dine in. If your community has favorite restaurants, bookstores, or toy stores, these are also great opportunities.

6*. Raffle 🎟️

Raffles are a great way to reward students. In a raffle, the more tickets a student buys, the better their chances of winning! Here are things to consider when raffling:

  • Survey students for exciting items. Big ticket items like an iPad Mini or popular headphones can draw student excitement.
  • Consider recruiting support from local businesses to purchase the items.
  • Market your raffle continuously on social media. Encourage teachers to mention the raffle during check-ins and communications with students.
  • When it’s time to raffle the items, make a big deal of it! A great approach is to create a video of drawing the winner so that every student can take part in the suspense.

7*. Creativity Care Package 🎨

This is a stressful time for students, and a care package can give them the tools to release their energy. Think about constructive toys or supplies like puzzles, sidewalk chalk, or cards. Encourage students to share a picture of what they do with their creativity!

8. Social Media Takeover 💁🏽

Invite a student to create content to share on your official school social media! There are endless ways to use this reward – here are just a few ideas:

  • An age-appropriate TikTok challenge.
  • Emcee your virtual party.
  • Provide a student with school announcements; let them create a video that puts their personal spin on it!

9. Virtual Talent Show 🎤

A virtual talent show can be conducted live, or, even better, over social media! Create a hashtag for students and prompts for them to share, like…

  • Sing their favorite song.
  • Perform a dance.
  • Show off a martial arts move.

10. Silly School Leader 😂

This reward is not for the faint-of-heart! With that said, there’s something magical about a trusted adult doing something truly silly for students to enjoy. Here are some of the best versions we’ve seen:

  • Let a student pick a TikTok dance to do in front of the whole school.
  • Let a student pick a wacky haircut or hair color to debut – live!
  • Let a student write a funny (and appropriate!) message to be recorded and shared with the school.

More Tips for Virtual Rewards

Create a process for how rewards will be redeemed using LiveSchool points. For example:

  • Rewards are redeemable every other Friday.
  • Two days before (Wednesday), the Assistant Principal will share an update with the latest rewards options available.
  • One day before (Thursday), students should email their homeroom teacher with their reward selection!

You can determine pricing by reviewing student points balances. You can use student bank account balances to determine appropriate prices 

In LiveSchool, you can…

And of course, plan for the logistics of your reward. A helpful approach: Who? What? When? Where? How? Coordinate with your team for a smooth and engaging experience!

Share Your Ideas!

We'd love to hear from you – how are you maintaining fun and celebration during distance learning? Share your ideas with @whyliveschool!

quote icon

Fun still matters! 🎉

One of the biggest tragedies of Covid-19 is the fun that students will not get to have with trusted adults. There is no greater feeling than weeks of hard work capped off with a huge celebration. Whether it’s a field trip, a dance, a House party, or whatever makes your school unique, we all love to have fun with our students.

That hasn’t changed. How many of us have had a Zoom party with our friends? Done a fitness lesson over video? Watched a live concert? As human beings, we love connecting with others. Add that to the list of things that Covid-19 can’t change.

We have to think outside the box about how we create celebrations and rewards for our students’ hard work. We will need to get creative and use digital tools to replicate some of the magic of our in-person live events. We will need to enlist parents, to help bring important celebrations home to students in a meaningful way.

At the end of the day, a big part of what makes a school celebration fun is the opportunity to see trusted adults letting loose and having fun. Students light up to see their Principal with a pie on their face. Or when a favorite teacher attempts a favorite TikTok dance. Our imagination has always been key to celebrating progress in a way that inspires students. That’s still true today.

Let’s look at 10 ideas you and your team can put into practice to make this time as fun and rewarding as possible for students. Rewards with an asterisk (*) have a financial cost – the rest can be done for free or on a low budget:

1. Host a Virtual Party 🎶

This reward can be run for a homeroom, a grade, a house, or an entire school. Plan an agenda that will be fun for students, like:

  • Invite students to wear school or House colors
  • Sing your school song or House chants
  • Fun updates or shoutouts from designated school leaders
  • Do a dance together (Not sure? Ask a student what’s popular!)

Remember – short and sweet is better than an awkward ending. Leave students excited for the next party with a fun, planned agenda.

2. Lunch with Teacher 👋🏼

Technology gives us the amazing opportunity to have a 1:1, or small group, lunch with students. Students can redeem this reward to have lunch with a favorite teacher or school leader over video chat.

  • Use this time to build or maintain your relationship.
  • Learn about how students are spending their time – favorite music, video games, or hobbies.
  • Share age-appropriate updates on how you are adjusting to more time at home.
  • Bonus: If your budget allows, this reward can include food delivered to the student!

3. In-Person Party 🚗

By now, you have probably seen amazing videos of “drive by” birthday parties and distance celebrations. There are many safe options for reconnecting with students face-to-face:

  • Create a caravan of teachers to parade by students’ homes with music, costumes, or just a big smile and wave.
  • Have a distanced visit to a student’s home to create some personal connection.
  • If your team includes a natural performer, you can even create a reward for an in-person song or dance.

4*. Video Game Rewards 🎮

We can’t deny it – video games are part of our students’ lives. Many video games have “bucks” that students can use to redeem new rewards or accessories in the game. Fortnite V-Bucks are one of the most in-demand with students today. You can also ask your students for what games they love.

5*. Food Delivery Gift Cards 🍔

If your community has access to companies like Postmates, UberEats, and Doordash, these companies offer gift cards that can be a great way to reward students with their favorite restaurants during a time that they may have less ability to dine in. If your community has favorite restaurants, bookstores, or toy stores, these are also great opportunities.

6*. Raffle 🎟️

Raffles are a great way to reward students. In a raffle, the more tickets a student buys, the better their chances of winning! Here are things to consider when raffling:

  • Survey students for exciting items. Big ticket items like an iPad Mini or popular headphones can draw student excitement.
  • Consider recruiting support from local businesses to purchase the items.
  • Market your raffle continuously on social media. Encourage teachers to mention the raffle during check-ins and communications with students.
  • When it’s time to raffle the items, make a big deal of it! A great approach is to create a video of drawing the winner so that every student can take part in the suspense.

7*. Creativity Care Package 🎨

This is a stressful time for students, and a care package can give them the tools to release their energy. Think about constructive toys or supplies like puzzles, sidewalk chalk, or cards. Encourage students to share a picture of what they do with their creativity!

8. Social Media Takeover 💁🏽

Invite a student to create content to share on your official school social media! There are endless ways to use this reward – here are just a few ideas:

  • An age-appropriate TikTok challenge.
  • Emcee your virtual party.
  • Provide a student with school announcements; let them create a video that puts their personal spin on it!

9. Virtual Talent Show 🎤

A virtual talent show can be conducted live, or, even better, over social media! Create a hashtag for students and prompts for them to share, like…

  • Sing their favorite song.
  • Perform a dance.
  • Show off a martial arts move.

10. Silly School Leader 😂

This reward is not for the faint-of-heart! With that said, there’s something magical about a trusted adult doing something truly silly for students to enjoy. Here are some of the best versions we’ve seen:

  • Let a student pick a TikTok dance to do in front of the whole school.
  • Let a student pick a wacky haircut or hair color to debut – live!
  • Let a student write a funny (and appropriate!) message to be recorded and shared with the school.

More Tips for Virtual Rewards

Create a process for how rewards will be redeemed using LiveSchool points. For example:

  • Rewards are redeemable every other Friday.
  • Two days before (Wednesday), the Assistant Principal will share an update with the latest rewards options available.
  • One day before (Thursday), students should email their homeroom teacher with their reward selection!

You can determine pricing by reviewing student points balances. You can use student bank account balances to determine appropriate prices 

In LiveSchool, you can…

And of course, plan for the logistics of your reward. A helpful approach: Who? What? When? Where? How? Coordinate with your team for a smooth and engaging experience!

Share Your Ideas!

We'd love to hear from you – how are you maintaining fun and celebration during distance learning? Share your ideas with @whyliveschool!

No items found.

About the Event

Fun still matters! 🎉

One of the biggest tragedies of Covid-19 is the fun that students will not get to have with trusted adults. There is no greater feeling than weeks of hard work capped off with a huge celebration. Whether it’s a field trip, a dance, a House party, or whatever makes your school unique, we all love to have fun with our students.

That hasn’t changed. How many of us have had a Zoom party with our friends? Done a fitness lesson over video? Watched a live concert? As human beings, we love connecting with others. Add that to the list of things that Covid-19 can’t change.

We have to think outside the box about how we create celebrations and rewards for our students’ hard work. We will need to get creative and use digital tools to replicate some of the magic of our in-person live events. We will need to enlist parents, to help bring important celebrations home to students in a meaningful way.

At the end of the day, a big part of what makes a school celebration fun is the opportunity to see trusted adults letting loose and having fun. Students light up to see their Principal with a pie on their face. Or when a favorite teacher attempts a favorite TikTok dance. Our imagination has always been key to celebrating progress in a way that inspires students. That’s still true today.

Let’s look at 10 ideas you and your team can put into practice to make this time as fun and rewarding as possible for students. Rewards with an asterisk (*) have a financial cost – the rest can be done for free or on a low budget:

1. Host a Virtual Party 🎶

This reward can be run for a homeroom, a grade, a house, or an entire school. Plan an agenda that will be fun for students, like:

  • Invite students to wear school or House colors
  • Sing your school song or House chants
  • Fun updates or shoutouts from designated school leaders
  • Do a dance together (Not sure? Ask a student what’s popular!)

Remember – short and sweet is better than an awkward ending. Leave students excited for the next party with a fun, planned agenda.

2. Lunch with Teacher 👋🏼

Technology gives us the amazing opportunity to have a 1:1, or small group, lunch with students. Students can redeem this reward to have lunch with a favorite teacher or school leader over video chat.

  • Use this time to build or maintain your relationship.
  • Learn about how students are spending their time – favorite music, video games, or hobbies.
  • Share age-appropriate updates on how you are adjusting to more time at home.
  • Bonus: If your budget allows, this reward can include food delivered to the student!

3. In-Person Party 🚗

By now, you have probably seen amazing videos of “drive by” birthday parties and distance celebrations. There are many safe options for reconnecting with students face-to-face:

  • Create a caravan of teachers to parade by students’ homes with music, costumes, or just a big smile and wave.
  • Have a distanced visit to a student’s home to create some personal connection.
  • If your team includes a natural performer, you can even create a reward for an in-person song or dance.

4*. Video Game Rewards 🎮

We can’t deny it – video games are part of our students’ lives. Many video games have “bucks” that students can use to redeem new rewards or accessories in the game. Fortnite V-Bucks are one of the most in-demand with students today. You can also ask your students for what games they love.

5*. Food Delivery Gift Cards 🍔

If your community has access to companies like Postmates, UberEats, and Doordash, these companies offer gift cards that can be a great way to reward students with their favorite restaurants during a time that they may have less ability to dine in. If your community has favorite restaurants, bookstores, or toy stores, these are also great opportunities.

6*. Raffle 🎟️

Raffles are a great way to reward students. In a raffle, the more tickets a student buys, the better their chances of winning! Here are things to consider when raffling:

  • Survey students for exciting items. Big ticket items like an iPad Mini or popular headphones can draw student excitement.
  • Consider recruiting support from local businesses to purchase the items.
  • Market your raffle continuously on social media. Encourage teachers to mention the raffle during check-ins and communications with students.
  • When it’s time to raffle the items, make a big deal of it! A great approach is to create a video of drawing the winner so that every student can take part in the suspense.

7*. Creativity Care Package 🎨

This is a stressful time for students, and a care package can give them the tools to release their energy. Think about constructive toys or supplies like puzzles, sidewalk chalk, or cards. Encourage students to share a picture of what they do with their creativity!

8. Social Media Takeover 💁🏽

Invite a student to create content to share on your official school social media! There are endless ways to use this reward – here are just a few ideas:

  • An age-appropriate TikTok challenge.
  • Emcee your virtual party.
  • Provide a student with school announcements; let them create a video that puts their personal spin on it!

9. Virtual Talent Show 🎤

A virtual talent show can be conducted live, or, even better, over social media! Create a hashtag for students and prompts for them to share, like…

  • Sing their favorite song.
  • Perform a dance.
  • Show off a martial arts move.

10. Silly School Leader 😂

This reward is not for the faint-of-heart! With that said, there’s something magical about a trusted adult doing something truly silly for students to enjoy. Here are some of the best versions we’ve seen:

  • Let a student pick a TikTok dance to do in front of the whole school.
  • Let a student pick a wacky haircut or hair color to debut – live!
  • Let a student write a funny (and appropriate!) message to be recorded and shared with the school.

More Tips for Virtual Rewards

Create a process for how rewards will be redeemed using LiveSchool points. For example:

  • Rewards are redeemable every other Friday.
  • Two days before (Wednesday), the Assistant Principal will share an update with the latest rewards options available.
  • One day before (Thursday), students should email their homeroom teacher with their reward selection!

You can determine pricing by reviewing student points balances. You can use student bank account balances to determine appropriate prices 

In LiveSchool, you can…

And of course, plan for the logistics of your reward. A helpful approach: Who? What? When? Where? How? Coordinate with your team for a smooth and engaging experience!

Share Your Ideas!

We'd love to hear from you – how are you maintaining fun and celebration during distance learning? Share your ideas with @whyliveschool!

Register Now

About the Event

Fun still matters! 🎉

One of the biggest tragedies of Covid-19 is the fun that students will not get to have with trusted adults. There is no greater feeling than weeks of hard work capped off with a huge celebration. Whether it’s a field trip, a dance, a House party, or whatever makes your school unique, we all love to have fun with our students.

That hasn’t changed. How many of us have had a Zoom party with our friends? Done a fitness lesson over video? Watched a live concert? As human beings, we love connecting with others. Add that to the list of things that Covid-19 can’t change.

We have to think outside the box about how we create celebrations and rewards for our students’ hard work. We will need to get creative and use digital tools to replicate some of the magic of our in-person live events. We will need to enlist parents, to help bring important celebrations home to students in a meaningful way.

At the end of the day, a big part of what makes a school celebration fun is the opportunity to see trusted adults letting loose and having fun. Students light up to see their Principal with a pie on their face. Or when a favorite teacher attempts a favorite TikTok dance. Our imagination has always been key to celebrating progress in a way that inspires students. That’s still true today.

Let’s look at 10 ideas you and your team can put into practice to make this time as fun and rewarding as possible for students. Rewards with an asterisk (*) have a financial cost – the rest can be done for free or on a low budget:

1. Host a Virtual Party 🎶

This reward can be run for a homeroom, a grade, a house, or an entire school. Plan an agenda that will be fun for students, like:

  • Invite students to wear school or House colors
  • Sing your school song or House chants
  • Fun updates or shoutouts from designated school leaders
  • Do a dance together (Not sure? Ask a student what’s popular!)

Remember – short and sweet is better than an awkward ending. Leave students excited for the next party with a fun, planned agenda.

2. Lunch with Teacher 👋🏼

Technology gives us the amazing opportunity to have a 1:1, or small group, lunch with students. Students can redeem this reward to have lunch with a favorite teacher or school leader over video chat.

  • Use this time to build or maintain your relationship.
  • Learn about how students are spending their time – favorite music, video games, or hobbies.
  • Share age-appropriate updates on how you are adjusting to more time at home.
  • Bonus: If your budget allows, this reward can include food delivered to the student!

3. In-Person Party 🚗

By now, you have probably seen amazing videos of “drive by” birthday parties and distance celebrations. There are many safe options for reconnecting with students face-to-face:

  • Create a caravan of teachers to parade by students’ homes with music, costumes, or just a big smile and wave.
  • Have a distanced visit to a student’s home to create some personal connection.
  • If your team includes a natural performer, you can even create a reward for an in-person song or dance.

4*. Video Game Rewards 🎮

We can’t deny it – video games are part of our students’ lives. Many video games have “bucks” that students can use to redeem new rewards or accessories in the game. Fortnite V-Bucks are one of the most in-demand with students today. You can also ask your students for what games they love.

5*. Food Delivery Gift Cards 🍔

If your community has access to companies like Postmates, UberEats, and Doordash, these companies offer gift cards that can be a great way to reward students with their favorite restaurants during a time that they may have less ability to dine in. If your community has favorite restaurants, bookstores, or toy stores, these are also great opportunities.

6*. Raffle 🎟️

Raffles are a great way to reward students. In a raffle, the more tickets a student buys, the better their chances of winning! Here are things to consider when raffling:

  • Survey students for exciting items. Big ticket items like an iPad Mini or popular headphones can draw student excitement.
  • Consider recruiting support from local businesses to purchase the items.
  • Market your raffle continuously on social media. Encourage teachers to mention the raffle during check-ins and communications with students.
  • When it’s time to raffle the items, make a big deal of it! A great approach is to create a video of drawing the winner so that every student can take part in the suspense.

7*. Creativity Care Package 🎨

This is a stressful time for students, and a care package can give them the tools to release their energy. Think about constructive toys or supplies like puzzles, sidewalk chalk, or cards. Encourage students to share a picture of what they do with their creativity!

8. Social Media Takeover 💁🏽

Invite a student to create content to share on your official school social media! There are endless ways to use this reward – here are just a few ideas:

  • An age-appropriate TikTok challenge.
  • Emcee your virtual party.
  • Provide a student with school announcements; let them create a video that puts their personal spin on it!

9. Virtual Talent Show 🎤

A virtual talent show can be conducted live, or, even better, over social media! Create a hashtag for students and prompts for them to share, like…

  • Sing their favorite song.
  • Perform a dance.
  • Show off a martial arts move.

10. Silly School Leader 😂

This reward is not for the faint-of-heart! With that said, there’s something magical about a trusted adult doing something truly silly for students to enjoy. Here are some of the best versions we’ve seen:

  • Let a student pick a TikTok dance to do in front of the whole school.
  • Let a student pick a wacky haircut or hair color to debut – live!
  • Let a student write a funny (and appropriate!) message to be recorded and shared with the school.

More Tips for Virtual Rewards

Create a process for how rewards will be redeemed using LiveSchool points. For example:

  • Rewards are redeemable every other Friday.
  • Two days before (Wednesday), the Assistant Principal will share an update with the latest rewards options available.
  • One day before (Thursday), students should email their homeroom teacher with their reward selection!

You can determine pricing by reviewing student points balances. You can use student bank account balances to determine appropriate prices 

In LiveSchool, you can…

And of course, plan for the logistics of your reward. A helpful approach: Who? What? When? Where? How? Coordinate with your team for a smooth and engaging experience!

Share Your Ideas!

We'd love to hear from you – how are you maintaining fun and celebration during distance learning? Share your ideas with @whyliveschool!

About the Presenter

You know what they teamwork makes the dream work. These articles have been written by the wonderful members of our team.

Celebrate hard work with your students during distance and virtual learning using these free and low-cost reward ideas!

Fun still matters! 🎉

One of the biggest tragedies of Covid-19 is the fun that students will not get to have with trusted adults. There is no greater feeling than weeks of hard work capped off with a huge celebration. Whether it’s a field trip, a dance, a House party, or whatever makes your school unique, we all love to have fun with our students.

That hasn’t changed. How many of us have had a Zoom party with our friends? Done a fitness lesson over video? Watched a live concert? As human beings, we love connecting with others. Add that to the list of things that Covid-19 can’t change.

We have to think outside the box about how we create celebrations and rewards for our students’ hard work. We will need to get creative and use digital tools to replicate some of the magic of our in-person live events. We will need to enlist parents, to help bring important celebrations home to students in a meaningful way.

At the end of the day, a big part of what makes a school celebration fun is the opportunity to see trusted adults letting loose and having fun. Students light up to see their Principal with a pie on their face. Or when a favorite teacher attempts a favorite TikTok dance. Our imagination has always been key to celebrating progress in a way that inspires students. That’s still true today.

Let’s look at 10 ideas you and your team can put into practice to make this time as fun and rewarding as possible for students. Rewards with an asterisk (*) have a financial cost – the rest can be done for free or on a low budget:

1. Host a Virtual Party 🎶

This reward can be run for a homeroom, a grade, a house, or an entire school. Plan an agenda that will be fun for students, like:

  • Invite students to wear school or House colors
  • Sing your school song or House chants
  • Fun updates or shoutouts from designated school leaders
  • Do a dance together (Not sure? Ask a student what’s popular!)

Remember – short and sweet is better than an awkward ending. Leave students excited for the next party with a fun, planned agenda.

2. Lunch with Teacher 👋🏼

Technology gives us the amazing opportunity to have a 1:1, or small group, lunch with students. Students can redeem this reward to have lunch with a favorite teacher or school leader over video chat.

  • Use this time to build or maintain your relationship.
  • Learn about how students are spending their time – favorite music, video games, or hobbies.
  • Share age-appropriate updates on how you are adjusting to more time at home.
  • Bonus: If your budget allows, this reward can include food delivered to the student!

3. In-Person Party 🚗

By now, you have probably seen amazing videos of “drive by” birthday parties and distance celebrations. There are many safe options for reconnecting with students face-to-face:

  • Create a caravan of teachers to parade by students’ homes with music, costumes, or just a big smile and wave.
  • Have a distanced visit to a student’s home to create some personal connection.
  • If your team includes a natural performer, you can even create a reward for an in-person song or dance.

4*. Video Game Rewards 🎮

We can’t deny it – video games are part of our students’ lives. Many video games have “bucks” that students can use to redeem new rewards or accessories in the game. Fortnite V-Bucks are one of the most in-demand with students today. You can also ask your students for what games they love.

5*. Food Delivery Gift Cards 🍔

If your community has access to companies like Postmates, UberEats, and Doordash, these companies offer gift cards that can be a great way to reward students with their favorite restaurants during a time that they may have less ability to dine in. If your community has favorite restaurants, bookstores, or toy stores, these are also great opportunities.

6*. Raffle 🎟️

Raffles are a great way to reward students. In a raffle, the more tickets a student buys, the better their chances of winning! Here are things to consider when raffling:

  • Survey students for exciting items. Big ticket items like an iPad Mini or popular headphones can draw student excitement.
  • Consider recruiting support from local businesses to purchase the items.
  • Market your raffle continuously on social media. Encourage teachers to mention the raffle during check-ins and communications with students.
  • When it’s time to raffle the items, make a big deal of it! A great approach is to create a video of drawing the winner so that every student can take part in the suspense.

7*. Creativity Care Package 🎨

This is a stressful time for students, and a care package can give them the tools to release their energy. Think about constructive toys or supplies like puzzles, sidewalk chalk, or cards. Encourage students to share a picture of what they do with their creativity!

8. Social Media Takeover 💁🏽

Invite a student to create content to share on your official school social media! There are endless ways to use this reward – here are just a few ideas:

  • An age-appropriate TikTok challenge.
  • Emcee your virtual party.
  • Provide a student with school announcements; let them create a video that puts their personal spin on it!

9. Virtual Talent Show 🎤

A virtual talent show can be conducted live, or, even better, over social media! Create a hashtag for students and prompts for them to share, like…

  • Sing their favorite song.
  • Perform a dance.
  • Show off a martial arts move.

10. Silly School Leader 😂

This reward is not for the faint-of-heart! With that said, there’s something magical about a trusted adult doing something truly silly for students to enjoy. Here are some of the best versions we’ve seen:

  • Let a student pick a TikTok dance to do in front of the whole school.
  • Let a student pick a wacky haircut or hair color to debut – live!
  • Let a student write a funny (and appropriate!) message to be recorded and shared with the school.

More Tips for Virtual Rewards

Create a process for how rewards will be redeemed using LiveSchool points. For example:

  • Rewards are redeemable every other Friday.
  • Two days before (Wednesday), the Assistant Principal will share an update with the latest rewards options available.
  • One day before (Thursday), students should email their homeroom teacher with their reward selection!

You can determine pricing by reviewing student points balances. You can use student bank account balances to determine appropriate prices 

In LiveSchool, you can…

And of course, plan for the logistics of your reward. A helpful approach: Who? What? When? Where? How? Coordinate with your team for a smooth and engaging experience!

Share Your Ideas!

We'd love to hear from you – how are you maintaining fun and celebration during distance learning? Share your ideas with @whyliveschool!

All Reward Ideas for Students

🎉
👑
🎁
Extra Computer Games
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Design the Bulletin Board
Grades K-12
Class/House
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Positive Note or Call Home
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
STEM Field Day
Grades K-8
School
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
House Induction
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Sweatshirt
Grades K-12
Student
Tangible
Deluxe
🎉
👑
🎁
Donate $1
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Lunch Reservations
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Be a Comedian.
Grades 6-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Classroom DJ
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Family Feast
Grades K-8
Class/House
Event
Deluxe
🎉
👑
🎁
Hat Pass
Grades 6-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Partner Work
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Certificate of Achievement
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Graduation Celebration
Grades 6-12
School
Event
Deluxe
🎉
👑
🎁
Drop Lowest Quiz
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free

All Reward Ideas for Elementary School Students

🎉
👑
🎁
Lunch Reservations
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Picnic Lunch
Grades K-12
Class/House
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Classroom DJ
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Student Messenger
Grades 3-8
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Seating Choice
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Brain Break
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Show & Tell
Grades K-8
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Holiday Delivery
Grades K-12
Student
Tangible
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Class Book
Grades K-5
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Sweatshirt
Grades K-12
Student
Tangible
Deluxe
🎉
👑
🎁
Camp Read Away
Grades K-8
Class/House
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Special Screening
Grades K-12
School
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Virtual Talent Show. 🎤
Grades 3-12
Class/House
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Stickers
Grades K-5
Student
Tangible
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Student Spotlight Board
Grades K-5
Student
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Snacks
Grades K-12
Student
Tangible
Low Cost/DIY

All Event Ideas for Schools

All Free Reward Ideas for Schools

🎉
👑
🎁
Podcast
🎉
👑
🎁
Special Screening
🎉
👑
🎁
Class Book
🎉
👑
🎁
Game of Thrones
🎉
👑
🎁
Tech Time
🎉
👑
🎁
Lunch Concert
🎉
👑
🎁
Art Contest
🎉
👑
🎁
Partner Work

All Reward Ideas for High School Students

🎉
👑
🎁
Partner Work
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Firebird of the Month
Grades K-12
Student
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Lost & Found Fashion Show
Grades 9-12
School
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Virtual Talent Show. 🎤
Grades 3-12
Class/House
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Decades Party
Grades 6-12
School
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Holidays Around the World
Grades K-12
School
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Food-Themed Party
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Get-to-Know-You Bingo
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Holiday Classroom Carousel
Grades 9-12
School
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Snacks
Grades K-12
Student
Tangible
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Host a Virtual Party. 🎶
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Water Bottle Stickers
Grades 6-12
Student
Tangible
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Emcee the Announcements
Grades 6-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Books
Grades K-12
Student
Tangible
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Career Day
Grades 3-12
School
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Silent Disco
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Event
Low Cost/DIY

All Reward Ideas for Middle School Students

🎉
👑
🎁
Talk Time
Grades 6-8
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Silent Disco
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Awards Show Afterparty
Grades 6-12
School
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Holiday Delivery
Grades K-12
Student
Tangible
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Silly School Leader
Grades 6-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Brain Break
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Special Screening
Grades K-12
School
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Tutor
Grades 6-8
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Art Contest
Grades 3-12
Class/House
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Final Fridays
Grades K-8
School
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Hat Pass
Grades 6-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Holidays Around the World
Grades K-12
School
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Emcee the Announcements
Grades 6-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Class Pet
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Deluxe
🎉
👑
🎁
Kickback Vibes
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Teacher v Student Competition
Grades 6-12
School
Privilege
Free

All Student Reward & Incentive Ideas

💰
🎨
Game of Thrones
Grades K-5
Student
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
School Spirit Day
Grades K-12
School
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Brain Break
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Tutor
Grades 6-8
Student
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Silly School Leader
Grades 6-12
Student
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
♟️Chess With the Principal
Grades 6-12
Student
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
💰
🎨
Snack Pack
Grades K-12
Student
Tangible
Low Cost/DIY
💰
🎨
Snacks
Grades K-12
Student
Tangible
Low Cost/DIY
💰
🎨
Lunch Concert
Grades 6-8
Class/House
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Class Pet
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Deluxe
💰
🎨
Special Screening
Grades K-12
School
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Play Games
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Teacher v Student Competition
Grades 6-12
School
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Silly Science Experiments
Grades K-5
Class/House
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
💰
🎨
Teacher for the Day
Grades 6-12
Student
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Extra Recess
Grades K-5
Class/House
Privilege
Free

All Virtual Reward Ideas for Schools

🎉
👑
🎁
Social Media Reporter
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Certificate of Achievement
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Morning Meeting Leader
Grades 3-8
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Brain Break
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Virtual Field Trip
Grades K-12
Class/House
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Host a Virtual Party. 🎶
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Stickers
Grades K-5
Student
Tangible
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Podcast
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Positive Note or Call Home
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Digital Escape Rooms
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Privilege
Deluxe
🎉
👑
🎁
Classroom DJ
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Teacher Q&A
Grades K-12
Class/House
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Student Spotlight Board
Grades K-5
Student
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Virtual Talent Show. 🎤
Grades 3-12
Class/House
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Donate $1
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Show & Tell
Grades K-8
Student
Privilege
Free
See all Rewards

Want more ideas?

Rewards that Rock 🎸 has 100+ rewards, incentives, and event ideas to build your school culture.
Find Rewards
Learn more about the author, 
The Liveschool Team
 

Celebrate hard work with your students during distance and virtual learning using these free and low-cost reward ideas!

Fun still matters! 🎉

One of the biggest tragedies of Covid-19 is the fun that students will not get to have with trusted adults. There is no greater feeling than weeks of hard work capped off with a huge celebration. Whether it’s a field trip, a dance, a House party, or whatever makes your school unique, we all love to have fun with our students.

That hasn’t changed. How many of us have had a Zoom party with our friends? Done a fitness lesson over video? Watched a live concert? As human beings, we love connecting with others. Add that to the list of things that Covid-19 can’t change.

We have to think outside the box about how we create celebrations and rewards for our students’ hard work. We will need to get creative and use digital tools to replicate some of the magic of our in-person live events. We will need to enlist parents, to help bring important celebrations home to students in a meaningful way.

At the end of the day, a big part of what makes a school celebration fun is the opportunity to see trusted adults letting loose and having fun. Students light up to see their Principal with a pie on their face. Or when a favorite teacher attempts a favorite TikTok dance. Our imagination has always been key to celebrating progress in a way that inspires students. That’s still true today.

Let’s look at 10 ideas you and your team can put into practice to make this time as fun and rewarding as possible for students. Rewards with an asterisk (*) have a financial cost – the rest can be done for free or on a low budget:

1. Host a Virtual Party 🎶

This reward can be run for a homeroom, a grade, a house, or an entire school. Plan an agenda that will be fun for students, like:

  • Invite students to wear school or House colors
  • Sing your school song or House chants
  • Fun updates or shoutouts from designated school leaders
  • Do a dance together (Not sure? Ask a student what’s popular!)

Remember – short and sweet is better than an awkward ending. Leave students excited for the next party with a fun, planned agenda.

2. Lunch with Teacher 👋🏼

Technology gives us the amazing opportunity to have a 1:1, or small group, lunch with students. Students can redeem this reward to have lunch with a favorite teacher or school leader over video chat.

  • Use this time to build or maintain your relationship.
  • Learn about how students are spending their time – favorite music, video games, or hobbies.
  • Share age-appropriate updates on how you are adjusting to more time at home.
  • Bonus: If your budget allows, this reward can include food delivered to the student!

3. In-Person Party 🚗

By now, you have probably seen amazing videos of “drive by” birthday parties and distance celebrations. There are many safe options for reconnecting with students face-to-face:

  • Create a caravan of teachers to parade by students’ homes with music, costumes, or just a big smile and wave.
  • Have a distanced visit to a student’s home to create some personal connection.
  • If your team includes a natural performer, you can even create a reward for an in-person song or dance.

4*. Video Game Rewards 🎮

We can’t deny it – video games are part of our students’ lives. Many video games have “bucks” that students can use to redeem new rewards or accessories in the game. Fortnite V-Bucks are one of the most in-demand with students today. You can also ask your students for what games they love.

5*. Food Delivery Gift Cards 🍔

If your community has access to companies like Postmates, UberEats, and Doordash, these companies offer gift cards that can be a great way to reward students with their favorite restaurants during a time that they may have less ability to dine in. If your community has favorite restaurants, bookstores, or toy stores, these are also great opportunities.

6*. Raffle 🎟️

Raffles are a great way to reward students. In a raffle, the more tickets a student buys, the better their chances of winning! Here are things to consider when raffling:

  • Survey students for exciting items. Big ticket items like an iPad Mini or popular headphones can draw student excitement.
  • Consider recruiting support from local businesses to purchase the items.
  • Market your raffle continuously on social media. Encourage teachers to mention the raffle during check-ins and communications with students.
  • When it’s time to raffle the items, make a big deal of it! A great approach is to create a video of drawing the winner so that every student can take part in the suspense.

7*. Creativity Care Package 🎨

This is a stressful time for students, and a care package can give them the tools to release their energy. Think about constructive toys or supplies like puzzles, sidewalk chalk, or cards. Encourage students to share a picture of what they do with their creativity!

8. Social Media Takeover 💁🏽

Invite a student to create content to share on your official school social media! There are endless ways to use this reward – here are just a few ideas:

  • An age-appropriate TikTok challenge.
  • Emcee your virtual party.
  • Provide a student with school announcements; let them create a video that puts their personal spin on it!

9. Virtual Talent Show 🎤

A virtual talent show can be conducted live, or, even better, over social media! Create a hashtag for students and prompts for them to share, like…

  • Sing their favorite song.
  • Perform a dance.
  • Show off a martial arts move.

10. Silly School Leader 😂

This reward is not for the faint-of-heart! With that said, there’s something magical about a trusted adult doing something truly silly for students to enjoy. Here are some of the best versions we’ve seen:

  • Let a student pick a TikTok dance to do in front of the whole school.
  • Let a student pick a wacky haircut or hair color to debut – live!
  • Let a student write a funny (and appropriate!) message to be recorded and shared with the school.

More Tips for Virtual Rewards

Create a process for how rewards will be redeemed using LiveSchool points. For example:

  • Rewards are redeemable every other Friday.
  • Two days before (Wednesday), the Assistant Principal will share an update with the latest rewards options available.
  • One day before (Thursday), students should email their homeroom teacher with their reward selection!

You can determine pricing by reviewing student points balances. You can use student bank account balances to determine appropriate prices 

In LiveSchool, you can…

And of course, plan for the logistics of your reward. A helpful approach: Who? What? When? Where? How? Coordinate with your team for a smooth and engaging experience!

Share Your Ideas!

We'd love to hear from you – how are you maintaining fun and celebration during distance learning? Share your ideas with @whyliveschool!

All Reward Ideas for Students

🎉
👑
🎁
Video Game Rewards
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Extra Reading Time
Grades K-5
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Be a Comedian.
Grades 6-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
♟️Chess With the Principal
Grades 6-12
Student
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Books
Grades K-12
Student
Tangible
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Ice Cream Sundae Party
Grades K-12
Class/House
Event
Deluxe
🎉
👑
🎁
Snack Pack
Grades K-12
Student
Tangible
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Water Bottle Stickers
Grades 6-12
Student
Tangible
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
The Love Soiree
Grades 6-12
School
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Music Fest
Grades 9-12
School
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Homework Pass
Grades 6-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Game Week
Grades 9-12
School
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Special Pen
Grades K-5
Student
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Podcast
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Get-to-Know-You Bingo
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Student Messenger
Grades 3-8
Student
Privilege
Free

All Reward Ideas for Elementary School Students

🎉
👑
🎁
Movie Posters
Grades 3-12
Student
Tangible
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Snack Party
Grades 3-12
Class/House
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Extra Computer Games
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Extra Reading Time
Grades K-5
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Social Media Reporter
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Art Contest
Grades 3-12
Class/House
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Virtual Field Trip
Grades K-12
Class/House
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Student Messenger
Grades 3-8
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Brain Break
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Theme Party
Grades K-8
Class/House
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Career Day
Grades 3-12
School
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Special Screening
Grades K-12
School
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Camp Read Away
Grades K-8
Class/House
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Podcast
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
School Assembly
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Classroom DJ
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free

All Event Ideas for Schools

All Free Reward Ideas for Schools

🎉
👑
🎁
Seating Choice
🎉
👑
🎁
School Assembly
🎉
👑
🎁
Show & Tell
🎉
👑
🎁
Blood Drive
🎉
👑
🎁
Talk Time
🎉
👑
🎁
Tutor
🎉
👑
🎁
Homework Pass
🎉
👑
🎁
Extra Reading Time
🎉
👑
🎁
Stairway Messages
🎉
👑
🎁
Play Games
🎉
👑
🎁
Camp Read Away
🎉
👑
🎁
Meme Party

All Reward Ideas for High School Students

🎉
👑
🎁
Podcast
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Positive Note or Call Home
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Career Day
Grades 3-12
School
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Play Games
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Stairway Messages
Grades 9-12
Class/House
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Free Dress
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Lunch Reservations
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Teacher v Student Competition
Grades 6-12
School
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Meme Party
Grades 6-12
School
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
School Supplies & Merch
Grades K-12
Student
Tangible
Deluxe
🎉
👑
🎁
Early Lunch Dismissal
Grades 9-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Sports Tickets
Grades 3-12
Student
Tangible
Deluxe
🎉
👑
🎁
Movie Posters
Grades 3-12
Student
Tangible
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Silent Disco
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Decades Party
Grades 6-12
School
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Partner Work
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free

All Reward Ideas for Middle School Students

🎉
👑
🎁
Family Feast
Grades K-8
Class/House
Event
Deluxe
🎉
👑
🎁
Decades Party
Grades 6-12
School
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
School Assembly
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Sweatshirt
Grades K-12
Student
Tangible
Deluxe
🎉
👑
🎁
School Spirit Day
Grades K-12
School
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Uber by a Principal
Grades 6-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Get-to-Know-You Bingo
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Meet the Teacher
Grades K-8
School
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Hat Pass
Grades 6-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Digital Escape Rooms
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Privilege
Deluxe
🎉
👑
🎁
Certificate of Achievement
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
School Supplies & Merch
Grades K-12
Student
Tangible
Deluxe
🎉
👑
🎁
Virtual Talent Show. 🎤
Grades 3-12
Class/House
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Picnic Lunch
Grades K-12
Class/House
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Technology
Grades 6-12
Student
Tangible
Deluxe
🎉
👑
🎁
Graduation Celebration
Grades 6-12
School
Event
Deluxe

All Student Reward & Incentive Ideas

💰
🎨
Technology
Grades 6-12
Student
Tangible
Deluxe
💰
🎨
Seating Choice
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Student Spotlight Board
Grades K-5
Student
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
💰
🎨
Partner Work
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Emcee the Announcements
Grades 6-12
Student
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Play Games
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Free Dress
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Extra Computer Games
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Be a Comedian.
Grades 6-12
Student
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Early Lunch Dismissal
Grades 9-12
Student
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Parking Spots
Grades 9-12
Student
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Drop Lowest Quiz
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Positive Note or Call Home
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Morning Meeting Leader
Grades 3-8
Student
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Class Jobs
Grades 3-8
Student
Privilege
Free
💰
🎨
Homework Pass
Grades 6-12
Student
Privilege
Free

All Virtual Reward Ideas for Schools

🎉
👑
🎁
Virtual Talent Show. 🎤
Grades 3-12
Class/House
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Podcast
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Teacher Q&A
Grades K-12
Class/House
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Extra Computer Games
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Donate $1
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Certificate of Achievement
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Show & Tell
Grades K-8
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Classroom DJ
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Social Media Reporter
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Student Spotlight Board
Grades K-5
Student
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Brain Break
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Digital Escape Rooms
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Privilege
Deluxe
🎉
👑
🎁
Virtual Field Trip
Grades K-12
Class/House
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Host a Virtual Party. 🎶
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Morning Meeting Leader
Grades 3-8
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Stickers
Grades K-5
Student
Tangible
Low Cost/DIY
See all Rewards

Want more ideas?

Rewards that Rock 🎸 has 100+ rewards, incentives, and event ideas to build your school culture.
Find Rewards
Learn more about the author, 
The Liveschool Team
 

Subscribe via Email

Receive the best school culture resources monthly to inspire your planning.

Related Resources

-