What is an Assembly?
School assemblies are festive whole school or grade gatherings held in a large common space like the auditorium, gym, or cafeteria. They provide a key venue to share information, build community momentum to work towards a common goal. School assemblies are a great way to kick off a program or new Challenge or Contest at a school. Schools may choose to hire professionals to hold the assembly or have students and teachers act out a play. Themes should be tied to school programs or class lessons.
Resources for Assemblies about Climate Change, Traffic Safety, Bicycle and Walking Skills:
- Alliance for Climate Education has a free Climate Change Assembly for high schools. It provides a straightforward explanation of climate change and a call-to-action for students to get involved in Green Teams and climate groups in schools.
- Cool the Earth’s kick-off assembly teaches elementary students about the human causes of climate change and their consequences. The story connects the students’ actions and carbon emissions, climate change, and healthy ecosystems. Students learn that they can be part of the solution to climate change.
- In Alameda County, The Big Tadoo Puppet Crew performs "A Breath of Fresh Air Puppet Show" for students to kick off a Safe Routes to School campaign. The assembly teaches students about walking and bicycling safely, making smart decisions, reducing pollution, and creating strong and healthy communities.
- In Contra Costa County, Street Smarts Diablo is an entertaining educational assembly providing bicycle safety education to elementary and middle schools, with evening Start Smart teen driving and rules of the road programs.
- Kaiser Permanente offers educational theater programs for free, including "The Best Me" Assembly about healthy eating and active living. They have published an Educator Guide and a Student Activity Guide full of complementary activities.