A HUG from Your School Counselor

I got the idea to give the staff at my school HUGS during the School Counselor Tweet Chat about collaboration.

Kelly (@KJohnson222), a school counselor who participated in the School Counselor Tweet Chat, mentioned that she puts Hershey's Kisses in the staff mailboxes at her school. She doesn't tell anyone it was her. She uses this as a moral booster.

I loved this idea! Our school is in definite need of a morale boost.

I decided to use Hershey's Hugs instead of Hershey's Kisses.

I made little cards that say "Thought you could use a HUG or two!" to use the play on words with the Hugs.  I put the card and two Hugs in each mailbox. I put an additional card and more Hugs near the sign in sheet.

I did not write on the cards that the Hugs were from me. :)

Just the act of giving Hugs boosted my morale and really made my Friday much better than usual! School has been very stressful and challenging lately. This was a great pick me up because it felt good doing something positive for everyone - even if they didn't know who did it!

I also got a Friday breakfast treat of pumpkin doughnut holes for the everyone in the student service suite area! Can you tell I was determined to have a good Friday?! ;) 

To make the little cards I printed the "Thought you could use a HUG or two!" message on card stock and cut it with my personal paper cutter. I made a PDF version of the "Thought you could use a HUG or two!" message for you to use at your school!

What do you do to boost morale at your school? Have you tried giving HUGS to your staff? What was the reaction? Comment below, tweetcontact Danielle, or share on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page!

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Connect with Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, add her on LinkedIn or Google+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.


  1. We call Block Parties to get everyone together for 15 minutes of fun to reconnect with one another and boost morale. We've had a hog-calling competition, for example, a turkey bowl (who knew you could use a frozen turkey instead of a bowling ball!), a sweet potato launch, a paper airplane contest, a balloon car race, those sorts of activities. Sometimes we even serve light refreshments, like caramel corn and apple cider, to add to the merriment. LOVE the HUGS idea!

  2. I love the hugs idea too! Thank you SO much for posting- my school could definitely use a morale boost too!

  3. Thanks Barabara! Your block party idea sounds like a lot of fun!

  4. Thanks Sharon! I will continue to post morale boosting ideas as I come up with them. :)

  5. I do something at the beginning of the year- usually cheap notepads from Target's dollar section, candy, or crayons. I give Oreo truffles at the holidays. And at testing time I give more treats with an inspirational/way to go message. The teachers love it and are so appreciative! It helps that I have a small school of 15 teachers.


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