Back to School Means Opportunities for Educators

Author: Vanessa Davidson

The days of summer are winding down and all signs point to students, parents, teachers and administrators gearing up for another school year.

Planning for the return has been underway for months by school staffs who ensure everything is ready -  from the look of a school to improving safety to having more efficient ways to communicate messages about programs, awards, people, safety and events.

Here are some of the ways that FASTSIGNS has helped schools improve the return to school.

Cover Eyesores and Create a Space to Communicate

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There are many places in and around a school where signs and graphics can be added to cover an eyesore, such as a dumpster situated near the student pick up lane, an unsightly trash can, uneven brick wall or a worn table top.


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Once you start imagining the possibilities for converting these blank spaces into communication platforms, it’s not hard to see all of the opportunities around you.

Share School Culture and Educate with Wall Graphics

Wall graphics can help create a sense of community and provide learning opportunities.

“Walls can be one of the most underutilized space in schools,” said Drue Townsend, Senior VP of Marketing, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. “With so many walls in classrooms, hallways and auditoriums, why not put messages on them to inspire and educate?”

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Wall graphics depicting school colors and aspirational messages can set the tone upon arrival; material being taught can be reinforced with processes or steps displayed.  

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Communicate Timely Messages with Interactive Mediums

Digital signs help you communicate a variety of messages on the same or different screens, and engage with motion (and if desired, sound). SMS Text programs put important messages in the hands of your subscribers and are opened much quicker than email messages are read.

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Recognize and Thank People

It’s important to find ways to recognize and thank the people and companies that support your school by providing time, money or other aid. Setting up an honor or donor wall is a great way of sharing student and faculty achievements and thanking  donors, and these custom displays can be created with many different materials to make them unique and memorable.

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Other Places Signs and Graphics Can Add Value to a School

There are many other places throughout a school or campus where signs and graphics can be used to improve the experience.  Once you start imagining the possibilities for converting these blank spaces into learning and communication opportunities, it’s easy to understand the potential impact.

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