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Founded in 2007 by three students from Monument Mountain Regional High School, Project Sprout began as a 3,500-square-foot student-run garden on school grounds. Created to provide fresh produce to both the school and community, the project tripled in size over the next few years and grew to include a fruit orchard.

The produce from the Great Barrington, Mass.-based garden is served almost daily in school lunches — local soup kitchens and homeless shelters also benefit from the bounty. The farm serves as educational tool for the community and inspires students to think about where food comes from.

Project Sprout


Founded in 2007 by three students from Monument Mountain Regional High School, Project Sprout began as a 3,500-square-foot student-run garden on school grounds. The farm serves as educational tool for the community and inspires students to think about where food comes from.

Student Servers

Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif., relies on students to keep the cafeteria running smoothly. Before class, students not only serve breakfast to fellow classmates, but also man the register and prep food for lunch.

Task include things like wrapping burgers for service and adding the finishing touches to lunch dishes made in the school’s kitchen. The program allows students to gain responsibility while earning a paycheck.

Student Run Café

What is the West Allis-West Milwaukee Classroom Café? It’s a Wisconsin-based outfit manned by teens from the local high schools (West Allis Nathan Hale High School and West Allis Central High School) before and after their classes. Situated on the first floor of the school administration building, the café serves breakfast and lunch and allows students to learn the logistics of running a food outlet. Offerings include bagels, subs, chili, and beverages.

Student Chefs

Eagle Café at Richardson High School in Texas teaches students what it truly means to be a chef. Teens are in charge of everything: creating the menu, preparing the food, taking orders from guests, cleaning up, and managing the budget.

Part of the culinary arts program at the Richardson, Texas, school, the café gives high school juniors hands-on restaurant experience. Open on Fridays, the restaurant serves lunch fare that includes Philly cheesesteaks, ricotta cheesecake, and turkey panini, among other items.

Cafeteria Food as Fuel

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Students participating in the New Science Energy Program at Booker T. Washington High School for Engineering Professions in Houston, Texas, have successfully turned cafeteria food scraps into gasoline. Using the MixAlco process created by Texas A&M chemical engineering professor Mark Holtzapple — and with the guidance from the high school engineering teacher Nghia Le — the students were, after trial and error, able to transform food waste into fuel, which proves that playing with your food is A-OK.

Completely Meatless

Based in San Francisco, Calif., the Jewish Community High School of the Bay cafeteria serves up organic, kosher, vegetarian meals for students. Featuring locally grown organic produce, all of the school’s meals are made in-house and are 100 percent free of meat. All waste is composted and utensils are biodegradable.

Big Brother

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Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., uses software specifically designed for school cafeteria settings. The program, created by Comalex, allows each student’s meal selections to be tracked, and dietary restrictions to be enforced if need be, providing a concrete weapon in the war on obesity. Bet doughnuts and chips seem a lot less tempting now…

Going Green

A new initiative will turn food scraps at Marcellus High School into compost. The elementary, middle, and high schools in the district have been separating garbage from food waste, and the food waste is then removed from school grounds to be composted. A partnership between the Marcellus, N.Y., school district and trash management giant Waste Management Inc., this program is estimated to save the district a few thousand dollars in annual fees for trash removal — green and budget-friendly.

Fish to School Program

Twice a month, students at Pacific High School in Sitka, Alaska, get to feast on local seafood. The initiative is a product of a partnership between the Sitka Conservation Society and the school, and was unveiled in February 2012. It will provide students with healthy, nutrient-rich fish dishes, while also supporting the local fishing industry.

Farm to Table/Student Farmers

Located in Vershire, Vt., The Mountain School of Milton Academy provides 45 students the opportunity to live and work on a farm each semester. Most of the food served to students comes directly from the farm, which produces fruit, veggies, meat, eggs and maple syrup.

The farm boasts a Harvest Kitchen, where students process food; a root cellar, where veggies are preserved; a squash and onion room, home to squash, onions, and garlic; and a walk-in fridge and freezer for beans, corn, and Brussels sprouts, among other veggies, and meat. The school takes the concept of farm-to-table literally, and students are involved in harvesting and preparing the food.

Student Run Café

What is the West Allis-West Milwaukee Classroom Caf? Its a Wisconsin-based outfit manned by teens from the local high schools (West Allis Nathan Hale High School and West Allis Central High School) before and after their classes. Situated on the first floor of the school administration building, the caf serves breakfast and lunch and allows students to learn the logistics of running a food outlet. Offerings include bagels, subs, chili, and beverages.

Fish to School Program

Twice a month, students at Pacific High School in Sitka, Alaska, get to feast on local seafood. It will provide students with healthy, nutrient-rich fish dishes, while also supporting the local fishing industry.

Balloon Photo Chandeliers

Tie photos of your grad and their friends to balloons to scatter throughout the party or in one area.

Photo Source: The Rug Seller


If your grad played on a team, put their jersey number on the cake, drinks, decorations—you name it. If they broke any school records, achieved personal bests, won trophies etc., place those around the party to show your pride.

Photo Source: Sugar Lump Cakes

Then and now

Show how far your grad has come with photos from kindergarten through today (a little embarrassment is ok). You can use photo boards, or even better, gather your guests to watch a heartwarming slideshow. Smilebox makes it easy for anyone to turn photos into a beautiful graduation slideshow in just a few minutes.

Smart cookie

Your grad worked hard—why not spoil your smart cookie with a milk-n-cookies bar? You can print their grad photo on the cookies, and entertain guests with a fun build-your-own-cookie station.

Photo source: GritandGracetx

“Oh the places you’ll go”

Put inspirational quotes and travel photos on centerpieces to inspire your grad and their peers. Post a map on the wall, and let everyone stick pins where they’ll be attending college. For those friends and family who can’t make the party, send a beautiful custom graduation card announcing your grad’s plans.

Photo Source: Gale Nation

High school or college colors

Let your high school’s colors and mascot be your guide, from the color of the balloons to the style of the invitations—and even in the food. Alternatively, show your loyalty to your grad’s new school with their college colors.


If your grad loves to read, decorate your high school graduation party with quotes from some of their favorite authors and books. Sprinkle gummy “book” worms all around, and gift guests a giveaway book on their way out.

Photo source: Pink Peppermint Prints


If your grad is headed to study finance, economics or business, get them in the money mindset with money-filled balloons, desserts rolled with dollar bills (real or edible) and chocolate coins. Because what grad doesn’t have money on their mind?

Photo Source: Foiled Again! Chocolate Coins via Pinterest


Like most high schoolers, your grad is likely on Instagram. Browse their graduation-related photos and hashtags to get inspiration for an Instagram-themed party that is sure to impress their friends.

Photo Credit: Kara’s Party Ideas


You can’t go wrong with a classic graduation party, decorated in black and gold, with caps, tassels, and diplomas galore. Whether you’re looking for something classic or cutting edge, Smilebox has a huge selection of high school graduation party invitation templates that are easy and fun to customize.

Graduation Party Desserts

1. Chocolate Covered Oreos

Chocolate covered oreos are delicious!

Here’s a fun way to incorporate your school colors or keep up your theme’s colors with these chocolate dipped oreos in a bucket of coordinating colored candies.

Get the sticks and bucket here:

2. S’more Bar

A s’more bar is perfect for an outdoor graduation party.

3. Cupcake Display

This rustic cupcake display is perfect for a rustic graduation party.

These are perfect to match with your theme’s colors.

4. Candy Bar

Candy bars are super cute and very easy to throw together. Here’s a couple of my favorite displays.

Get the one above with the supplies here:

5. Diploma Cookies

Such a cute way to display these cookies!

6. Strawberry Shortcake Kabob

These skewers with strawberry, angel food cake and drizzled in chocolate make for a perfect dessert platter.

7. Build Your Own Fruit Pizza

8. Graduation Cupcake Toppers

Graduation cap cupcake toppers are perfect for adding to any cupcake. Get them here:

9. One Smart Cookie Bar

What a great way to display cookies!

I especially love the containers used for holding all of the cookies.

10. Graduation Cap on a Stick

These graduation caps are so cute, and easy to make!

Instead of using a sour straw, you can find something that matches your theme’s colors.

11. Bucket of Freezies

Perfect for an outdoor graduation party!

12. Root Beer Float Bar

A root beer float bar is such a good idea for a dessert bar, and isn’t something that’s super popular!

For an alternative dessert bar that’s super cute, copy it here:

13. Strawberry-Brownie-Marshmallow Kabobs

These are a perfect dessert, especially for a grad party!

Similar to fruit kabobs, these are more tedious to make but can be worth the work for such a photo perfect end result!

Make the brownies in the mini muffin tin shown below.

14. Wine Glass Desserts

I thought this was such a cute idea!

Fill plastic wine glasses with chocolate covered candies and top with a cupcake.

Best Graduation Party Food Ideas

I’ve rounded up THE BEST GRADUATION PARTY FOOD IDEAS that your guests and graduate will LOVE!

Graduation Open Houses don’t have to be a lot of work, make it easy but fun and make sure you include your graduate’s favorite foods!

Below are Graduation Party Ideas 2021!

After all, it’s their day and their friends will be there too! When my sons graduated they wanted their favorite burgers from a local joint so we put in an advance order, picked them up and put them in large silver chafing dishes. They were a HIT!

Scroll down for more of the BEST GRADUATION PARTY FOOD ideas!

This Grad Marquee Cake by Wilton is so cool!

Infused Water Bar – water infused with cucumber, watermelon, strawberry and more! via Pinterest – source unknown

Tower of Graduation Cupcakes – cute idea to put a grad cap cake on top! via Pinterest – source unknown

I mean what grad wouldn’t love a chocolate fountain? by Nurulhanira Blogspot

Great way to keep your drinks cool! Even comes with the graduation cap! by Oriental Trading

Assorted fruits, veggies, artichoke dip and chips in clear paint cans for an artist theme graduation! See more on Party Pinching here.

Walking Taco Bar! A High School Favorite! by Giggle Living

Pirouette Cookie Diplomas (cigar cookies) by Party Pinching

Graduation strawberries all dressed up in their caps & gowns by Punchbowl

Adorable tassel cookies by Kimsmom

When your Open House guests stay until dusk, light the fire pit and break out the s’mores bar! Great idea by Trendy Wedding Blog

Finger foods like bruschetta and cheese & crackers are everyone’s favorite! by Party Pinching

Sh*t Just Got Real! Poop Emoji Graduation Cupcakes – via Pinterest source unknown

Make a cake that celebrates the grad’s high school on one side and the college of choice on the other! via Pinterest – source unknown

Oh the Places You’ll Go Graduation Cupcakes – fun for any type of Graduation – pre-school, grade school, high school or college! Easy to make too! by A Mom’s Impression

Happy Graduate Cake Pops – super easy to make and no-bake too! Get the directions from Party Pinching here

Easy salad meat & cheese trays are the perfect finger foods for a Graduation Open House. Place the salad in a pretty metal bowl with ice to keep fresh and cold. More food ideas by Party Pinching here

Sweet Success Candy Bar! With “So long Suckers”, “Smartie Pants”, “Class Rings” and more! Fun idea by KD Occasions

Cute Snack Cake Diplomas using Swiss Rolls or HoHo’s by Party Pinching

Adorable Diploma Finger Sandwiches by Taste of Home

Wouldn’t your grad just LOVE this SODA BAR. We think so too! by the Crafted Sparrow

Graduating Year Cupcakes – stunning and easy display via Pinterest – source unknown

Fun fruit drinks with the Graduate’s year! Cut out the fruit using graduation numbers cookie cutters and skewer them. Place in water or lemonade or your drink of choice! Great idea by Debi Lilly

Diploma Cupcakes – super easy to make by Party Pinching. Directions here.

Graduation Jello Shots – make them with your school colors! Perfect for the college grad! Idea by Natis Arrangements

Candy mortarboard graduation caps! Put them on a stick and make them into pops! By I Save A to Z

Bright Future Felt Board Cake! Super cute idea by Wilton

We have THE BEST GRADUATION IDEAS HERE AT PARTY PINCHING! Get more easy and creative Graduation ideas here

37 quarantine graduation ideas for the class of 2020

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While every high school, college and grad student typically looks forward to celebrating all their years of hard work with a commencement ceremony, this year things are a little different. However, that doesn't mean the celebration can't be just as enjoyable. During this time of social distancing, people have come up with creative ways to make every special occasion just as special as it would have been — from drive-thru parades to birthday video chats.

If you're looking to celebrate a graduating senior, we've rounded up everything you need to make the occasion a success — from yard signs to custom T-shirts. If you're looking for the best graduation gifts that they will actually be able to use, we found those too!

Read on for everything you need to make this year's quarantine graduation celebration a success and one to remember.

Mix and Match

Give teens appetizer options, especially if your appetizers are standing in for a full meal and you've got some picky eaters in the bunch. Set out themed trays of food, like a Greek platter with grilled lamb slices, crumbled feta cheese, baked eggplant, tzatziki sauce, mini pita breads and ripe tomatoes. Or set up a burrito platter with cooked red and black beans, cubes of Monterey Jack or cotija cheese, grilled onions and peppers, shredded meat or chicken and warm tortillas and let teens help themselves.

Steps to a Successful Class Reunion

Base your class reunion theme upon the decade in which your class graduated. Use the music, clothing, foods, and historical references for your decorations and encourage attendees to reflect the theme with their clothing and hairstyles.

  • 50’s Rock and Roll Reunion Party Theme
    Record players, soda fountains, leather jackets, slick-backed hair all remind us of the 50’s. Women should wear black, white, and hot pink with poodle skirts, if possible. The guys can wear white t-shirts and jeans. Play music by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Perry Como, and Tennessee Ernie Ford, popular male crooners or the day, or Dinah Shore, Peggy Lee, and Doris Day. This was the decade when Rock and Roll began, so feature artists who became famous, such as Fats Domino and Bobby Darin. Jazz became popular, so include Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Dizzy Gillespie, and the Miles Davis Quintet. Music is the key to a successful 50’s revival.
  • 60’s Hippie Reunion Party Theme
    Use posters of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and the Moon Landing. Play Beatles hits and use peace symbols and tie dye for decorations and table covers. Include music by such artists as Cream, The Supremes, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and many others, as this was a decade with many famous music debuts. Pass out love beads and encourage women to wear flowered clothing. For food, consider serving burgers and fries and even setting up a soda shop with milkshakes, sodas, and ice cream sundaes.
  • 70’s Disco Reunion Party Theme
    Set up your venue as a disco complete with strobe lighting. You can also play music by Bob Dylan, The Who, Elton John, James Taylor, and The Grateful Dead. The 70’s also saw a rise in the use of technology, particularly microwave ovens, personal computers, and cell phones. Have posters commemorating Watergate and popular TV shows such as Charlie’s Angels and soap operas.
  • 80’s Reunion Party Theme
    Use posters of Reagan, WWF, and the A-team adorning the walls. Have background music by Madonna, Duran Duran, and Michel Jackson, or show Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Clothes should feature Levi Jackets, shoulder pads, velour, and huge earrings. Feature Nintendo consoles with Mario, Donkey Kong and the Legend of Zelda as wall decorations.

Party Time Class Reunion Theme

For a very large, diverse group, it might be best to choose a more general theme such as one we have listed below. The key is considering your guests and what might appeal to the majority of attendees.

  • Luau Theme Party
    A poolside or beach luau with a whole roasted pig, tropical fruit salad, and a keg of beer might be the perfect celebration for your class. Activities include swimming, scuba diving, and beach volleyball.
  • Western Theme Party
    Think old John Wayne movies, boots, and cowboy attire for your western themed class reunion. Set up grills for burgers and hotdogs, or barbecue ribs. An easy meal is pulled pork sandwiches with slaw and potato salad. Play western hits and try line dancing with your classmates.
  • Fiesta Theme Party
    A Mexican Fiesta, complete with a Mariachi band, piñatas, and Margaritas may be the perfect reunion party idea for your graduating class. For easy food serving, set up a taco bar with all the fixings. You can also have a local Mexican restaurant cater your event.
  • A Night in Italy (Paris, Vienna, etc.)
    Perhaps your class took a trip to one of these locations, or you just know they all love Italian food. Whatever the reason, this might be the perfect theme for your class reunion. Serve food related to your theme and use table decorations, such as mini Eiffel Towers. Serve rich desserts such as crepes, tiramisu, or chocolate mousse.
  • Prom Night
    Hold your class reunion at the original prom location and have guests come dressed as they would in the year they graduated. Some attendees may still have their old prom clothing. Invitations can have a photo from the original prom. Play a sound track similar to that played at your prom. Try to recreate your prom night’s food and decorations.

Tips for Using Your Class Reunion Theme

  • Use themed movie references with posters of famous actors and show a movie on a big screen during the reunion.
  • Class reunion slogans and sayings should fit your chosen theme and be visible on posters, wall decorations, invitations, and party favors.
  • Have themed posters with popular musicians and play music to bring back old memories. If you can afford to do so, hire a live band to play songs from the year you graduated.
  • Create a themed welcome bag of goodies for each guest. Include such items as a decorated drink cup, small address or autograph book, pen with the year of the reunion and theme embossed, and a party favor such as a key chain.
  • Make sure your location fits your theme. For example, if your theme is Disney, choose an indoor venue that provides plenty of options for stringing lights.
  • Include clothing suggestions that fit the theme on your invitations.

The Best 20 Grad Party Ideas For This Year

1. Use Cupcake Toppers

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Details are what makes the difference between a meh party and a party everyone will remember. Using cupcake toppers to personalize them will make them more unique.

2. Grad Flags

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You can put these grad flags on your treats and food as a little extra decoration.

3. Choose a Tropical Theme

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If you want to be really original and try something different, choose a specific theme for your party. It will be easier to find decorations and create a cool atmosphere if you stick to a theme you love.

You can also ask your guests to dress according to your theme, so everything looks even more put together!

4. Self-Service Bar

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Make sure there’s plenty of food for your guests by creating a self-service table. This is super easy to make with a food tray and a donut stand and you won’t have to worry about your guests getting hungry.

5. Rose Garland Backdrop

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Always make sure your party has a nice backdrop for photos! Graduates love to take photos of EVERYTHING to post it on Instagram. These rose garlands will make the cutest photo backdrop to take pics with your friends and family.

6. Balloon Arch & Uni Banner

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Going to college is a big deal! Make sure you celebrate it properly with a college banner and a themed balloon arch . This is the best spot to take photos!

7. Use Place Cards On Your Tables

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Place cards are super important to make sure everyone knows where they sit at the party. They will make it easier for the guests to find their places and you can plan where everybody goes in advance.

8. Make a Words of Wisdom Jar

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Make the guests leave a few inspiring messages to the graduate by making this words of wisdom jar. This is a very basic DIY you can make with a regular jar and some cardboard.

9. Give Disposable Cameras To Your Guests

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What a better way to capture the moment than with a disposable camera? Give disposable cameras to your guests and let them take photos throughout the party.

The funny part about this is that you don’t know what you’ll get until you develop the photos!

10. Cupcake Station

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Putting all the cupcakes on a tray will make the table look a bit empty, so placing them at different heights will make it look more put together. If you’ll be serving cupcakes at your party, this is the best display idea.

11. Memories Display

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This memories display is such a smart idea to go down memory lane, and it will definitely bring a smile to all your guests.

12. Fruit Station


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Maybe you also want to serve healthier snacks as a sweet treat. Then fruit is a must! Choose fruits of different colors to make the table pop up even more, and also offer a variety of juices.

13. Class Year Balloons

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Year balloons are a must for every party, but specially for graduations. The year you graduate is super special and you’ll want to remember it forever!

These class year balloons will look super cute as a photo background.

14. Sweet Treats

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Here’s a really smart idea on how to serve sweet treats for a rustic-themed graduation party! This idea is super easy to recreate and the buckets look ten times better than regular food bowls.

15. Use A Graduation Decor Set

If you don’t want to spend too much time on decoration, you can use a graduation decor pack that includes everything you need to throw the best grad party ever!

16. Flower Initials

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If all your guests will be sitting at a long table, you can try to make one or two of these incredible centerpieces. All you need is a foam letter with the graduate’s initial and some sunflowers for crafts .

17. Make A Graduation Cake

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There’s is no grad party without a cake. Make sure your cake also matches the graduation theme with this graduation cap cake topper .

18. Make DIY Photo Props

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Making these DIY photo props is super easy and they are a funny complement to add to your photo background. They will add more personality to your grad party and the guests will love to use them!

19. Big Grad Led Sign

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If your grad party takes time in the late evening or at night, these led signs will be really handy. They are the best grad party decorations and the best way to welcome your guests.

20. Use Custom Grad Party Centerpieces

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My number one tip is anything you can personalize for your party, do it. It will make the celebration much more personal at no extra cost for you. You can get these personalized centerpieces with the name of the graduate on Etsy.

Think outside the chicken wings: Unique and delicious food options on UW’s campus

With six dining halls, a database of around 1,500 recipes and between 30 and 50 entrees a day in the larger dining halls, the university offers a lot of options when it comes to food.

With six dining halls, a database of around 1,500 recipes and between 30 and 50 entrees a day in the larger dining halls, as well as 10 restaurants and 17 markets and cafes, the university offers a lot of options when it comes to food.

But inevitably some choices are going to be better than others. So what are the best?

We talked to some of the leaders of dining halls and markets around campus to find out which dishes are the most popular, then picked some of our own personal favorites.

Paul Sprunger, executive chef of University Housing’s Dining and Culinary Services, checks in on food production and talks with kitchen staff working at the Gordon Dining and Event Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on May 4, 2015. Photo: Jeff Miller

But just because an entree is a high seller, doesn’t mean it’s the best food on the menu. University Housing Dining and Culinary Services executive chef Paul Sprunger says there are a lot of unique, high-quality food options that students don’t try.

By far, the most popular dining hall dish is chicken wings, which Sprunger understands because he knows students “like their chicken wings.” Students usually don’t start branching out from familiar options like chicken wings, pizza, cheeseburgers and chicken sandwiches until later in the school year — if ever.

Sprunger says many students are short on money, which makes it challenging to take the risk of trying something they might not like. Still, he says he hopes students will start to branch out because the dining halls all serve high-quality food. All of the soups, pasta sauces and many other recipes are homemade.

“I think there’s a lot of food that we do really well that goes under-ordered or under-appreciated,” Sprunger says. “Something may not sound appealing to a student, but if the student would just give it the chance they would probably eat it quite a bit.”

If you’re still scared of exploring, here are just some of the highest quality entrees offered on UW–Madison’s campus, and remember, you can always request a sample before purchasing an entire item.

Portabella Lasagna

One of Sprunger’s personal favorites is the Portabella Lasagna, a vegetarian dish that is served about every two weeks.

The layered pasta is made with portabella mushrooms, a cream sauce, garlic, shallots, cheese and fresh pasta sheets. The creamy baked entree is a delicious twist on classic lasagna.

Arctic Char Saltimbocca

Last year, Sprunger started a fresh sustainable fish program, where dining halls are required to have one of five sustainable fish options on Wednesdays nights. One of those options is the Arctic Char, a close cousin to salmon, but more mild. Sprunger says students sometimes don’t try the fish because they haven’t heard of it before.

The char is prepared in a Saltimbocca style: it’s wrapped in prosciutto, baked and then served with a lemon butter sauce. And in addition to being sustainable, Sprunger says the char is also always fresh, never frozen.

Beef Pot Roast

Many of the meals in the dining halls are homemade recipes.

If you’re missing your mom’s cooking, the dining halls make home-cooked meals too!

Sprunger says University Dining’s homemade beef pot roast is the quintessential “Midwestern comfort food.” The beef is slow braised and served with mashed potatoes.

Garbanzo Bean Curry

A meal that’s “fragrant, but not overly spicy,” the Garbanzo Bean Curry is a vegan dish that packs a lot of flavor. It’s served over basmati rice with garbanzo beans, onions, peppers, curry sauce and coconut milk.

The entree is very popular with vegan students, but Sprunger says he thinks even students who aren’t vegan would really enjoy it. It’s offered every three weeks.

“That’s a dish that’s really really good that we can’t convince people to order,” Sprunger says.

Pork Dan Dan Noodles

Beyond the dining halls, the Wisconsin Union’s Badger Market in Ingraham Hall offers great food. They’re the only Badger Market on campus that serves hot food items for lunch, says Amy Smith, manager of Ingraham Hall Badger Market.

One of the most popular entrees at the Badger Market, and one of our personal favorites, is the Pork Dan Dan Noodles, which originates from Chinese Sichuan cuisine.

Something many students don’t realize is that the dining halls serve fresh ingredients.

Sichuan is a type of cooking from southwestern China that is known for being very spicy. While the Badger Market Dan Dan Noodles are likely not as spicy as those in southwestern China, the entree features a flavorful balance of peanuts, scallions, pork and a spicy sauce served over thick noodles. You can also get a vegetarian egg roll as a side.

The next time Pork Dan Dan Noodles will be offered at Badger Market is Tuesday, November 21.

Farmhouse Chicken

With juicy breaded chicken, savory mashed potatoes and creamy gravy, Badger Market’s Farmhouse Chicken truly tastes like a home cooked meal. Smith says the dish is their “Monday comfort food.”

The entree is one of the most popular at Badger Market. It’s offered in Ingraham Hall on select Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., unless they sell out.

Greek Plate

Another popular option at Badger Market is the Greek Plate. Choose from falafel or gyro meat on a pita, then top it off with tomato, onions, cucumbers and tzatziki sauce.

To explore more options, you can browse the menus on the University Housing website or the Badger Market website.

Project Ideas

  1. Advertisements: create an advertising campaign to sell a product. The product can be real or imaginary. Try using this to teach persuasion, as an assignment for speech class, or to reinforce skills learned in a consumer class.
  2. Album Covers: create artwork for an album. The album may be connected to a skill (such a multiplication) and should demonstrate or explain how that skill is used. Or the album cover may be connected to a novel and the art work might present a relevant theme in the story. Another use would be to have students create natural disaster album covers in a science class where the cover would depict and explain the event.
  3. Autobiographies: write the story of your life. This assignment may help you teach autobiography or reinforce a broad range of writing skills.
  4. Awards: create awards to present to historical figures, scientists, mathematicians, authors, or characters from a novel.
  5. Banners: create an informational banner. Students could create time lines of the American civil war or the Spanish alphabet.
  6. Bar Graphs: create illustrated bar graphs. These may be used to explore data sets, use statistics to support a point, or illustrate a growth or change in a market.
  7. Biographies: write the life story of someone else. It could be a friend, family member, historical figure, or a fictional character.
  8. Blogs: create blogs for literary characters or historical figures. Create an actual blog for free at or just have students write and organize articles on white printer paper if the internet is not available.
  9. Blueprints: create blueprints or floor plans of a scene described in a novel, an historic setting, or an earthquake proof bridge or structure.
  10. Boardgames: create boardgames where students review course concepts. Game play should be based around answering review questions correctly.
  11. Book Clubs: Students read either novels or selections from the text book and discuss the readings in small groups. Students might be required to take notes about the discussion or provide an audio recording of the discussion as the artifact to be evaluated. Students might also create discussion questions beforehand and have these approved by the instructor. This activity may be applied to reading selections in any subject.
  12. Booklets: create an informational booklet. In the past I’ve had students create booklets showing comma rules, narrator’s perspective, genre, figurative language, and more. Booklets can be applied to almost any unit of study and all they require to make are some blank white printer paper folded in half, one of my favorites.
  13. Bookmarks: create illustrated bookmarks with relevant information. A bookmark might summarize previous chapters or contain the definitions of challenging vocabulary words.
  14. Brochures: brochures can be made as either tri-fold or bi-folds. Students can create informational brochure’s about geographic locations, a story’s setting, or a natural event such as how a tidal wave is formed or how the food chain works.
  15. Calendars: create a calendar charting the dates of key events. This can be applied to an historical event (like a famous battle), a scientific event (such a the path of Hurricane Katrina), or the sequence of events in story.
  16. Casting Calls: select people (fictional, famous, or otherwise) to play the role in a movie version of story or historic event. Explain which character traits were considered in each selection.
  17. Cheers: create a cheer explaining a scientific or mathematical process. Alternately, a cheer could summarize the events of a novel or an historic episode.
  18. Classified Ads: create classified type ads as seen in newspapers. It could be a wanted ad or a M4F type ad depending on the age of your students. Update the concept and have students create Craigslist ads or Ebay listings. Example applications include covering vocabulary words, introducing multiple characters in a drama, examining figures in an historical event, or studying endangered and extinct plants and animals.
  19. Coat of Arms: create a family coat of arms for a character from a novel or a person from history. A good activity for teaching symbolism.
  20. Collages: create a collage or collection of images related to a topic. Images can be hand drawn, printed, or clipped from a magazine or newspaper. These work best with large thematic ideas that give students the ability to maneuver, like a collage representing slavery, the 1920s, or an entire story.
  21. Comic Strips or Books: create an illustrated comic strip or book representing events from history or a work of fiction.
  22. Crossword Puzzles: create a crossword puzzle to review definitions of challenging vocabulary words. Great for science, social studies, reading, and even math terms.
  23. Diary Entries: create a diary entries for a person from history or a fictional character who experienced an historic event. Can also be applied to characters in a story or survivors of a disaster.
  24. Dramas: create a play. Students might adapt an existing story or create original works and plays can be centered around any event in history.
  25. Editorials: provide an opinion about a hot topic in history or science. Should the space program be reduced? Is US military intervention in current conflicts appropriate? Is global warming a concern?
  26. Fables: create fables that teach a lesson. Students may create illustrated story boards of their original fables or even dramatic adaptations which they then perform. A good character building activity.
  27. Flags: create a flag representing either an actual county (like Libya) or fictitious place (like Narnia). This project should be accompanied by a brief report explaining what ideas the colors and images on the flags represent.
  28. Flash Cards: create cards helpful for study and review. Flash cards can be created for any subject and topic.
  29. Flowcharts: students create flowcharts analyzing and representing a mathematical process, a natural event, or an event in history or literature.
  30. Glossaries: If students need to understand a large array of vocabulary words, consider having them construct glossaries to help them study and review.
  31. Hieroglyphics: create pictures that represent vocabulary words. Alternately, students could retell the events of a story or historical episode in simple pictures.
  32. ID Badges: create identification cards for characters from a work of literature or for people involved in an historical event. Include relevant details on the badges.
  33. Illustrated Quotes: Have students choose a meaningful quote from a text that they are reading. They should explain why the quote interests them and then write the quote on a blank sheet of paper and draw related images.
  34. Instructions: write instructions on how to perform an operation or experiment, diagram a sentence, or start a World War.
  35. Inventions: create and illustrate your new invention that address a problem in nature or society. Address environmental or sociological issues.
  36. Limericks: write limericks about events from history or scientific discoveries such as, “There once was a man named Sir Newton…”
  37. Magazines: create magazines covering large units of study such as the Industrial Revolution or Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, that way many articles can be written. Images may also be drawn or printed and added to the publication.
  38. Maps: create maps based on actual geographic or national boundaries and landmarks or maps illustrating the setting of a story and the journey of a character.
  39. Merit Badges: create vocabulary merit badges where the term is defined in three or fewer words and a small image is drawn to represent the definition.
  40. Movie Adaptations: plan a movie version of a novel, scientific discovery, or historical event. Pick who will play what role, plan scenes, write dialog, even create a soundtrack.
  41. Murals: create a mural or a large drawing of many images related to a larger idea. A mural about the Harlem Renaissance might contain images of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and W.E.B. DuBois.
  42. Myths: write creation myths to account for scientific or historic events or for a creative writing assignment.
  43. Newscasts: deliver important information from literature, history, science, or math in the form of a newscast. Newscast can be prerecorded or presented live.
  44. Pen-pals: write letters to and from important people from history or the characters in a story.
  45. Poems and Raps: write a poem or rap reviewing any topic.
  46. Postcards: similar to the pen-pals assignment above, but postcards have illustrations representing thematic concepts.
  47. Posters: create posters to review skills. As a bonus, many of these posters can often be displayed during state tests, so if your students create high quality posters, the posters may be a useful resource during the test.
  48. Questionnaires: create a questionnaire and survey students to gather an understanding about thematic issues from a text or social problems for a speech or presentation.
  49. Radio Broadcasts: create a script for a radio program covering any appropriate field of study.
  50. Reader’s Theater: silently act out the events of a story or text alone or with a group of people while someone reads the text aloud. Students should be given time to prepare their acting.
  51. Recipes: students can create recipes about how atoms combine to form molecules (H2O), or how to create events like the French Revolution or World War I (add one Arch Duke).
  52. Scrapbooks: create a scrapbook of your favorite poems or important events from a decade.
  53. Skits: create a short skit to bring an historical event to life.
  54. Slide Shows: if you have access to enough computers and a projector, I suggest having students create PowerPoint presentations. With just a little instruction, students should be able to create pretty flashy presentations, and you can combine this project with a research paper as a culminating activity.
  55. Soundtracks: create a soundtrack for a movie version of a novel or historical or natural event. Use actual songs or just describe the mood of each song if you do not know song titles. Explain why you feel that each song matches the event. A good activity to review mood.
  56. Stamps: students create commemorative stamps honoring people, depicting elements from the periodic table, or challenging vocabulary terms.
  57. Storyboards: create story boards summarize a short story or to plan a narrative, movie, or presentation.
  58. Tests: write a test to help you review unit goals and objectives. Questions can be multiple choice, matching, and true or false. Answer keys should be provided.
  59. Vocabulary Quilts: create quilts with badges representing the meanings of vocabulary terms. Badges should have an image and a few words.
  60. Websites: design websites that historical figures, scientists, mathematicians, authors, or characters from novels would have had. Also, student can create websites for historical movements, scientific theories, or literary concepts.
  61. Worksheets: create review worksheets. Worksheets can be applied to any subject and topic of study.
  62. Yearbooks: create yearbooks reviewing the characters and events from several stories that the class read or containing information about many important figures from history.

I hope this list of project ideas will prove to be a valuable resource in creating projects for your students or children. Feel free to share any of your ideas below in the comments and thank you for visiting.

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