Using Promotional Items to Unite Your School

Posted on February 12, 2020 | Last Updated On: September 23rd, 2020 by

Promotional items are a great way to unite your school and allow students to display their devoted school spirit. With amazing technology available today, the odds are good that you’ll be able to find a wide range of promotional items for your students to purchase, to give away as prizes or rewards, and more. Promotional items can also be useful tools for encouraging solidarity between students and teachers and class bonding among freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors between the years.

These are some promotional items you might want to consider for your school.

Cups and Water Bottles

There are all kinds of cups and water bottles available in a dizzying array of colors. With modern printing options, you can include messages, logos, and branding on these cups to showcase your school mascot, school name, football team, and more.

They are great choices because they have lids, can be closed, and students can keep them at their desks for easy access to water throughout the classroom period. These cups come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, making it easy to identify age-appropriate cups for classrooms of every age. Even teachers can get in on the act with matching cups and bottles in adult-friendly sizes.

Shirts and Wearables

You can custom print wearables in school colors, with school mascots, and in countless other ways. You can choose standard tee-shirts, ordering some in every possible size, or you can go in a different direction and choose knit hats, baseball caps, scarves, sweatshirts, long-sleeved tees, or something else entirely.

The sky is the limit with wearables, and shirts and can help your students present unified fronts when it comes to homecoming games, school pride days, concerts, assemblies, and other school events that occur throughout the year.

Reusable Bags and Totes

Reusable bags and totes are perfect tools for school spirit because they can carry students through the years while educating them about the need to safeguard the planet and promote sustainability.  They drive the message home to reduce waste by eliminating plastic bag waste and reusing items, like these drawstring bags, and more.

Of course, those are far from the only types of custom reusable bags to consider for students. In addition to drawstring bags, some students truly appreciate lunch tote bags, especially insulated bags, or more stylish and designed cotton and canvas bags and totes. Students can even use laminated bags to show off pride for sports teams and school clubs.

Lanyards and ID Holders

As more schools transition to building admittance via identification, the need for lanyards with ID holders is growing by leaps and bounds. Some students are investing in lanyards and ID holders in school colors and making them part of the school uniform, if the school has uniforms.

Other schools are simply making them required wearing and instituting discipline plans for schools that misplace their lanyards requiring backups on a regular basis. There is solidarity and unity in students wearing the same lanyards and ID holders.

Custom Printed Student Planners

Student planners are great for every student. They are dated for the school year, leaving plenty of room to record assignments, homework assignment due dates, after school activities, and more. Some students function fine with all the online assignments and tools schools use today. Some though, still need the process of writing their assignments on paper to remember them.

These planners offer just that and are custom printed with your school information, mascot, and colors to make them easy to find among most students’ belongings.

School Supplies

These are always winner to promote solidarity and they make amazing and affordable prizes for little contests throughout the school every day. You can sell essentials, like pencils or pens, for students who left theirs at home. Other promotional school supplies to consider for unity within the school include:

  • Binders
  • Padfolios/Portfolios
  • Notebook and pen sets
  • Flash drives
  • Sticky notebooks
  • Erasers
  • Rulers
  • Pens
  • Highlighters

It isn’t difficult to have school information printed on these items or have them made in your school colors so students can use them and flaunt their school spirit at the same time.

Ear Pods and Buds

Because so many schools are going digital with iPads and similar devices, it’s becoming essential for students to have ear pods or buds on hand that are easy to transport from class to class. And, today there are plenty of promotional ear buds and pods available that make this a snap for students. Plus, many of them come in convenient cases, which can be imprinted with school logos, where students can safely place their ear buds when not in use.

School Spirit Stadium Items

From foam fingers in school colors so students can let the other team know whose number one in their eyes to comfortable stadium seat cushions in school colors to stadium blankets and scarves to keep students warm at games well into the standard football season, these school spirit stadium items are a big hit with students. They also create unity among students, teaching staff, etc. as your school competed against other teams.

Tips to Using Promotional Items to Unite Your School

The real key with using promotional items to unify your student body is to choose items that are affordable for most of the students in your school and that they’ll be interested in purchasing. Use inexpensive promotional items by purchasing in bulk to offer as prizes for big events throughout the school year. You can offer promotional school items as rewards for grades, fundraisers, prizes for reading, awards for attendance, kindness rewards, and countless other things to motivate and encourage students.

But, don’t forget to encourage teachers and parent to recognize amazing student behaviors and students to report about awesome teachers, too. Teachers work hard to make your school a terrific place for students and should be rewarded for their efforts to go above and beyond throughout the school year, too. Plus, it helps students to see teachers drinking from the same cups, wearing the same shirts, and using the same pens and pencils they use. After all, teachers are day-to-day role models for students. Perhaps that is one of the most important ways to unite your school.

About the Author

Douglas Lober Chief Product Specialist

Doug Lober is Co-Founder and Chief Product Specialist for Lober is a passionate environmentalist with roots in the Southern California surf culture. Over the last 15 years, Lober has launched and supported a number of environmental initiatives around the land, sea, and air. Today, he continues to provide and support the use of eco-friendly promotional products for small, medium, and Fortune 500 companies. You can learn more about his extensive background in the industry on,,, Twitter and

You have 0 item(s) in your quote.
Your Quote can have up to 5 items.

Submit Quote Now