World AIDS Day activity ideas for schools

Ideas for your event

  • Set aside class time for a special lesson or speaker on HIV or start a peer education program
  • Participate in planning a special session for the community to learn about talking with children and teenagers about HIV
  • Obtain or create a website, brochure or video for teaching parents the facts about HIV
  • Invite a person living with AIDS or health care worker to come and talk to students about HIV discrimination
  • Sponsor a poster, T-shirt, exhibit, or bumper sticker design contest for the 2008 theme and slogan
  • Create a special HIV writing assignment for WAD: essay, poem, book report, brochure, poster or research report
  • Air public service announcements about HIV over the school's public address system or cable TV program
  • Distribute red ribbons and information about HIV at an exhibit set up in the school
  • Make a long-term commitment to develop and support HIV prevention education in the context of comprehensive school health education
  • Decorate trees, school buildings, classrooms, lamp posts, or fences with red ribbon
  • Prepare a current events bulletin board for students to fill with newspaper articles about HIV
  • Bring the AIDS Memorial Quilt to your school
    • Contact the National High School Quilt Program, NAMES Project Foundation
    • 404-688-5500
    • aidsquilt.org
  • Role play to make students aware of instances of discrimination associated with HIV
  • Create a board game/quiz on HIV facts
  • Develop a pen-pal exchange between students and persons affected in different cities and countries
  • Write a letter or article for the school newspaper or website about HIV
  • Plan a special session for the parents to learn about talking with their children about HIV
  • Obtain or create a video for teaching parents the facts about HIV
  • Show videos in which other teens talk about their personal experiences with HIV