Who can participate?
Everyone in the school can participate: students and faculty alike! Hand out stickers to everyone interested so you don’t limit it to members or your club.
Will students take the event seriously? How can I make sure it stays appropriate?
In our experience, students take the campaign seriously and appreciate the opportunity to be in an environment where political discussions are encouraged. However, if you are still worried about civil discourse, a teacher or administration can stand in the area where stickers are being distributed. As students write their beliefs, the teacher can monitor what is being written if they deem it inappropriate.
What if there’s another event at my school during the campaign, or my school is on break? Can we still join the campaign?
Absolutely, we are encouraging schools to participate between February 29-March 11 to create a national campaign unity. However, if you are unable to run an event during that week, then host the campaign when you are able to. It is more important that you join the campaign than when you run it! Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for special arrangements.
When are stickers distributed?
Often times, stickers are passed out at the beginning of the day as students enter the building or during lunch. However, students are encouraged to wear the stickers for the entire duration of the day.
How much does it cost to participate?
It’s FREE! If you register your school online, the campaign will send you the amount of stickers requested for your school.
What do I need for my table?
The bare essentials are stickers (provided) and permanent markers. However, putting up signs behind the table will help draw students to the table. Posters are available here. You could also put handouts on your table to help students understand the event. At some schools, students place a poster board on a table with the phrase, “I believe in…” at the top and they allow students to place a post-it note with their beliefs on the poster board.
Where’s the best place to set up our Fight Apathy table?
Try to set up in a place that students are guaranteed to pass. The main entrance of your school, the cafeteria, or a central hallway might be optimal places. By having a table in a central location, you can encourage passersby to take a sticker rather than counting on them to find the table.
How many stickers should I order for my school?
Try your best to predict how many students will get involved. It’s better to overestimate than underestimate. At a politically active school, about 75% of students may take a sticker. Smaller schools will probably be able to hand out stickers to a higher percentage of students than larger school. Generally, a good estimate is to order stickers for 50% of the student body.
How do I spread the word about our event?
You can put up posters around school advertising the event with information on it. Also, create a Facebook event to publicize through social media. Think of creative ways to get the word out!
Is the campaign on social media?
Use the hashtag #FightApathy to spread your beliefs! The campaign will watch the hashtag and share news about the campaign from schools across the country.
I’ve seen awesome poster boards with a lot of writing that says “What do you believe in” in some photos, what’s up with that?
Many schools like to create a poster board and encourage students to add their passions on it. This creates an anonymous and consolidated way to put everyone’s beliefs together—and it looks incredible!
Is it really that easy?
YES! You can run a simple, effective campaign just by registering and handing out stickers. That’s it!