School spirit can be an important aspect at any educational institution. One way school spirit can be generated is through organizing theme days to enhance a student"s overall academic experience. Options can include themes like Sports Jersey Day, Favorite Literary Character or Twin Day. Having a designated Twin Day at school during Spirit Week can encourage a sense of community and fun with matching outfits.

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While options for Twin Day ideas at school are plentiful, one idea that has remained constant over the years is simply to have students dress similarly or identically. There are no funky costumes or outrageous ideas required if going over the top is not specified. Students can simply choose a friend and match up their wardrobes for items that look nearly identical. Outfits can be as simple as jeans and a white t-shirt or more complicated with students creating matching Twin Day costumes.


Dressing as people or things that go together but aren"t the same can be a fun alternative on Twin Day. Students choose a friend and dress in complimentary clothes like peanut butter and jelly. Students can be creative and choose to craft elaborate costumes resembling slices of bread with one smeared with "peanut butter" and one smeared with "jelly". Or they can choose to simply wear t-shirts that announce the costume. The twin dressed as peanut butter wears a brown t-shirt with PEANUT BUTTER written across it and the twin dressed as jelly wears a purple t-shirt with JELLY written across it. Other opposite Twin Day costumes can include options like devil and angel costumes.


Another fun Twin Day costumes option is to focus on familiar figures in the Dr. Seuss books: Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Dr. Seuss" classic Cat In The Hat. One reason why so many people choose this option for Twin Day is because of the costume"s simplicity but also its inventiveness. All students or teachers need are red sweats suits and pinned-on large white paper circles with "Thing 1" and "Thing 2" written on them. Electric blue wigs are optional!


While having Twin Day at school during Spirit Week is a fun addition to the theme, administration needs to reiterate that participation is voluntary. Because the theme means students are pairing off with friends, other students may feel left out. Making sure that all students feel part of the spirit theme is important. Consider having an overreaching Twin Day theme where all students in each grade dress in a specific color so that everyone is a "twin". Administration should also make it clear that all Twin Day costumes still have to fall within dress code restrictions. Including teachers, staff and administration in the themed week with twin costumes for adults is another way to increase school spirit.

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Shannon Lee began her professional journalism career in 2009. Her reporting has appeared in "The Hudson Gazette" and her editing work in the "Redwood County Newspaper." Lee is also a professional dancer and owns one of the largest dance studios in her region. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a double-major in communication studies and journalism.







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