Inspiring quotes, hall of fame, and community project boards can make a school hallway welcoming, encouraging, and most of all, colorful! What is on the walls of your school building says a lot about your school values and brings individuality to your student body.

Ways to Keep School Hallways Positive

While the title may sound redundant, this actually works! When school hallways are riddled with inspiring quotes, creative book advertisements, student work, and funny jokes, the school’s morale is lifted. However, blank walls are just that blank. They send a message to students they have to be there, and there is nothing more to it.

1. Post “Inspiring Quotes.”

Posting inspiring quotes in your school hallways is a great way to remind students every day of their potential and that only the sky is the limit. Also, posting these types of encouraging words allows students to have a difficult day. We’re going through a difficult time in their own lives, a simple reminder, but they are loved.

2. Create a “Hall of Fame.”

No matter how old kids are, they love seeing their own work posted on a hallway wall. Putting all of their awesome works of art up in the school hallway does your kids that you’re proud of them and the work that they put into their projects.

3. Community Projects Board

Have your students done something really great within their community? Creating a section in your school hallway of community service projects is a wonderful way to show the whole school how kind and caring your students are.

4. Hallway Painting (Mural)

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Hallway murals are great projects to represent what your school is all about. There are tons of great ideas on the web for what you could put in your own hallway at school. One example would be creating a mural for each graduating class that encompasses all that a particular group of students represents. Murals are a fun way to include everyone in an amazing work of art.

5. Flags From Around the World

flags from around the world

Have representation for your students from all around the world by creating a section in your school hallway to display flags from everywhere! Not only will this make your hallways bright and colorful, but it will allow students from places other than the United States to have pride in where they are and where they are from.

6. Pictures of Staff!

One of the best school hallway decoration ideas I have ever seen was one where kids had to “guess the teacher/staff.” This can range from graduation pictures to baby pictures, but kids absolutely LOVE getting to see their teachers in their younger forms!

7. School Hallway Book of the Week

Some of the most colorful and fun school hallways include book features of the week. You would be surprised at how many students will stop to see what book is featured and what it is all about. This is a great idea if you try to encourage your students to read more and look at their phones a little less.

8. Seasonal Sections

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Even with all of the rules in public education surrounding the holidays, students absolutely love to see the markings of some of the most energetic times of the year. Everything from Christmas trees to jack-o-lanterns is fun and excited to see as students enter into the different seasons throughout the school year.

9. Make the Hallways Part of Your Class Project

Don’t just post class projects in the hallway; actually, let the hallways be part of the project! Have students use the hallway outside your door as a big and in-person book report or history mural. There are so many great ways to incorporate your hallway into your group and classwork.

10. Create a Wall of Pictures

Kids LOVE looking at pictures, and they LOVE seeing themselves in pictures. This is exactly why social media is so popular! This is a fun project for classes who want to show off everything they do in the classroom to a “look how much you’ve grown” wall.

11 . Have Lockers? Create Giant Books!

school hallway locker books Lincoln K-8 School

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I know I already mentioned a book of the week/month board, but if your school hallway is lined with ugly lockers, maybe this would be a great time to transform them into book spines. Doing this makes kids feel like they have entered into a whimsical land where they are the tiny ones in a land of giants.

12 . Inspiring Teachers Wall

One thing that gets overlooked in a school, surprisingly, is the teachers. There is stress, burnout, negativity. However, having a wall where students can give a shout-out to the teachers who have inspired them the most gives a needed morale boost to those giving their all.

13 . Gentle Reminders

Sometimes, kids need a sign or a reminder to be kind or not run in the hallway and maybe even throw away the trash. There are many fun ways to make a sign that gives kids gentle reminders to do the right things, even when no one is looking at them.

14 . Announcements

While this may seem like a dull use of hallway space, it’s not! Both students and staff, when they enter the building, need to know what is going on. Having this type of announcements section keeps everyone in the know and makes for a less chaotic environment.

15 . Acts of Kindness Challenges

Present challenges to your student body to give out random acts of kindness. Promoting this kind of behavior in your school is a positive way to promote love and kindness daily.

About the Author

Brittany Ray

Brittany is a dedicated educator to students in high needs schools, a habitual DIY’er, and an avid runner. She is a high school teacher by day and a passionate freelance writer by night. Her passion and life mission with her work is to help students and teachers in practical ways that will allow them to flourish. Brittany loves spending time with her family and being outside any chance she can get. She loves taking the family on long bike rides and on family hikes in the beautiful surrounding areas of the Midwest. You can check out her projects and life encouragement on her blog.

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