Teachers, Students and Parents

Celebrating Our Principals

“There’s no better place to be a life-long learner. I lead to inspire myself and others to be the best versions of ourselves.” —Shanna Spickard, Principal, Milan Middle School, Michigan

Principals are visionaries who lead us in providing the best possible education to future generations, and National Principals Month helps us thank them for all they do.

These impactful school leaders deserve our appreciation—join us in October as we recognize their accomplishments, and use these ideas to help you plan your celebrations.


Start by sending your principal an e-card to show your appreciation. Just choose an e-card, add your message, and schedule the date and time for the card to be delivered to your principal—we’ll take care of the rest.

Video Contest

For National Principals Month, create a fun one-minute video with other students, teachers, and/or parents telling us why you appreciate your principal and what they mean to you, your school, and your community. One winner will be chosen per level (elementary, middle, and high school) and will be featured on the National Principals Month website—plus, they’ll win a $200 Visa gift card. You can view past video submissions here.

Plan a Celebration

Here are more ways for you to celebrate National Principals Month:

  • Write a thank you note for all that your principal does, with specific examples of how he or she has helped you/your family. Invite the PTA or school board to participate in this activity. Consider contacting local businesses seeking donations for items such as thank you or blank note cards, which students can use to write thank-you notes to the principal. You might work with the school faculty to add the note writing as a class or club project. Notes can then be distributed to principals’ mailboxes.

  • Create and set up a banner somewhere clearly visible in the school where students, parents, and teachers can write notes of appreciation to the principal.

  • Negotiate with the local newspapers to run ads celebrating principals’ everyday acts by listing some of the great things going on in the school (include candid photos of the principal being a great school leader). Or invite your local paper to secure a column each week to spotlight a local principal with a profile and photograph.

  • Write letters to the superintendent showing support of the principal. Use specific examples of things he or she has done to make the school successful.

  • Provide a weekly treat for your principal during the entire month. For example, week one can be a breakfast, week two can be cupcakes, etc. You could even send flowers to the principal as a festive way to promote a sense of celebration.

  • Write a testimonial about your principal that would be appropriate for use during announcements at the school.

  • Contact local businesses to arrange for discounts for principals during October. For example, ask local restaurant(s) to donate a gift certificate to your principal in honor of National Principals Month.

  • Hold a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to a charity in your principal’s name.

  • Organize an “Opposite Day” whereby students dress like the principal and the principal dresses like the students—have students vote for the “best of the best” by donating canned food to a local food bank.

  • Create a photo or video scrapbook for the principal with notes from the school or community about why he or she is so valued.

  • Donate something on campus in honor of your principal, i.e., plant a tree or a garden, donate a bench, etc.

  • Create a slide show or video presentation that captures your principal doing great things. Students, parents, and teachers can perform songs, skits, and speeches to thank their principal for the hard work he or she does every day.

  • Shadow your principal for a day and then write a report to publish in the local school and community paper about what you learned and how difficult a job it is.

  • Read testimonials from students, parents, and teachers each week over the intercom.

  • Have the art, music, and theater classes do a group project to honor your principal.