Last year, I was at the Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) Conference, and heard a couple of really good librarians from Hinsdale South High School talk about the ways they push into classrooms.
They mentioned one idea that really stuck with me. They created a flyer and called it a “take-out menu.” Then, they put it in Chinese takeout boxes with a fortune cookie, and gave it to teachers. I loved this idea. Couldn’t stop thinking about it.
With my graphic designer husband, I knew we could do something ridiculously cool. So, in August, before school started, we did. I am really proud of how it came out.
Notice the Fortune Teller Miracle Fish and the Chinese Finger Cuffs? There was a fortune cookie in there, too, but I ate it. 🙂 My thinking behind those was this: I was giving these to teachers at the beginning of the year kickoff meeting. It is not exactly an exciting meeting, if you know what I mean.
I bought a gross (144) of each thing on Amazon, and my entire total was 60 bucks. Not too shabby.
Everyone seemed to really love them. And I know people actually read the menu, because I have already had a few people come to me to ask about some of the new services I detailed inside. That was the goal, so we’ll call this a win. I think it is going to be a great year.
UPDATE: I have had a few requests for the actual menu… you’ll have to recreate it for yourself, but here it is, for inspiration…
FYI- Don’t try to contact me at the info on the menu… I don’t work there anymore. 🙂