…the charm bracelet that is!
Here's a fun idea for end-of-the-season recognition that grows as the performer grows and can be treasured long after the letterman's jacket has lost it's luster!
For teams with all girls, a charm bracelet or charm necklace can be a treasured reminder of seasons past. First year members are presented with their choice of a bracelet or a necklace (or you choose! You can make everyone the same!). Then, each season select a special charm to represent the show.
Charms of all shapes and sizes, even in Sterling Silver, can be ordered relatively inexpensively from the internet. I have found all of my charms for less than $4.00 per student (and I actually found some pink ribbon charms on ebay that were only about $0.30 per student!). You can then add charms for special recognition such as guard officers, championship wins or perfect attendance. Parents can also add charms as holiday gifts from the selection available from vendors at competitions or on colorguard website.
It's a fun idea that grows with your performers, can be worn with all types of attire and can even be a conversation starter when a friend in school asks, "What's your bracelet all about?" At any rate, it is sure to be treasured for years to come!
About the Author (Author Profile)
Catina Anderson is the founder/editor of the Colorguard Educators blog. Color guard has been part of her life for almost 25 years. She began coaching in 1994 and worked with the Broad Run High School color guard in Northern VA from 1998 until 2010. She has also written for Halftime Magazine and served on the Executive Board of the Atlantic Indoor Association. A former teacher, she enjoys sharing what she has learned and hopes to encourage others to share as well. Together we can create even more positive experiences for performers and help to collectively strengthen marching arts activities worldwide.