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Jello-O Wrestling
That's right, Jell-O wrestling. This event is always a winner and is even noted as one of the "slam dunk" top 10 outreach events that work in Jonathan's book "Getting Students to Show Up."

    Here's how you do it:
    1. Find a store near you that sells bulk foods and purchase large quantities of instant Jell-O, enough to make 80 gallons. You can make it in a bunch of large rubber/plastic garbage cans in a big walk-in fridge.

    OR . . .

    Some of you might be thinking, “Okay, I don’t have access to a walk in fridge or I don’t have a connection with a local grocery store that will let us use their milk fridge. Well . . . you’re in luck. There's another option: here's one web site that sells “no chill” Jell-O CLICK HERE. (Understand that I’m plugging this web site because it is just a good place to get “no chill” Jell-O. Yes, I realize that they have a picture of a girl in a bathing suit Jell-O wrestling. But come on now! You’ve seen worse pictures in the checkout line at the grocery store. So don’t email me! I’m just trying to provide you with a link for “no chill” Jell-O. It’s not that bad. Relax!) (Can you tell that I’ve already received emails?)

    2. Once you make the Jell-O, scoop this stuff into baby pools and you're ready to go.
We told the kids to wear clothes that could get messy, and we did the event outside for easy cleanup. (Note: Cleanup was anything but easy!) We always have guys vs. guys and girls vs. girls. This lessens the chance of injury and inappropriate physical contact. It is normal wrestling, but in Jell-O. Use your own judgement for safety. It is slick and it is wrestling, so use caution. We had no injuries, but we were very careful.

Sometimes modesty can also be an issue. One way to solve that problem is to buy a large number of XXL T-shirts in two different colors. Make every wrestler put on a T-shirt over their clothes--each one wearing a different color.

An event like this could bring out a ton of new students.

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