How Do Students Feel About Spirit Week?

November 16, 2015

Don’t Sit on the Sidelines; Get into the Spirit!

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Spirit Week is an unforgettable tradition here. From dressing up for the theme days, to cheering for your grade at the end of the week, and donating to get points, it’s an amazing experience. But the question is, why should you get involved? Why should students participate?

Number 1: Spirit Week is a whole lot of fun for your grade. The Spirit Rally on Friday, November 20 during eighth and ninth periods is just awesome to watch as you cheer on your grade.  Events run the gamut from favorite events of the students including the pie eating contest and the Tug-of-War. Students would sometimes go the extra mile for some of the theme days. Last year, one student came to school as the Statue of Liberty for USA Day! And the teachers also get in on the fun wearing the appropriate clothing for the day of the week – even pajamas.

Number 2: Student council members and other students put a lot of hard work into this event so we should appreciate it. The gym is decorated to the brim by some of the best artists in the school, who work hard to make posters and advertisements. And our cheerleaders, marching band, and drum line practice hard to perform at the Spirit Rally.

Number 3: Spirit Week is also a time for giving for the holidays. The money collected from Penny Wars is donated to worthy charities to the people who don’t have the means to get the food that many students have the luxury of having for Thanksgiving. This is our chance to give them a feast they deserve.

You can have fun, see some hard work, and really make a difference in our community. So what are you waiting for? Get out there, and help your grade win! 

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Anti-Spirit Week

We’ve got no spirit!  Yes we do!  We have no spirit!  How ’bout you?

It is that time of year again, school spirit week.  And honestly, there are students that are not happy about that, since many students actually hate spirit week. The few students who actually care about spirit week flaunt it around and overdramatize the event as a way get way to rowdy.  To them, it’s an excuse to scream, yell, and run down the hallways like a crazy person without getting in trouble, since it is classified as “spirit.”

The themes that are used for each day are an interesting idea, and raising money and donating money to those who are less fortunate is a great thing. Who would have a problem with dressing up in their PJ’s for school and giving spare change in lunch, especially for a good cause?

However, the fact students use the themes as an excuse to goof off, dress inappropriately, and not follow school rules. There are students who don’t even give donations, just wanting to take take advantage of the fun of spirit week. But the fact of the matter is that spirit week isn’t truly about fun and games when it comes down to it, it’s about helping families who can’t afford to have the same luxuries that we are blessed with.

The worst part is spirit week is definitely the spirit rally, where everyone crowds into the gym to scream and act like complete buffoons. This behavior is completely inappropriate for a school environment. At this point, spirit week is turned into an unnecessary competition between the grades to see who is the “best”, instead of the true purpose of fundraising.

Overall, spirit week is just an excuse to act up and cause ruckus. The chaos that is exhibited in spirit week distracts from the true purpose of the events, to raise money. The cans and money not only go to residents in Wayne, but specifically to students in our very own school who are not fortunate enough to live the privileged lives that some students in Wayne Hills do.

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