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Spirit Week: Why do so Many People Participate?

Spirit Week: Why do so Many People Participate?

During the week leading up to the homecoming game, the Staples’ hallways appear to be flooded with colorful onesies, superhero capes, and feather boas.

Several members of the Staples community embrace spirit week because they love the lightheartedness of it. According to Ms. Evans, the English and social studies department assistant, spirit week allows “you to let your hair down and have a little fun.”

This change from the normal routine, takes some pressure off of students and makes them feel less stressed. As Christina Baker 16’ remarked, dressing up creates a “youthful” atmosphere.

There is something about wearing crazy outfits that spreads joy across Staples.

As specified in a study on school spirit in the Waitaki Girls’ high school, by Linda Cowan, many partake in showing their spirit because of their pride for the school’s achievements. When the school’s community shows that they are passionate about their success, it enforces a positive tone. Cowan also mentions that students and staff feel the responsibility to continue the tradition.

Furthermore, in Cowan’s study, she states that school spirit “represents a set of values that enriches students, giving them security and purpose.” The value of unity has been a trend among the Staples community because they appreciate the sense of belonging that comes with it.

Ms. Parkhurst, a librarian, explained that it is great “to see kids engaging in school spirit” and working together on something.

Ms. Parkhurst is not alone. Many students and teachers admire the relationships that form between the different grades and staff as a result of showing their spirit.

Ms. McClary, the child development teacher, agreed when she said that she is in favor of “anything [that] brings the school together, even when it means wearing pajamas!”

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Alexa Di Luca, Staff Writer
Although an only child, Alexa Di Luca ’15 has a love for kids. When not writing an article for Inklings, Di Luca can be found with a tennis racket in one hand and children in the other. During Fall, Spring and Summer, Di Luca spends her extra time teaching kids how to play tennis. Even though she is not on the Staples Wreckers tennis team, she shows her dedication to the sport by working for the Fairfield County Tennis Program. Di Luca aspires to be an Elementary School teacher. She describes children’s energy as a “blissful happiness,” which is why she loves working with them. Inspired by her Horticulture class, Di Luca decided to go vegan last summer. Previously being a vegetarian for four years, she was ready to take the challenge. Di Luca is still trying to keep up with her vegan menu. Currently, Di Luca is an active member of both Kool to Be Kind and the Key Club. She feels it is an important way to stay connected with the Staples community, as well as educating others Aside from tennis and schoolwork, she also has multiple babysitting jobs. Di Luca feels it’s an exciting way to make money because, as she always says, “Kids are just so fun to be around." “Love life, and life will love you back,” is the motto Di Luca lives by. Not only is it an easy quote to remember, but it also pushes her to have a positive outlook on life.  

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