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!”