Indiana Area Senior High School

New Club Takes On Spirit Week

By JENNY TODD

Student Advisory Council is a new club at IHS this year. They have been observing and watching how things run at IHS and wanted to make a difference.

For it being their first year and getting a late start the SAC has already started and accomplished such great things. They had a goal and worked so hard to make sure it happened. As a new club it is hard to be respected or get the word out compared to some of IHS older clubs. 

Since starting this club students have been working hard on a spirit week. MarCha’ Ellis is one of the clubs main organizers and said, “ As the committee was being formed, we wondered what we could do to make the end of the school year a little fun. The committee came up with having a spirit week for prom (since we never had one for prom) and activity during lunches just for people to have some fun (even though we couldn’t have them that week, we plan to have sometime in the future).” MarCha’ has a positive attitude and looks on the bright side of what this week might look like for her and the club. She said that “We made sure to get it out beforehand and encouraged people to participate in it.” 

IHS Student Madeline Shirley poses with her baby carriage for anything but a backpack day [Photo Courtesy of Jenny Todd]

The activities that took place April 25th-29th (prom week) were in order;  Loungewear day, Come as your not day, Decades day, Bring anything but a book-bag day, and lastly Hawaiian tacky tourist day. Students planned to have events like lunchtime yoga, kickball, and other activities to get you moving. Due to the weather, these events were not able to take place. The club hopes to have them happen later this month. 

Tamiera Willamson was another student who helped work on making sure this was a successful event. She says,  “SAC came up with the activities to help students get their mind off of school for a little bit and focus on their mental health. We picked activities that we thought the students would enjoy! For spirit week we thought long and hard about what theme days we wanted to do. The other SAC members and I combined all of their ideas together and ended up having an amazing spirit week layout.” It is great to have a club that is so willing to put the students’ needs in perspective. When asked about her motivation she said, “My motivation was seeing the school come together to participate in the activities and the spirit days. Seeing the outcome and the happiness from everyone kept me even more motivated and looking forward to the next day.” It is extremely important that our school is doing things to put a smile on the students’ faces. The most popular day this week was definitely “anything but a backpack.”

As time goes on there is so much more hope for what this club will accomplish and it would be great to see new members willing to get involved. What these students did as a small group is definitely a foreshadowing for what is to come. 

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