On spirit week, we need to have pride in our school

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Photo Courtesy Isabel Giovannetti

Maya Barrett ('17), Jacob Freedman ('17), Isabel Giovannetti ('17), Scott Rothschild ('17) and Lexx Pino ('17) pose as the characters from the TV show "Freaks and Geeks".

Leana Pustam, Perspectives Editor

Walking into school, dressed as Ed from Ed, Edd, ‘n’ Eddy in a red striped shirt, green jacket, and red bandana, I looked around and saw everyone wearing their everyday T-shirts. It made me second guess myself in believing Monday was, in fact, Character Day, and I’m sure I was not alone.

After the first day of spirit week, I was surprised at the large number of people who didn’t dress up. I don’t know if it was a problem of a lack of communication or just teenage laziness, but I was very disappointed with the student body.

Spirit Week is the one week out of the year where students can easily show their appreciation for their school. Monday was a great opportunity for students to dress up in their favorite characters from TV shows, books, movies, etc. while showcasing their excitement for homecoming season and their school spirit.

Unfortunately, by my very unscientific estimates, I’d say that only about 20% of the kids dressed up.

I remember the three previous senior classes had so much enthusiasm with their Spirit Week outfits. As a senior this year, I intend to dress up every day. My four years at Robinson are quickly coming to a close, and throughout the years I’ve learned to love Spirit Week and take advantage of the opportunity it gives us to dress up.

A lot of students don’t care about spirit. They either dismiss the idea as a waste of time, or refute it with negative claims about the school. However, there is no good reason as to why you shouldn’t love your high school. Robinson and its dedicated students put a lot of thought into improving our school and making it a better place for all of us, the least we could do is show some excitement.

Spirit Week shouldn’t be a chore. It’s easy to get a small group to be pumped up about school spirit by tie-dying shirts or having a pre-game body painting session.

Although Monday’s Spirit Day turnout wasn’t ideal, it’s never too late to improve. Here’s a reminder for the rest of week:

  • Tie-Dye Tuesday
  • Wacky Neon Wednesday
  • Throwback Thursday
  • Class Colors Friday

Don’t let others’ lack of excitement discourage you. Wear what you want to wear, even if your friends don’t want to dress up. It isn’t “lame” to be excited about the place where you will have spent four years of your youth at. I’d want to spend my time here thinking of all the ways I could show spirit and have fun. If we all work together, we can make Spirit Week one of the most exciting events at Robinson for seniors, freshmen, and everyone in between.