By Brianna Lehr
As the semester comes to a close, the Pride committee is issuing an award to ten lucky students who put in Pride tickets this past semester.
All the Pride tickets gathered this semester will be put together and ten tickets will be picked at random. The students who get chosen will be presented a field trip to SkyZone during the school day. This trip will include the 10 winners and each winner will be able to bring one friend with them on the trip.
By Brianna Lehr
Pride, an acronym that seems to appear everywhere around Red Lion, stands for personable, respectful, integrity, dependable, and engaged. Red Lion is expanding the plan to let Pride be a more student based program in the 2015-2016 school year.
Pride is a program in school to educate, encourage, and reward positive, above and beyond behavior involving school expectations. The program started in 2011, but was not prevalent until 2012, which was when one of Red Lion’s well-known teachers, Andrea Rohrbaugh, took over the program.
“I like the message,” Rohrbaugh said. “I want to recognize the good in school.”
In the 2015-2016 school year, Pride plans to have multiple speakers coming in, such as former NFL Pittsburgh Steeler, Tim Lester, who came in September, and Mrs. Castle. The card making in the winter is to spread joy during the holiday season to the Red Lion Senior Center, the Pediatric Ward, and Manor Care. The pep rallies will be presented to recognize sports in the winter and spring. A lip dub will be created by a certain list of students and teachers. Lastly, a student and staff basketball game is planned for the spring.
Pride plans on expanding their student leadership group and getting more students involved in that, and to throw out more ideas to help continue Pride’s success in the high school.
“We want to instill a pride in Red Lion, be proud of Red Lion,” Rohrbaugh said.
"Red Lion Pride" is a phrase that deeply resonates with many teachers, administration and the surrounding community. One of the goals of the district is for more students to have pride in their school, which is evident through themes at sporting events, school clothing, pep rallies and spirit weeks.
Recently, student council began a campaign to find ways to have a higher number of students participating in spirit weeks. Adviser Mrs. Jane Dennish explained that the ideas is to orientate the spirit days so that the majority of students will be interested and want to participate.
October saw a spirit week held in preparation for the big Halloween game against Dallastown that had a lot of positive feedback. Some of the days included a hat day, "camo day" and America Monday, with hat day raising over $350 for the school.
Dennish helps to plan spirit week along with her committee. "I had received training that helped me in deciding the spirit days," said Mrs. Dennish. "In this training, I was taught to keep it simple and accessible to everyone."
Dennish wants to keep the spirit weeks and days simple and basic. She tries to have spirit days that are "oriented for all the students to express who they are."
The question is, why don't more students participate in spirit week?
"Some of what deters people from spirit week is paying for it," said Mr. Keith Blackwell, a tech-ed teacher at Red Lion Area Senior Highs School.
For many years, Red Lion has had days where the students were asked to wear some sort of clothing to represent school spirit and pride.
Mrs. Andrea Rohrbaugh would like to see more Red Lion's students participate in these types of days. "There are not enough kids," said Rohrbaugh.
Dennish wants to keep the spirit weeks and days simple and basic. She tries to have spirit days that are "oriented for al the students to express who they are."
"I think school spirit is pretty cool," said Sophomore Kyle Oberdick. As seen on the graph, more students participated in the Spirit week than they did year round.
In December, there will be another Spirit week including an ugly sweater contest and other eventful days, including another hat day. If students wear a Santa hat, they can wear it for free.
By Ben Logan
The PRIDE program is relatively well known throughout the school for it’s focus on school ethics and proper behavior. However, in the coming weeks, the high school will be using PRIDE periods to promote school spirit and get students ready for the holiday season that is fast approaching.
Like last year, Red Lion Area High School will be engaging in many activities related to the holiday season. These activities include decorating hallways, crafting cards, and even just doing holiday related things. Although, these activities will replace the PRIDE lessons during activity days, they are aimed to tie into the PRIDE morals and values, all the while further promoting a healthy school environment.
‘We will be doing a lot of cool stuff,” says Mrs. Rohrbaugh. “I am really looking forward to pulling everyone together with the activities we have planned”.
Certain projects that will be undertaken during the next few weeks will not only promote school spirit, but also bring joy to those who need it most, and in particular, children whom are very sick. This is where the PRIDE period really shines; not only are students decorating their school with lights and paper cutouts, but are also sharing the experience with children in need, and making their day feel brighter.
All in all, PRIDE activity periods will be looking to promote a healthy holiday environment, and encourage school spirit in uniting students of all classes through common and uncommon ways. And even though the sparking of hallway rivalries is always interesting, hopefully students won’t get too caught up in the calamity, and not forget why they are doing what they’re doing in the first place.