"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.