BY: CHRISTINA ALFARO AND MADISON BENNER
Respect Week and Spirit Week, celebrated annually, have a different theme each day. Students and staff dress according to each theme.
Respect Week focused on self-respect, respect for others, and respect for the environment. Blue Day, Monday’s theme, focused on self-respect. Sophomore, Autumn Ferrante explains, “Everyone had an issue with [self-respect]… I can’t do this, it should be, oh I can do this, or I can try to do this.” People stigmatize talking positively about oneself at times, so people tend to put themselves down.
Pink out, the final day of Respect Week, spread awareness for Breast Cancer. Mrs. Vera, a Spanish instructor stated, “I’ve had women in my family who’ve had to combat cancer, they go through so much. I think that everyone in general, not just women should acknowledge that.” She believes wearing pink shows support for the cause in a terrific way.
During Spirit Week, which led up to Homecoming, students engaged in school activities and wore themed apparel to exhibit school enthusiasm. Lexsa Murray, a sophomore, said that Spirit Week “gives students something to look forward to … even if it’s something you would normally wear or do, it’s nice to have a dedicated day because you feel like you’re a part of something.”
TikTok inspired Anything but a Backpack Day. “Everyone goes crazy for TikTok trends,” senior Erik Taddeo stated. Despite the trend, Taddeo deemed the week a success and said it raised school spirit.
Sophomore, Jenna Ranelli felt that the week gave opportunities students might not have on a normal school week. “It’s a fun thing to do at school that you may or may not be able to do every day. You’re showing pride for your school.”
In honor of Inclusive Schools Week, Project Unify has planned another theme week for December 6 through December 10. The featured themes are Magic Monday (Disney attire), Tie Die Tuesday, We are one Wednesday (school colors), Jersey Thursday (sports jerseys) and Friendship Friday (Twin Day). Students who participate will display support for inclusion of all students.
Photos by Christina Alfaro and Madison Benner