Spirit Week is held to celebrate and unify SHS students
Sanford High School’s annual #ThisIsUs event will be held on Friday, May 20, for the second half of the day, but the celebrations and spirit will last all week long to build excitement, including Spirit Days chosen by Student Council (listed in the graphic above). The event is put on by the SHS Peer Helpers led by Director of School Counseling Beth Letourneau, in partnership with many clubs and organizations.
“This Is Us SHS invites everyone from our school to come together for some much-needed fun and games,” said Taylor Whitten, Peer Helpers President. “But more importantly, we do this for our school so all students feel welcome and know that they matter in our school.”
The event first started in 2017 and was a big success, but faced modifications during the pandemic. This year’s events are back in full swing with the help of an Aroma Joe’s Rush Bar, Senior Bowling at Bowl-A-Rama, and with carnival games and activities supervised by the Spartan Parent Group. Money and time has also been donated by different clubs and organizations across the school and community. Indoor and outdoor events this year include:
- Aroma Joe’s Rush Bar
- BBQ Lunch
- Obstacle Course
- Nerf War
- Dunk Tank
- Teacher Pie In The Face
- Ping Pong
- Video Game Truck
- Mamma Mia Play
- “Hidden Figures” Movie
- Field Games
- Cotton Candy
- Friendship Bracelets
- Temporary Tattoos
“We want the community to see us and who we are, to understand what our school’s atmosphere is like and what we’re about,” said Whitten.
A tradition from the event includes hanging posters with every student’s name from each grade, which is then matched with an adjective given by a teacher or staff member.
“This offers lots of encouragement to our students and reminds them how at least at one person at SHS thinks they are awesome, smart, talented, [etc.],” said Letourneau.
“We want students to feel valued and remind them that they matter,” said Whitten.
Underclassmen awards will also happen in the morning on Friday while seniors go to Bowl-A-Rama. First and second blocks will be shortened, and the events officially begin at 11 a.m. when students are in Spartan Time.
Peer Helpers would like to thank all involved in making this happen, including, but not limited to:
- Drama Club and Kristie Baker
- Pep Club and Lauren Roy
- Civil Rights Team and Heidi Whitney
- Ping Pong Master Adam Soule
- Physical Education Dept. led by Diana Walker
- GSTA and Sandra Thompson
- National Honors Society and Laurie Works
- SHS Band and Hailey Francoeur
- Student Council and Nate Smith
- Troy Watts and Aaron Tremblay
- Spartan Parent Group