The Shawano Community High School Student Council introduced a Holiday Week to celebrate the holidays before Christmas break. Dress up days were to be held Wednesday, December 19 up to Friday, December 21. Students were strongly encouraged to participate in this new event.
The advisor of Student Council, Mrs. Elizabeth Alexander, explained why Holiday Week was introduced by stating, “This time of year is such a difficult time for students and staff with stress, tests and just a lot going on. I’ve heard students for years lament the fact that we don’t do fun things like they did when they were younger. The idea of bringing some joy in a silly and nostalgic way seemed like a good way to lessen some stress and bring some holiday spirit.”
Wednesday was Polar Express Day during which students wore their pajamas. Thursday was Holiday Spirit Day, which included wearing red and green or dressing like their favorite holiday character. Lastly, on Friday students were to wear ugly sweaters.
Sophomore Grace Licausi is a member of Student Council and explained the preparation process by stating, “We had a few small committee meetings, set up flyers and made sure there was someone covering each shift for all activities. We had to make sure the principal was okay with everything. Starting off small was great so we can add more activities and dress up days in the future years.”
All staff members were welcomed to be involved. This was a fun week for everyone. On Wednesday, if students wore their pajamas, they received cookies and hot cocoa as a reward from Student Council. Students should always participate in events like these because they do not occur often, and the more they participate, the more the Student Council and staff will be encouraged to do events like this again.
Mrs. Alexander described the inspiration for Holiday Week by stating, “We had a committee of students visit another local school to get ideas to improve Homecoming. One of the things we saw was that they also did a mini spirit week for the holidays. It was something that seemed fun and would help improve the attitude and motivation of students, and hopefully make these last few days a bit more enjoyable.”
Student Council financed the cookies and hot cocoa by teaming up with the food service to make all the cookies and hot cocoa needed. Student Council was going to make their own cookies, but 300 were needed for this event.
“I was excited to participate in the fun week, and I would not have changed a thing. I am looking forward to planning more fun days like the Holiday Week and what is in store for next year,” stated Licausi.
The last week of school before break is increasingly difficult to get through each day with tests, projects, and homework both for teachers and students. Having so many people work together to make the last week of school pleasurable and bring the community together shows the true holiday spirit.