The Student Council of DuBois Central Catholic High School has received approval for its 37th year of raising funds for the local United Way Campaign. UNITED WAY DAY 2015 is taking place Friday, September 18. It is the concluding event of Spirit Week, which begins Monday, September 14.
For over three decades, DCC’s annual Spirit Week has ended with a UNITED WAY DAY, a tradition begun in 1978. Raising funds for the local campaign has been an integral part of the event, cites Student Council advisor Kathleen Kunkle.
Student Council President Nick Sczcerba and Vice-President Joey Varischetti have determined the week-long slate of events. Other students involved in the planning are Tessa Sayers, Jake Miknis, Michael Zaffuto, Abbie Martini, Alexis Kosko, Meghan Graeca, Riley Meyers, Trisha Gupta, and Mark Latuska.
Some of the 2015 theme days include Twins/Triplets Day, School Spirit Day, and Americana.
Class themes for the yearly skits this year are based on national holidays: 6th grade – New Years; 7th grade – Valentines Day; 8th grade- St. Patrick’s Day; 9th grade – July 4th; 10th grade – Halloween; 11th grade – Thanksgiving; ; and 12th grade – Christmas. Faculty always manages to have an outstanding performance as well.
According to Kunkle, the school’s normal dress code will be altered during the week thanks to Central’s administration that recognizes the importance of Spirit Week and accommodates the wishes of the students as much as possible.
For the past twenty years, Central’s United Way Day has been taking place at the DuBois City Park, thanks to the cooperation of the City of DuBois. A picnic lunch will be part of the celebration, served by parents.
Students will be providing the music at the park. Competitions have been organized by Student Council and will be staffed by DCC teachers. Some of the events taking place include Powder Puff Football, featuring the junior girls versus the senior girls, flag football, softball, kickball, volleyball, Can Jam, soccer, basketball, and a variety of less active events.
Central’s annual lip sync competition will be held in the auditorium Friday morning prior to the students and faculty boarding busses to the park. According to tradition, each grade level performs a musical skit drawing from their class theme.
In addition, DuBois Central Catholic Elementary School will be supporting the local United Way Campaign with a jeans day on Friday.
Kunkle concludes, “Becoming more aware of the many needs of our community and how students can use their talents and gifts to help others is an important goal of UNITED WAY DAY.” Each year, Central students of all grade levels- elementary, middle and high- join together in this effort.