Spirit Week 2016…38th Annual “United Way Day”

3519_001What a great way to kick off a new school year! The Student Council of DuBois Central Catholic High School is finalizing plans for the school’s 38th year of raising funds for the local United Way Campaign.   UNITED WAY DAY 2016 is taking place on Friday, September 23, which is the concluding event of Spirit Week, and will be taking place on school grounds this year.

For almost four 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 festivities, explains Student Council advisor Kathleen Kunkle.

Student Council President Riley Meyers and Vice-President Alexsis Kosko are finalizing the week-long slate of events. Other seniors involved in the planning are Michael Misiewicz, Gabby Caruso, Pedar Garred, Trisha Gupta, and Mark Latuska.

The special dress days for 2016 will use the ‘versus theme’:   flashback vs fast-forward, athlete vs mathlete, business man vs business woman, and super hero vs super villain.  

Class themes for the yearly skits this year are based on music genres:  6th grade – Classic Rock; 7th grade –  Country;  8th grade- Pop;  9th grade – Gospel/Christian;   10th grade  – Punk; 11th  grade – Reggae;  and 12th grade – Rap. Faculty always manages to surprise the students with a fun 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.

A picnic lunch will be part of the celebration, served by DCC parents. Students will be providing the music. 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. According to tradition, each grade level performs a musical skit drawing from their designated theme.  The Senior High Drama Class will provide transition acts between class presentations.

In addition, DuBois Central Catholic Elementary School will be supporting the local United Way Campaign with a jeans day on Friday.

Kunkle stresses, “Making students aware of the many needs of our local community…and how they can help…is an important goal of United Way Day.”  Each year, Central students from all grade levels- elementary, middle and high- join together in this fundraising effort.



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