DCC Gears Up for 40th UNITED WAY DAY!


The Student Council of DuBois Central Catholic High School is celebrating its 40th year of raising funds for the local United Way Campaign.   UNITED WAY DAY 2018 is taking place Friday, September 21. It is the concluding event of Spirit Week, which begins Monday, September 17, 2018.

According to Student Council advisor Kathleen Kunkle, this year’s event marks four decades of raising funds for the local United Way campaign. She adds, “It has served as a great ending for Spirit Week activities since 1978, and we are always appreciative when Herm Suplizio, Director of the United Way and a Central grad, stops by to share in the fun.”

Student Council President Haley Pettenati and Vice-President Max Forcey have determined the week-long slate of events.   Other students involved in the planning are seniors Emily Williams, Kenny Starr, Justin Miknis, Abey Pettenati, and Kyrsten Ruch. Juniors Johnny Ritsick, Lindsey Reiter, Maddie Miscavish, and Alex Ochs, along with sophomores Madison Gill, Maria Werner, Beth Williams and Emily Joseph, are also part of the United Way planning committee.

“Several other seniors taking Social Justice this term have embarked on a project to contact the agencies funded by the United Way to determine the community needs served, then sharing their findings with fellow students by creating a video on the life-sustaining role played by the United Way and its positive impact on the quality of life in our area,” Kunkle explains. Working on this video project are seniors Noah Bloom, Quinn Kulling, Peter Downer, Andre Hanes, Faith Hannah, Anne Latuska, Lillie Lee, Ethan Stoddard, Josh Solnosky, Dom Torretti, Zach Vandervort, and Makenzie Manning.

Some of the 2018 theme days include Manic Monday, Tie-Dye Day, College Day, Dress Code or Better Day, and Skit Day. 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.

Class themes for the yearly skits this year are based on the movies: 6th grade – Cartoons; 7th grade – Super Heroes; 8th grade- Action; 9th grade – Science Fiction; 10th grade  – Comedy; 11th  grade  – Romantic Comedy; and 12th grade – horror. Faculty always manages to have an outstanding performance as well.

All activities will be taking place on school grounds. A picnic lunch will be part of the celebration, served by 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 class theme.

In addition, DuBois Central Catholic Elementary School will be joining with middle and high students in supporting the local campaign by having a jeans day on United Way Day.

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.

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