Have A Holly, Jolly, Spirit Week
By Emma Duncan--Eagle Staff Writer
Dec. 14-17, teachers such as Brandon Custer and students like Haley Cook broke out their best red and green attire, as holiday spirit week had come to cyber-town!
Even though everyone was virtual, Cheer Head Coach and Teachers For Tomorrow teacher Marsha Lopez still wanted to bring school spirit to students.
“We can always show our school spirit, even if we're virtual! Having Spirit Weeks is a way to continue to build our community and show our Eagle pride,” she began. “It gives us something to look forward to and will hopefully bring some smiles to peoples’ faces.”
Monday was Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, Tuesday was Christmas Socks and Hats Day, and Wednesday was Favorite Christmas Movie Day. Thursday was Christmas Bling Day, and to finish off the week, Friday was Red and Green Day.
Many teachers got into the holiday spirit from home, enjoying the opportunity to stay connected from all over the county.
“Spirit week makes me feel like we’re all together as a school and community, even when we can’t physically be together this year,” Eagle Tech teacher Ashly Sigmon shared.
Another teacher, Mark Hatcher, is also big on showing his Eagle pride, and has been for years.
“I graduated from FCHS in 1984 and I loved it then,” began the history instructor. “With the chaos of 2020, I feel it’s even more important to show we are still a united school. Plus it’s fun, and who doesn't want to have a little fun?!”
While spirit week was traditionally made to encourage student engagement, staff members like these have been the main participants.
“So far I feel they've participated a bit more than students,” Lopez said. “I'm hoping we'll get more students to participate. It can help people show their holiday and Eagle spirit!”
Reaction from students has been good.
“It’s definitely good the school is continuing spirit week, even though we’re all virtual,” sophomore Haley Cook said. “It really takes my mind off everything going on in the world—even for just a little while.”
Last year, Cook and her friends often posted their Spirit Week wardrobes on social media to share with the school. Now that schools are empty, pictures are the only way to show spirit.
“Students can post to any social media using #fceagleexcellence or #EaglePride or they can share them with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat,” Lopez concluded.