­A student’s story

Students celebrate Spartan PRIDE Week

Two weeks ago, the students at Hughesville High School dressed a little differently than normal. Rather than their usual winter attire, students and staff could be seen wearing anything from snuggies covered with the logos of their favorite sports teams to sunglasses and flowery shirts. Why? To raise awareness within the community for pressing teen issues.

This Spartan PRIDE Week was organized by the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club and was done so from Feb. 12-16 as this was the National Random Acts of Kindness week. Each day, students were asked to dress in accordance with a previously stated theme. These themes, created by SADD student officers, provided a way for students to show their support for SADD and its goals. The themes for the week were: Non-Slay Monday, where participants dressed in their comfiest clothes; Tacky Tourist Tuesday in which binoculars and tropical shirts were broken in despite the cold; What is Love Wednesday, where students and staff wore red, pink or white and often spontaneously broke out into Haddaway’s rendition of “What is love?”; Team Thursday when individuals represented their favorite team ranging from the Steelers to the Clippers to the Air Force; and finally, Find Your Worth Friday, where students and staff wore their SADD club T-shirts to support their mission of having each and every student “find their worth.”

Students and staff from all grades and all ends of Hughesville participated in the event. “It was good,” said Gracie Grieco, a SADD member. “It brought everybody together as a school.”

To conclude the week, the YWCA in Williamsport hosted a community dance on Feb. 16 and invited students from all across Lycoming County. This “glow dance” featured multicolored black lights which lighted up a special type of face paint participants could have put on, a DJ who interacted with the dancers and a fog machine. In addition to the festivities provided by the YWCA, they took this opportunity to raise awareness for teen dating violence. Off the dancefloor, there were information and aid stations set up to better educate youth on violence within relationships. “We wanted to re-engage the community and get them excited working with us,” said Cassie Brelsford, YWCA staff member.

The Rivery Valley Health and Dental Center also joined the YWCA for the event. They had done joint activities before, including 5Ks for health and outreach fairs, but this is their first time doing the dance. The event had an amazing turnout with dozens of students from multiple school districts in attendance and both parties are hopeful they will be able to hold it again next year. Likewise, the Hughesville High School’s SADD club is planning on organizing more school wide events and would love the opportunity to work with organizations within the community.

Thompson is a senior at Hughesville High School. Her column is published on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Education section. She can be reached at education@­ sungazette.com.