It happens every year. You get excited and work hard with your class on the first Friday of Spirit Week to make the best hallway you can, and in the end it looks amazing and pristine. Spirit is pulsing through the air, but then, you walk into school the next Monday, or in this year’s case, Tuesday, and the hallways are destroyed, paper falling off the walls and cluttering the floors. All of your class’s hard work has no point anymore as the custodians are already doing their rounds with their big, blue garbage bins, cleaning up the mess.
As a member of the Student Council, the fact that this destruction has happened every single year, at least in my five years at Mason, is frustrating. I, along with the other SCA members and staff, spend countless hours preparing for Spirit Week, planning the SCA retreat with the specific goal of choosing a theme for Spirit Week, which would be reflected in the hallways created.
“It makes me extremely upset! Not only is the hallway destroyed, but our spirit is destroyed for the rest of the week,” agreed Alex McMillen, senior.
Hall decorating is supposed to be the kick off of Spirit Week, the one event that builds, not only class unity, but school unity as well. The hallways themselves symbolize this unison and spirit that each class worked so hard to create, and, for those students who stayed a few extra minutes after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, when hall decorating was over, and walked through each of the halls, carefully critiquing them, I’m sure you were proud of our school.
It’s also a waste when the halls get destroyed. Being generous, each class probably used two rolls of paper each, and for all of that paper to only be up for a few hours almost has no purpose at all.
“It’s as if it doesn’t even matter anymore because all of that paper is just wasted, but it’s not like we can prevent it because we aren’t allowed to use duct tape on the walls. It just makes spirit week so much less spirited,” said a very fed up junior and SCA representative Maeve Curtin.
Perhaps next year, the classes should use materials other than paper so, not only will the halls not be as ruined in the end, but the spirit will continue to thrive for the rest of the week, not being hindered by any disappointments right from day one of Spirit Week.