The most recent spirit day held at the Mabelle B. Avery Middle School had students and staff yearning for summer.
Students donned brightly colored leis, sunglasses, straw skirts and Hawaiian shirts as a way to celebrate their school spirit on Tropical Day.
Held monthly, the school’s spirit days are organized by the Association of Student Democracy (ASD), and are meant to encourage students to support the school and show their school spirit by dressing up in outrageous and fun clothes based on the day’s theme.
"It generates school spirit and creates camaraderie amongst the students. The outfits are very innovative and give the students an opportunity to show their uniqueness," Asst. Principal Susan Muirhead said of the spirit days.
“It increases morale and allows the students to express themselves creatively," she added.
Throughout the course of the year, students have participated in different themed dress-up days such as Twin Day, when two friends dress the same, and most recently Black and White Day, when Oreo cookies were given out at lunch to students who wore black and white for the day.
Last week, students Nicole and Stephanie said they liked the Tropical Day theme "because we get to dress up differently … and it is fun to show your school spirit."
Fellow middle school student Sarah said she liked the monthly spirit days because they bring “everyone in the school together for one fun day."