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Do you love your school? Do you like to support your fellow students in all that they do? Do you cheer on your sports teams when they take on rival schools? Do you go to see the plays and musical performances put on by your school’s drama, choir, and band departments? How about your school’s academic teams? Do you root them on in competitions?

If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, then you definitely have school spirit. School spirit is the emotional support you show for your school. From elementary and middle schools to high schools and universities, school spirit can be found in many forms.

For example, some people show their school spirit by dressing up in their school colors. Others attend games and competitions to support their friends and fellow students. Sometimes school spirit takes the form of loudly cheering from the sidelines.

Does your school need more spirit? Try throwing a pep rally! Many schools gather students in the gymnasium on a Friday afternoon prior to a big game. They watch cheerleaders perform and hear from players and coaches. A band might even play the school fight song to get students excited.

Pep rallies are a lot of fun. They also get the entire student body fired up and filled with school spirit. If a pep rally is really successful, it will spill over into the excitement of the game. This can lead to lots of students in attendance cheering loudly for their school’s team.

Some student groups take school spirit one step further. How? By celebrating National School Spirit Day, of course! Gather some friends and work with your principal and teachers to pump up the school spirit. Help organize a pep rally and look for other ways to show school spirit. Your school could even win a School Spirit Award! Just look for school spirit competitions online or in your area.

Standards: CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.6, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.W.4

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