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What's the Deal with Sweek?

Donuts, Chick-fil-A biscuits, and StuGo exec enthusiasm. Is there any other occasion that can hold all of these characteristics other than Spirit Week?

Some of the activities, events, and announcements associated with the week can be found obnoxious, annoying, and thought of as pointless. So, why do we even have Spirit Week? What benefits the students and school from Spirit Week except for the fact that GMC is just receiving more money?

I am assuming that this is a question that is running through many students’ minds right about now, especially those students who have attended the school for at least a couple of years. Spirit Week can receive a lot of criticism and I hope to change your mind about this critical event.

Why should I care about Spirit Week?

Spirit Week is like the 4th of July; it’s celebrated to because GMC is an awesome school. Not only are our teachers cool people who we can talk to comfortably, but they show an incredible amount of dedication towards us, the students. Office hours, after-school clubs, and “chill” electives are some of the things that you would almost never find at any other school. We also have the ability to take college classes in high school, one of the best cross-country teams in the state, and a comfortable environment to take classes in.

Another important factor to consider is that, according to the Spirit Week Website (found here), the first $10,000 of Spirit Week funds will go towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization with the goal of granting wishes to children with life-threatening diseases. So, every penny, nickel, dollar, and dime that is put forth for Spirit Week is a supporting cause towards the $10,000 fundraiser. Why are we supporting Make-A-Wish? Maddie Buisch, our student body president, responded to this question with this response: "[w]e chose to support Make-A-Wish because we love the idea of granting wishes. Whether that be for our students or the Wish Kids, we wanted to grant as many wishes as possible! We love what Make-A-Wish does."

Why should I give my money to Spirit Week?

As said in the above section, Spirit Week’s primary goal is to raise $10,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Out of the many organizations we could give money to, this is the best one to do so. Granting wishes for children with life-threatening diseases is one of the few opportunities not many people have, so any donations are a small way to give to a larger idea.

By the way, almost all the ways you can give towards Spirit Week will directly benefit you. Here is a list of the activities that you can partake in and their benefits:

Jail and Bail- Who doesn’t want to see their friend(s) piled onto the faculty balcony?

Art and Talent Show- Enjoy the impressive talents of your fellow students.

Profit Shares- Go out to eat, while giving money to GMC and hanging out with friends.

Biscuits and Donuts- Having either of these at the beginning of your day will sure make it better.

Skate Night- Time to test your balance!

Bowling- A good game of bowling can never go wrong, can it?

Charter Barter- Did you know that parents can donate money to Spirit Week for their hours? It's a win-win!