Evans Park Elementary School's Spirit Week continues to evolve.
One change for this year was the culmination of the week of special events with a Flash Mob dance involving the entire school Friday morning, providing an opportunity for students in grades Kindergarten through fourth to work together.
"They took to it. They just loved it," Evans Park Principal Peggy Lynch said. "Wept them around (the multipurpose room) so they could see each other. In the elementary school, sometimes it's a challenge to build your community across grades. When they work together doing he same thing, that's nice."
This year's spirit week also included Hat Day and a basketball show by the Harlem Wizards. Lynch said that Kindergarten teacher Jacinta Winters suggested including a spirit of giving as well as a message of school pride for this year. Students brought in food items all week to be donated to People to People. The school collected a total of 1,243 items.
"We told them to bring in one thing every day," Lynch said of the message to students. "Don't just bring in a bag of stuff. Fro me, when you do charitable work, you have to connect it to the kids. It's not that we're trying to increase charities' tills. We're trying to teach children to be charitable."
Hat Day was a fundraiser for Heavenly Hats, which collects and distributes new hats to people of all ages who lose their hair due to cancer and other medical treatments. Students were allowed to wear hats in school if they brought in fifty cents.
"Hat day worked out very well. We have 353 students and we raised $339," Lynch said. "That was a good day."
The appearance by the Harlem Wizards came with some help from Dominican College.
"The event planner from Dominican College called and said, 'I see you are having pride and spirit week. Can we bring them over?" Lynch said. "They had a great time. They had the kids doing crazy games and contests.
"At the end, for five minutes, which is appropriate for a kid of our population, they said they had some serious things to talk about. They talked about bullying and about using drugs. They said this is how you have this kind of fun, if you do what you need to do along the way. It was a nice message and a lot of fun."