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Dillon Middle School holds ‘Spirit Day’ to teach students the value of school spirit

Laughter and joy echoed throughout the halls of Emerson J. Dillon Middle School recently, as the building held its annual “Spirit Day” to start up the new school year and reinforce the importance of school spirit.

From left, eighth graders Maggie Lee Basile, Hannah Root and Caroline Harrington carry the “Orange Tigers” banner as part of the EJD “Spirit Day.”
From left, eighth graders Maggie Lee Basile, Hannah Root and Caroline Harrington carry the “Orange Tigers” banner as part of the EJD “Spirit Day.”

For Spirit Day, each grade of students was split into teams based on colors, with an objective of showcasing school spirit in a respectful and responsible way. Students wore bracelets, hats, beads and shirts in their color to show support for their team.

Students then congregated in the school’s gymnasium, where a rally was held to give students a chance to square-off for some friendly competition. The rally began with students from each team parading banners around the gym and ended with a dodgeball tournament.

Thunderous cheering and bubbling laughed filled the gym during the dodgeball games, especially when EJD staff members began to dodge the colored balls.

The biggest cheer of the event came when EJD staff took to the court to play dodgeball. Teaching assistant Laurie Doss looks on as science teacher Ted Forde prepares to throw a ball.
The biggest cheer of the event came when EJD staff took to the court to play dodgeball. Teaching assistant Laurie Doss looks on as science teacher Ted Forde prepares to throw a ball.

Each time a teacher was eliminated, the student body would let out a collective cheer of approval.

“My favorite part was definitely the dodgeball tournament,” said student Caitlin George, secretary of the Dillon Way Student Council. “It was fun to play and watching the teachers play was too hysterical. Everyone was able to participate who wanted to, so I think it was a big success.”

During the assembly, students also learned about “Dillon Dot Tickets,” which are given by staff members throughout the school year to students who show respect and responsibility.

Overall, English teacher Nicole George said the day was a huge success.

“Students left excited about dot tickets and being a part of a team, and the wonderful staff at EJD was also excited to start rewarding students for showing the ‘Dillon Way.’ A great start to the year,” George said.