Monday, September 25, 2017

Rocking Some School Spirit- Or Not

This kid of mine is an athletic trainer and mommy...and wife and sister and daughter and granddaughter and so on and on and on...and for some reason this just delights our family. I think it's because we love football so much. I mean, every weekend during the college and NFL games if the trainers have to go out on the field we yell, "THERE GOES ATDAUGHTER!" Only we say her name instead of ATDAUGHTER. And no, it's not her but it is her job. So it's no surprise that when her high school was the featured game on a local channel last Friday night I was in front of the television. With my camera. Thaaat's right. I one of THOSE moms. The one who takes pictures of their adult kid when she's on television. What can I say? I have great kids.

That's ATDaughter in the khaki shorts. 
But this isn't a post about my great kids. This is a post about school spirit. ATDaughter's high school has almost as many students as the one in our town on the other side of the bridge...ok not quite as they have approximately 2,000 and we have over 4,000 but still, they aren't tiny. Before our high school had 4,000 students there was not a single time when the stands were not filled to overflowing with parents, other relatives, students, teachers, admin on Friday nights during football season. No, we aren't a high school who can go off about all our winning seasons. But after watching the game last night and seeing the stands being less than half full at the West Ashley game, I will tell you what we can brag about on this side of the bridge- school spirit.

That's not her player but she had to go out there because he stayed down a long time
 so she needed to see if they needed her spine board, golf cart, or EMS.
Luckily for that player, they did not need those things. 
We've got it, they don't. I'm so sad for WA High School. At Wando High School the stands are filled with students, the most amazing band in the state, parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles/cousins/etc of the football players, the cheerleaders, and the band. The teachers and the administrators even come. School spirit is important to our high school. I can't imagine why it isn't important over there.

School spirit shows everyone that we care about the school, the students and the community. That we're supportive no matter what the activity or sport or whether they win or not. At Wando, we're all in this thing together. We always have been.

So, come on West Ashely family. Get it together and get out there and support your school! You'll find it makes all the difference to your students.

Meanwhile, Wando parents, faculty/staff/admin, community, supporters of any kind, while we aren't perfect (far from it) stand up and give yourselves a round of applause. Y'all are still rocking the school spirit around here!

Also meanwhile, Baby M was loving on her doggie this weekend (photo by GSIL [Genius Son-In-Law]):

And not to be left out, Baby R was rocking some sleep.

How's the school spirit in your neck of the woods?

Oh and, what are your grand-loves up to?

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  1. Sorry, I don't follow football at all. Not even when my oldest girl was there. She didn't seem to care a whole lot either. Our youngest did online high school, so she didn't care either. Actually, I never went to a football game when I was in high school either.

    Now as far as the grandson, I got to talk to him on video chat on thankful for being able to do this.

    Love the pictures of both your grandkids. You are a blessed woman!!

    1. Our stands are filled to capacity no matter the sport in this town. The parents are quite supportive. Even when no sports are involved and it's just the band. LOL I love that we have ways to have visual calls with our loved ones when they live far away. It is definitely one of the good things about technology! :)

  2. Oh I love School Spirit! Our kids always got into it and are passing it along to the next generation. I think it's important for parents to be involved so their kids see them showing they care and are willing to pitch in!
    Loved working the concession stand and sitting in the stands cheering. Win or lose we were there.

    1. I do, too! Now I didn't love working the concession stand but...LOL I enjoyed pulling for your Saints on Sunday. I have given up the Panthers because they all stood during the anthem. Yep, that's why.

  3. Joe's school spirit returns with Villanova basketball. Great photos of your grands!

  4. How exciting for you Pam! I would be taking photos too! Thanks for sharing your story with us at #overthemoon link party. Have a great week!
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

    1. Thanks for hosting over there and for commenting!

  5. While I'm not a big school sports fan I do believe support from classmates and parents are important. There have been news reports in the past that occasionally these local fans can cross the line and criminally "show" their support. Of course those crazies lost the meaning of school spirit.

    1. We don't have that down here or at least not at our school. I don't recall hearing any school down here having that problem. Thankfully. And yes, they've definitely lost the meaning of school spirit if they've gone that route.

  6. I almost think that smaller schools at times have more spirit. They come together not only as a school but an entire town.
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    1. Wando has between 4,000 and 5,000 and the community is always there and very involved. I'm not sure what happened over at West Ashley as they used to be the same way. I grew up in a small town and the school spirit was shared among teachers, students and parents. But that was back in the dinosaur days. LOL Thank you!

  7. Today is homecoming at our local high school and my son will be playing his first Varsity Homecoming game as a sophomore. He's pretty excited and nervous. We are playing an undefeated team. We have great school spirit in all of our sports and I love watching the student section do their chants and cheers. My middle son is going into athletic training as well and is a former football player too. Thank you for the post.

    1. How exciting! I hope Y'all win! AT is a GREAT profession. I hope your son loves it as much as my daughter does. :) Thank you!


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