Do you remember the Pep Rally?
It's been a long time since I've given any thought to the Pep Rallys we held in school. I don't remember grade school get togethers. I doubt we had any since my grade school split into at least three different high schools. But, I do remember my high school, Benet Academy, and the Friday pep rally.
I especially remember "We Are the Champions" by Queen pouring into the hallways from the loud speakers. To this day I do not know who allowed such a song to be played in our Catholic prep school hallways, but it is a vivid memory -- one I know I'll ever forget.
So why the trip down memory lane? Ezard Elementary in Conway Missouri held a pep rally this past Friday. Conway is a self contained campus - with all 12 grades on the same grounds. My daughter is in sixth grade and neither one of us remember having another pep rally. If she's had one in the past six years, she doesn't remember and neither do I.
This was Homecoming weekend and to celebrate the power of being a Conway Bear, the elementary school kids dressed in their best spirit wear, with prizes being awarded in each of the classrooms to the child showing the most spirit. Red, white and black hair was the norm on Friday. Hat, shirts, pants and shoes - all a sea of red, white and black. I'm confident every child had a bear or at least a bear print some where on their body!
At the actual rally, the varsity cheerleaders performed, the Sugar Bears danced, the high school girls basketball team stopped in as did the boys basketball team. Both coach's said a few words of wisdom and of course, invited everyone to the game.
Some of these kids may not have understood the power of being part of this Conway Team, but I know they all felt it - and I'm confident they will remember it.
The gym was alive and oh, so very, very loud!
It truly was a great day to be a Conway Bear!