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Eastside students celebrate
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From left, Emme Reed, 10, and her best friend, Gracie Smith, 9, dress in the costumes they wore to Disney World when the girls went on vacation together.
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Braylon Powers, 9, brings his digital camera to add a tacky twist to his tourist costume.

Eastside students have spirit. Yes, they do! Students donned tourist outfits combined with a tacky twist on Tuesday to show their school pride. 

Spirit week is taking place to celebrate the Eastside Elementary Bulldogs’ final eighth-grade home basketball game of the season. The team will be playing Irving College on Thursday and students and faculty members are rooting the team on through fun costumes.  

“Spirit week presents a feeling of community and is a fun way to get the whole school excited about our basketball team, cheerleaders and all of our athletes,” says teacher and student council leader Jason Gann. “I love seeing everyone with smiles on their faces and having such a good time.”

One student and one staff member are chosen each day as the winners for those best depicting the theme. Two students are selected from each homeroom and judged by principal Carol Prater and a variety of staff members. 

The school’s student council chooses the faculty winner. 

“We choose the winner by those who go above and beyond,” says Prater. “Spirit week gives students the opportunity to show their personality. I love seeing the uniqueness and creativity the students come up with. Of course, they come to school to learn, but we also want them to have fun.” 

Violette Hardin, 9, was the winner of Tuesday’s Tacky Tourist Day and received a certificate, homework pass and cotton candy. The faculty winner was school counselor Shawn Palombo who won a Walmart gift card.

“I was really excited because I’ve never won any of these contests before,” says Violette. “If I could be a tourist anywhere, I’d go to Jamaica and enjoy the beaches.”

Eastside School will continue showing school spirit with Wednesday’s Way Back Day depicting the 1950s, Thankful for Bulldogs Day, and Fun Disney Day. On Thursday, a pep rally will be held, and a night of celebration will take place during the basketball game.