By Leah Russell

Sports Editor

For so many years, spirit week has been a staple at Hammond. Starting with fun themes to dress up for every day of the week, and ending with a pancake breakfast, parade, and homecoming game, it is no wonder that so many students wait all year for this fun-filled week. And while Covid-19 may have kept Hammond students away from the building this year, it cannot keep students away from the fun.

This year’s spirit week is a little outside the norm, like all school events have been this year. With Pizza Wars on Monday, October 26th, and two more fun events, a Kona Ice truck and food trucks, planned for Wednesday and Friday that week respectively.

Students are encouraged to dress up in their classes and join their friends at these events. With the TLV Tree Farm being such a hit with the seniors, many believe that these events will be a hit as well. Junior Olivia Vander Putten stated, “I’m really excited for Pizza Wars, and since it’s also Class Color Day it should be really fun!”

Hammond’s Boosters, Student Government Association, and Class Councils have been working hard to make these activities possible, with more planned for the future.

“SGA will definitely be working hard to plan as many inclusive and fun events as possible this fall  and in the spring,” the 2020 SGA President, Shivani Modi, expressed about their plans for the rest of the school year. 

While this Virtual Spirit Week is sure to be a hit with students and parents, there has been much discussion about having an in-person spirit week if students are back in school by the end of the year.

“A second spirit week in person would be great at bringing our classes together after so much time apart,” Camryn Johnson, the 2021 Class President suggested, “I will really miss hall decorating and I know others will too, so if we could possibly do that I think it would be a good decision.”

The proper precautions are being followed while these events are taking place in order to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. Hammond students should listen to Shivani Modi in regard to the safety of our students during this week, “Our spirit week is a team effort! As long as everyone masks up and stays apart when possible, we can continue to have our events. It’s so important for everyone to take responsibility for their actions and be a contributing member of the Hammond Community.”

Like every activity this year, Virtual Spirit Week will take place outdoors with masks required to help keep all students and family members in our community safe. Come join the fun at these three in-person events and virtual dress up days!