How I Spent My Student Appreciation Week
Author Ted Fairfield
To mitigate many of the school-related stresses associated with the month of April (prom, AP test preparation etc…), the Charter School of Wilmington held its second annual Student Appreciation Week from April 3 - April 7. The administration provided many exciting activities, culinary treats, and sanitary accommodations including scavenger hunts, raffles, the Spring Pep Rally, hot pretzels, and even new soaps for the bathrooms.
This week may be the most exciting and pleasure filled week of the whole school year, but unfortunately for me, I spent most this week in bed with the bronchitis and strep throat (yes, both at the same time). Now, some actual journalists might elect to defer the “Student Appreciation Week article” to someone who actually attended Student Appreciation week, but I never renege on my promises. So as promised to the editor of the Force File, here’s my take on Student Appreciation Week.
Monday: As I walked into school, I noticed that many people were out of dress code, and in that moment, I realized that I had completely forgotten student appreciation week. Dressed in a charter polo and khaki pants, I walked into school ready to seize the day. I really felt the love and appreciation from all of my teachers (especially from the two teachers who gave me tests that day). Like last year, teachers gave out raffle tickets for a chance to win big prizes, such as Mr. Anderson’s parking spot for a week or a batch of Mrs. Ott’s world famous cookies (which I can confirm are quite delectable). Unfortunately, this would be the last day of the week I would attend school.
Tuesday: I lay bedridden for most of the day. Although it must have been difficult for the school to do any sort of fun activity without my presence, Charter carried on with the game plan. Tuesday was another dress down day and the raffle continued. The most fun activities, though, were yet to come.
Wednesday: The administration gave students the day off on Wednesday to show its true appreciation for the students...except for the Juniors, of course, who had to take the in-school SAT. I’m sure that my peers had an extremely enjoyable time laboring over the gruelling four hour exam. Unfortunately for me, I was unable to attend and experience this great treat from the administration, but the week proceeded.
Thursday: The school held its second annual scavenger hunt on Thursday morning, where students had to work with their homerooms in order to perform the litany of tasks given to them by the administration. As purported by students at the school, the event was “entertaining” and “exciting, as it showed terrific school spirit.” A very disappointing event to miss.
Friday: To top off the student focussed week, hot pretzel were given to all the students during activity period. Additionally, the winners of the raffles were announced. It is extremely unfortunate that I, as a student of the Charter School of Wilmington, missed the week devoted to my peers and me, but I could certainly feel the energy displayed by the students and faculty even from my bed at home. While illness is never enjoyable, it felt especially bitter this time.