The importance of school pride and its influence on students.

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School Pride

What is school pride? Taking pride in one's school is important, but what exactly is it? Although it is found in some way on every campus, school pride has not yet been properly defined. Whatever it may be, students demonstrate pride in their school in various ways. Even though the origins of spirit are unknown, students continue to feel the need to show pride towards their school. Illustrations of pride can be seen in numerous places within school life such as: participation in spirit activities, wearing school colors, and representing one's school through team sports.

As though student involvement was not important enough, parental involvement continues to be a driving force in the well-being of a school. Students, as well as parents, devote their time to countless activities including: spirit week, rallies, red ribbon week, Homecoming, Snack stands, etc. Parental contributions are seen in many aspects of student life, not only in the home but throughout school.

In order for kids to be more successful, parents must be actively involved in their achievements. Although parents have always been encouraged to join in the effort to educate their children, involvement is ultimately up to the students. If a student is not driven by the desire to help their school, in most cases, neither are his/her parents.

Perhaps the easiest way to show school spirit, wearing school colors is the most common example of pride. As long as students are allowed to dress freely, they will find a creative way to mark their territory. While uniforms are mandatory, most students will go the extra mile when presented with the chance to dress up. Whether it is a goofy costume or a funky hairdo, those with spirit will find a way to incorporate their school's colors or mascot. Pride can...