FORT MILL — This week is Spirit Week at Fort Mill High School.
The celebration kicked off Monday and ends Friday with a pep rally and Fort Mill’s Homecoming game against Rock Hill High School.
“We have ‘Spirit Week’ mainly to get people to feel like we are a Fort Mill family and keep the camaraderie that our school has had,” said senior class president Chelsea Helms.
Students are encouraged to participate by dressing up each day to a theme.
“Preparing is a lot of work,” she said, “Student Council starts over the summer by choosing the theme for each day.”
The themes include Pajama Day, College Game Day, and Blue and Gold Day.
The week’s traditions trace back decades. Anne Ledford, who has been teaching at Fort Mill for more than 30 years, said Spirit Week is important because it shines light on all school sports.
“It’s for football and for Homecoming, but it’s for the other teams, too, like golf and swimming, that don’t get as much attention,” she said.
The week’s celebration builds up to the big pep rally before the Homecoming game.
“My favorite part every year is the pep rally,” Helms said. “It really shows that Fort Mill is the most spirited school around.”
“Every year it gets better and better, with students more creative,” Ledford said.