LHS Battle of the Classes Raises over $2,000 in Supplies to Support Hurricane Victims in Puerto Rico
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Thursday, October 26, 2017
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The Battle of the Classes- Fall Fest Spirit Week recently took place at Ludlow High School.  Jennifer Ollquist, LHS English Teacher and Lions Pride Club co-adviser explained, “Each year all four classes participate in a variety of pre-planned activities to compete for points and claim the ultimate first place prize. The competition is sponsored by the Lions Pride Club to create the opportunity for positive collaboration and encourage school spirit.  Each of the four classes competes for points and a winner is announced at the end of each spirit week. This year the sophomore class came out victorious!”

This year students and staff competed with fun and creative daily spirit challenges including Merica Monday (dress up in red, white and blue), Fall Flannel (wear flannel or plaid to celebrate the arrival of fall), wear Pink Day (honor of Breast Cancer month), Class Color War and Maroon Madness (wear school colors- maroon and white).

For many, the highlight of the week was the always entertaining and unpredictable Powder Puff Game, played on the LHS football field. In keeping with tradition the girls play the game, with the boys taking on the roles of the coaches and cheerleaders from the sidelines.  When the whistle blew and the games began it was the freshmen against the sophomores  while the juniors battled the seniors, and in the end, the sophomores and seniors claimed victories!

Between the games each of the teams regrouped and  participated in a friendly, yet intense, four way class tug of war.  The audience watched as the ring swayed back and forth between all the classes for three minutes before landing on the side of the sophomore class, who proudly celebrated their victory

Rebecca Gauvin, LHS Physical Education Teacher and Lions Pride Club co-adviser, explained that in addition to the week long activities there was also a donation challenge. “This year, during the week, each class collected items to support the children of Puerto Rico who have been directly affected by Hurricane Maria. We collected new, unused diapers, baby formula, baby wipes, coloring books, crayons, sunscreen, bandages, batteries, toothbrushes, washcloths and personal care items.”

Ollquist and Gauvin were proud to share that a total of $2.056.08 (items were scanned for a price) were generously raised and that all of the items will be donated to the charitable organization, Delivering Good. They also revealed that the sophomore class donated the most items and were also the winners of the Fall Fest Spirit Week.

As they were finishing boxing up the donated items for pick up, LHS Junior Class President, Ethan Provost, said he was proud of the generosity of his classmates.  “After everything that is done for us- we know we have so much to be thankful for - we just wanted to give other people the same feeling and give them

Matthew Goncalves, LHS Senior Class President commented that it was a amazing feeling knowing how supportive his classmates were for this cause.  "A lot of classmates have families in Puerto Rico so we took this opportunity to help as much as we could.  The amount of items donated is amazing and it will have a positive impact for those who need it most.”

Provost added, “We’re all impressed with our classes- that we donated this much.  We got our heads together to make a positive difference for another community in need.”



 *Photo credits- Jennifer Ollquist

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