BLAST Week promotes school community and spirit

Allie Langness, Online Editor

The week of Valentine’s Day is always filled with fun, candy, enthusiasm, silly dress up days, and a pep fest to end the week. This year was no different. Student Council once again hosted a fun filled, entertaining week.

Monday was “Patriotic Day” and cookies were sold. Tuesday students were asked to wear something to represent their clubs or sports and hot chocolate was sold. Wednesday was “Cozy Day” and Student Council members delivered donuts and orange juice to first hour for every student and faculty member. “Throwback Thursday” came the next day. Students were asked to dress as if they were in their favorite decade. Smoothie Sisters was sold during all lunches. Friday marked the day of the pep fest so students wore the school colors.

Junior Avery Housley said, “At one of our meetings, we thought about past ideas and talked about what ideas we have heard students talk about. We also talked about ideas that we weren’t going to use because we had used them too many times in the past.”

Time, consideration and planning goes into planning all of the events for the week and pep fest. Student Council has done a great job of having new and interesting things planned each year.

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Sophomore Grace Sobiech said, “We have meetings every week and we come in early to school and talk about what events will be happening between then and the next meeting and what we will be selling each day during the week.”

Although dressing up is very entertaining, almost everyone would say the most entertaining part of the week is serenades. They are available for purchasing the week before Blast Week. People buy them for friends, significant others, or teachers.

Junior Kirsten Ahlgren said, “Serenades spread affection throughout our school, and the presence of musical talent we are able to produce around Stillwater. I think it’s a great way for kids and their talent to be recognized.”

Wednesday was “Cozy Day” and Student Council members delivered donuts and orange juice to first hour for every student and faculty member. The donuts and orange juice were graciously donated by Cub Foods. They have donated juice and donuts for the past few years during Blast Week.

“The people that donate during Blast Week and Homecoming Week or even throughout the year are very generous. There will always be people and businesses that turn the school down when they ask for donations but the people that don’t are very generous,” said Housley.

Although the donations from Cub Foods were great, this meant Student Council members had to be to school by 5:30 a.m. that morning in order to get them all delivered and separated on time.

Housley said, “It is very tiring. You are not like super tired because you are doing activities as a group and you aren’t just sitting around at any point during the day. We sell popcorn and work on the pep fest so there is almost always something going on.”

This year during Blast Week, Student Council was raising money for “Pennies for Patients”. The money that was collected benefits The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. They raised over $2,000 and it marked the highest amount they have ever raised. Because they reached their goal of raising at least $2,000, Principal Rob Bach fulfilled his promised surprise at the pep fest. Student Council members and leaders were the only people that were let in on what the surprise would be. He put on a wig and sang the song that is very popular among younger girls: “Let It Go.”

Ahlgren said, “I think it was almost like a bribe, it was a privilege and a great idea. However, I feel as if, it was a bribe for raising money. There could have been more effective and creative ways to raise the same amount in a more courteous way.”

Students enjoy the festivities of the week every year because it means they are a little bit closer to spring break and then summer. Student Council does a great job and students are beginning to appreciate their work more each year.

“I think it takes a lot of people’s time, and effort. I’d like to believe its an awful lot for high school kids to juggle along with a job, family friends, and extracurricular activities. I don’t think many of us students at Stillwater Area High School are grateful enough for the coordination and activities that are put together for us,” said Ahlgren.