The Western Wayne Educational Foundation and the Pride committee put together a fun and pride-filled celebration during the week of Homecoming, September 24-28th. Students at all the Western Wayne schools participated in a week-long showing of spirit. 

Students across the district showed pride and respect for their schools by participating in many activities such as spirit week dress -up days, a food drive, and attending the Homecoming Football game on Friday night.

Middle School Student Council President Kailey Tickner, 8th grade, felt proud to have helped with the middle school’s efforts in the food drive.

“The food drive showed team work,” Kailey explained. “It was great to all work together as a group for it.”

Also, high school athletes and band members visited the elementary school along with Westie the Wildcat to encourage young students to participate in the festivities and increase school pride. The Western Wayne Educational Foundation, teachers, and staff donated money to purchase all students in the school district rally towels to bring to sporting events. Each student, all 1,900 of our school district, now have a rally towel to display school spirit since we all “rally together”. 

“It was wonderful to see how happy all of the students were to receive the towels,” Ms. Tara Donleavy, student council advisor, said.

In addition, all the schools participated in a friendly competition to fill the food banks within our school district. Community members were also asked to bring donations to the Homecoming Game. 

Middle School Student Council Treasurer Natalia Borrelli, 6th grade, felt excited to include the community in the food drive effort.

“I like bringing in the community,” she explained. “It obviously shows we have a lot of pride.”

Middle School Student Council Secretary Lauren Dramisino, 6th grade, also thought it was awesome to include the community in the food drive. Her fellow student council officer vice president, Hunter Smith, 7th grade, as well, enjoyed all of the homecoming week activities, especially the food drive.

“The food drive shows what the whole school can do when we join together,” Hunter said.

The schools in the district brought in over 3,000 nonperishable food items to donate locally.  The following food pantries benefited from the generosity of the students and staff: Assembly of God, Hamlin, St. Thomas More, Lake Ariel, and the Methodist Church in Waymart.