The Woodgrove High School Class Councils and Student Council sponsored various events during the week of November 14 to celebrate American Education Week.
During the week prior, the student body was invited to nominate teachers in the building to be recognized as Educator Idols. Over 1,000 students wrote positive and encouraging statements. These notes of praise and thanks were delivered to the staff members on Thursday, November 17 — Ms. Bingaman and Mr. Welsh were selected as the most popular instructors.
Adults were asked to nominate up to three students to be recognized at the first-ever Hard Work (Honor and Strive) Cafe. The efforts of over 85 students were recognized. The honored Wolverines were given the opportunity to come to the Aux Gym during DENtime on Monday, November 14 and hang out with their classmates for the block, enjoy some great 80s tunes, and get nourishment from the drinks and snacks that were provided. Each student was presented with a certificate showcasing his or her diligent efforts.
Both the students and the adults nominated songs to be played over the public-address system between classes and during lunch shifts all week long. The students heard classic rock hits from Lynyrd Skynyrd, more recent tunes from One Direction, and even some movie soundtrack clips from Star Wars. In all, Woodgrove enjoyed over three hours (62 songs!) during the week. The clear overall most-requested song of the week was “Closer” by The Chainsmokers, and the top genre was “early-90s chart toppers”.
As American Education Week continued, the school enjoyed Thanksgiving Dinner for Lunch on Wednesday, November 16 with 55 adults. Faculty and staff members were invited to assist in the kitchen as Celebrity Servers throughout the week during the lunch shifts. From math and PE teachers to Special Education experts, many joined in the fun. Along the way, many things were learned, too, about the preparation of the food that’s served each day in the cafeteria. The surprise on many students’ faces was visible each day as new adults were assisting in dishing out entrees and sides.
The entire week of celebrations and recognitions was a huge success due to the planning and execution of the Community Service Committee of the Student Council, led by Director Derek Shockey, with the support of the administrative team. The week came to a close as each of the nearly 200 adults in the building were given a huge, blue foam hand and encouraged to give out as many high fives as they could before school and during class changes on Friday.