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STH Pivots: No Charge to Attend Pep Rally
web posted September 28, 2012
JOHNSTON – As news spread that Strom
Thurmond High School was going to charge students up to $3 to attend a
pep rally, parents, students, and the public began flooding opinions to
our comment section, the Wandering Minds, and Edgefield Daily sent the
concerns to School Superintendent Greg Anderson. According to an email
on Thursday from Anderson, the plan has been revoked and Strom Thurmond
Principal Jill Jett issued a press release Thursday afternoon to that
Below is the press release in its entirety:
I want to address the concerns about charging students to attend pep
rallies. First and foremost we are proud of our football team and want
to make sure we show them our total support at all times.
Next week is Spirit Week for us and we were trying to balance all
factors that need to be considered. The pep rally is a big part of
Spirit Week. We were trying to determine the best place to have this
pep rally while considering the pros and cons of having this in the gym
or the stadium. The gym would prevent us from allowing all students to
attend due to the size but we could provide better security and it
would not take as long to prepare. The stadium would allow all
students to attend but requires much more preparation time and
personnel that are needed in the classrooms.
We looked at other districts that used this week as a fund raiser such
as what we found in the Greenville County Schools, as an example.
However, we do not want to exclude any student from participating and
after looking at the bigger picture we have decided not to charge any
student. We appreciate the input we received from the public and felt
it necessary to provide you with a full explanation in a straight
Thank you very much.
Jill W. Jett, Principal – Strom Thurmond High School
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