Welsh Valley Middle School recently hosted their annual Community Day celebration – an all-day affair organized by the Character & Citizenship Committee that engages students and staff in team building and service-oriented activities, reinforces school spirit and exemplifies commitment to service through involvement with several charitable organizations.
This year's event – themed "Welsh Valley Lends a Helping Hand" – was organized around a trio of charities that have a historical connection and a direct impact on the Welsh Valley community: Alex's Lemonade Stand, the American Cancer Society and Best Buddies. Throughout the day, students had the opportunity to learn more about each organization and engage in activities to foster a passion for community service.
Community Day also featured some other fun end-of-year activities for students, including a "Quad Fair" with music, carnival games, and a Knock Out basketball tournament; yearbook signing; classroom activities; movies in the auditorium; a yearbook video slideshow; and dunk tank booth.
One of the highlights of the day featured a fundraising initiative where if enough money was donated, a collection of students and staff would have their hair cut off in front of the entire school. The Dragons reached their goal and had the opportunity to cut their teachers and classmates hair, including Welsh Valley music teacher Gregg Eskin, who graciously agreed to cut off his famous ponytail in service of others. To view a slideshow of pictures from throughout Community Day, click on the image below.