Spirit Team builds leadership skills

Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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CHRISTMAS JINGLE – The Spirit Team of Bridgeport Intermediate danced and sang Christmas songs to the residents at Stagecoach Rehabilitation and Senior Care Friday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Three times a year, the Spirit Team of Bridgeport Intermediate School walks across the street to the Stagecoach Rehabilitation Center and Senior Care to put on a holiday performance for the residents.

For Christmas, the kids danced and sang to “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” while the seniors looked on in delight. After they finished performing, the kids lined up to thank the seniors for listening, one by one.

“The seniors’ faces light up,” said counselor Cynthia Alvarez, who sponsors the Spirit Team, BIS’s campus leadership team. “They’re so happy to see them. They don’t want to shake their hands; they want to hug them.”

Spirit Team also performs for the seniors on Valentine’s Day and Cinco de Mayo.

“I tell the kiddos they get more out of it because they’re doing a really good thing,” Alvarez said.

Handing Out Hugs

HANDING OUT HUGS – The kids of the Spirit Team received hugs from many of the seniors they preformed for. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Performing at Stagecoach is not the only good thing the Spirit Team does – the kids, who are chosen based on behavior, leadership skills and academics, also put up the flags at BIS every day, give tours to new students, create videos on school rules and organize the penny drive, which this year raised more than $500 for the school. The Spirit Team also writes a weekly newsletter for the school. Their Dec. 8 edition mentioned the upcoming Christmas break three times, complete with excited exclamation points.

“These guys are awesome,” Alvarez said. “They’re great kids.”

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