Spring Lake High School’s student life, as a whole, has been greatly impacted by the mandates due to COVID-19. One of the most saddening aspects of this is fall student life, specifically. Football games, volleyball games, and most importantly, homecoming week, has been transformed. In order to attempt to make our homecoming week as fun and “normal” as possible, Spring Lake decided to do a “Wesco Hoco”.
The high school still held a spirit week, with Monday, September 28th through Friday, October 2nd being: Pajama Day, USA Day, Color Wars (9th Pink, 10th Blue, 11th White, and 12th Black), Twin Day, and of course, Red and Gray Day. Students of all grades dressed up for each day, and the turnout ended up great. Students also kept the pranking traditions alive with the junior/senior “TP” war outside of school, and several students actually hosted Homecoming parties themselves.
The Wesco part of “Wesco Hoco” was quite a unique aspect and idea to help students get in the “Homecoming Spirit”. What the school decided to do was partner with Wesco, and, in doing this, they stated that if you went to Wesco during Homecoming week in your spirit gear, you could enter to win a variety of prizes from Wesco and other local businesses.
Wesco also welcomed all students to take part by taking pictures in front of their photo booth area, and posting it on social media with the hashtag, #SLWescoHoco, and showing up in their spirit gear. The high school’s seniors would also receive a free ‘Spring Lake’ cookie when they showed an associate their student ID.
While we can all recognize the adjustments we’ve had to make due to the spread of COVID-19, allow me to speak for the student body when I say Spring Lake’s effort to make this school year “normal” is greatly appreciated, and the “Wesco Hoco” was a perfect way to do so.