Garrison School Shows Spirit at Pep Rally

Eighth-graders beat faculty and parents in annual soccer game

The Garrison School mascot, the cougar, gets school spirit going at a pep rally on Oct. 5. Photo courtesy of GUFS

Last Friday, Oct. 5, the Garrison Union Free School auditorium was loud with cheers and music and splashed with blue and white as the school held its first pep rally in several years. Students dressed in school colors cheered on athletes from Garrison’s modified boys’ and girls’ soccer teams as well as students who play for the Philipstown Hawks’ football teams and the Philipstown Soccer Club’s travel soccer teams. This event was a PTA-led initiative designed to promote school spirit.

After the pep rally, several students and parents stayed to cheer on the eighth-grade class as they took the field to play a soccer match against faculty and parents. The game is an annual event held to raise money for the class field trip to Boston in May. The eighth-graders were the big winners of the day, not only beating the faculty and parents with a score of 3-2, but also raising over $700 towards their trip.

Garrison Special Education Instructor and eighth-grade student advisor, Susan MacEnroe, was pleased with the results. “Thanks to the generosity of everyone who came out to watch the soccer game, the eighth-grade class was able to raise considerable funds for their trip to Boston,” said MacEnroe.

Each year, the fundraising for the class trip begins with the soccer game. The eighth-grade class raised funds at the soccer game with the sale of food, drinks and baked goods, all donated by eighth-grade parents, as well as a 50/50 raffle and raffle tickets for prizes donated by local businesses and Garrison School parents. Future fundraising efforts for the eighth-grade field trip include three dances, a holiday wreath sale, a basketball game against parents and faculty, and several bake sales.

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