GHHS promotes unity

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:44 AM

The school’s student senators said they hope the program creates an atmosphere where even the little things are celebrated — like when a team wins a major game.

The group has included Grand Haven businesses by asking them to place a “Team Grand Haven: One Team, One Family, One Grand Haven” poster in their storefront windows. They plan to have shirts, wristbands, hats, car stickers and water bottles — all emblazoned with the program's theme — available for purchase.

“If we can make that (excitement) more year-round, that would be such a cool feeling to have at school,” said Erin Staal, a Grand Haven High School junior.

The idea was first rolled out during a back-to-school kickoff assembly, but the students were waiting until this week's Homecoming Week to place an emphasis on it.

They are reaching out to younger students through a homecoming parade banner. The group said they want to engage the young Bucs and help them come together by sharing their school pride.

Last year, the district made an effort to decrease bullying through the "Bucs Above Bullying" program.

This year's push takes the effort from not being a bully to doing something, such as taking pride in the school and community, Staal said.

Senior Abby Lalonde said the initiative is a way to recognize students through a positive program.

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