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October 11, 2013

Emerson celebrates Spirit Week and Bully Prevention

DUNCAN — Emerson Elementary students have had a fun-filled week of class by dressing up each day and getting a visit from an entertaining performer.

Thought up by the school’s teachers, Emerson deemed Oct. 7-11 as Spirit Week. Nationally, it is Bully Prevention Week and every day has had an anti-bullying awareness theme.

“(The students) get it because it’s something they can connect to,” said Mona Evans, Emerson principal. “We have discussions about (bullying).”

Monday was Thunder Day with a theme of Thunder Up! for Bully Prevention and everyone wore their Oklahoma Thunder shirts. Put a Stop to Bullies was the theme Tuesday, when all students and faculty wore red.

Cowboy Day was Wednesday with Boot Out Negativity as the theme. Thursday was Crazy Sock Day, when the school decided to Sock it to Gossip. Finally, today is Superhero Day and the theme is Be a Superhero; Make a Friend.

“The involvement has been phenomenal,” Evans said. “I give all the credit to my teachers. They’ve reached out and worked as a group.”

To start off each day, a small assembly takes place. Posters made by teachers were debuted representing which day of Spirit Week it was and some sort of presentation to go along with the day was done.

Thursday, grades 3-5 got an additional bit of fun in their day when Michael Cooper stopped by. Cooper was the second act for the CTAC Live concert series Thursday night but gave Emerson a sneak peek earlier in the day.

“He was great for elementary students,” said Evans.

Cooper, who is described as a virtuoso mime and visual artist, gave a small performance to introduce his art to the students. He then walked them through making coyote masks. Finally, Cooper taught the children a couple of mime tricks.

“They were great,” Cooper said of the Emerson students. “They were really attentive.”

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