By Ashlee Oakley, Photo by Brenda Steiner

In the week leading up to SGI’s Varsity Griffin’s homecoming football game against Jamestown, on Friday, Sept. 30, the entire district gets into purple and gold spirit! Fun days are planned, the school is decorated in school colors, and there is a celebratory atmosphere in the air.

At Springville Elementary and Middle schools, the children have the option of dressing in camouflage, wearing crazy socks, adorning themselves head-to-toe in neon, wearing their favorite team jerseys, and dressing in class colors to promote unity through the future graduating classes. Last but certainly not least, Friday all students are encouraged to go all-out with the purple and gold, and show school spirit, as well as show support and solidarity for ALL of the Springville Griffins sports teams, past, present, and future. There is also a PTA fundraiser at SES, selling the newest school t-shirts, of which there are two to choose from (for more information, go to SES PTA’s Facebook page, or ask at the main office for a flyer).

Springville Griffith-Institute high school does a bit more, as their school’s football team— kids they go to class with, are friends with, and whose families they know— are literally coming home to their football field under the Friday night lights at Pop Warner Field. They decorate the halls amazingly, as well as themselves, all week long. Monday was camouflage/country day, and Tuesday is decades day (much to the amusement, and some dismay of the parents whose clothes are being borrowed for decades day). Wednesday is favorite jersey day, and Thursday is class-color day, unifying each grade with freshmen in grey, sophomores sporting green, juniors wearing blue, and the seniors going all out in pink. All of the grades compete against each other to see who can have the most color! And of course, on Friday, gold and purple reign supreme, as the students of SGI get pumped up for a pep rally at the end of their school day.

After school, the homecoming parade starts at 5:30 p.m., with many Griffin sports teams, band members, community organizations, and the homecoming cars being featured. The Varsity homecoming game starts promptly after the Pop Warner induction ceremony at 7 p.m., with Sp!ringville going up against the 0-5 Jamestown Red Raiders. Go Griffs, “Let Purple Reign”

On Saturday, Springville Elementary School is holding a Color Run fundraiser, with on-site registration starting at 9 a.m. That evening, the SGI high schoolers may dress in their fanciest dress, and head to the homecoming dance, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 presale, and $10 at the door. All students that attend the school and do not have any outstanding disciplinary issues are welcomed to join their peers and support the school at this special event and school fundraiser. After the homecoming dance, Springville’s Spirit Week will have ended, but the support and enthusiasm the community gives will be with the Griffins year-round!