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Spirit Week Lifts Bergenfield High School's Pride

Lauren LaPorta organizes Spirit Week at Bergenfield High School. Photo Credit: Melissa Heule
Lauren LaPorta assists Bergenfield High School students with a Spirit Week of events. Photo Credit: Melissa Heule

BERGENFIELD, N.J. — Bergenfield High School is celebrating Spirit Week through Nov. 13 with a number of activities.

“I was voted most school-spirited when I was here,” said Lauren LaPorta, a guidance counselor and Bergenfield alumna from the class of 2006. “I want to rally up the school and get the camaraderie going like it was when I was here. I’m a Bergenfield girl for life."

Each day the 1,000-member student body is asked to dress in the schools red and black colors or for a particular theme.

Students are also decorating hallways, selling 50-cent temporary tattoos, and participating in several challenges.

One lucky student will even swap roles with Principal James Fasano.

The 50 members of the Spirit Squad plan to prepare 100 stockings for the homeless in Hackensack.

Faculty members are also hosting a Keep or Shave November Challenge, in which students pay 50 cents for or against the use of a razor. At the end of the month, the money will be donated to a class fund of the teacher’s choice.

LaPorta, the guidance counselor, frequently checks in on students, making sure they get some time off from the stress of the college and university decision days.

“The kids here -- there’s a lot of pressure these days to take Honors and AP courses," she said. "So I wanted to bring fun back.

"I think it is fantastic to go to four-year colleges, but I still feel like they need to be teenagers, have friends, have a social life -- but still focus on the academics.”


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