What does that really mean?
We officially kicked off our annual Spirit Week on Monday, September 24. From the youngest Genesis students all the way up to the administration, our Clippers participated in Monday’s theme of “Twin Day” and Tuesday’s theme of “Patriot Day.” Yesterday, all of us participated in "Hawaiian Day," wearing some of the best Hawaiian shirts I have ever seen! Today's "Jersey Day" brought out some classic rivalries – right before we all come back together again wearing our best Clipper gear for "Blue & Gold Day" tomorrow!
But, Spirit Week isn’t just about having dress down days, it’s a week that’s meant for all of us to celebrate the biggest thing we have in common: the Xaverian community. When I was applying to Xaverian, I heard everyone talk about family and how strong the bond was between everyone and that is what made me decide to spend my four years here. As a senior, the notion that Xaverian is a giant family becomes clearer to me as I treasure my last few months here. This week brings us closer and gives the underclassmen, specifically the freshmen, a chance to see that they really do belong here.
Throughout the day I had the opportunity to catch up with my fellow peers to ask them about Spirit Week. Our student body president, John Longardo '19, said that Spirit Week “is when the Xaverian community comes together to grow and become stronger every year.” Nicholas Minniti '23 had this to say regarding Spirit Week: “It means gathering with your friends and showing love to the school and community.” Julianna D'Onofrio '21 echoed that sentiment: "To me, Spirit Week is a time when the school can come together as one and not only have fun but support each other and make our bond as a community stronger."
I also had the chance to talk to our President, Mr. Alesi '78, who said, “Spirit Week is a time for each and every one of us – students, teachers, administrators, staff, and parents – to celebrate our connectedness as a Xaverian family, to give thanks for the gift of one another, and to have an opportunity to put into action what means to be a Clipper. We are all so truly blessed to be a part of the Xaverian family, and through everyone’s efforts during Spirit Week, we are able to reach out to those in need, and at the same time have fun just being with one another! I am so deeply appreciative to all those who contributed a gift this week in support of the school and their fellow Clippers. I hope the fun, excitement and mutual respect generated by all of the Spirit Week activities, and the Xaverian understanding of charity and service to others, is the spirit that continues on throughout the entire school year!”
No matter who you hear it from, we all have the same idea: Xaverian is one big family and one of the strongest communities around! Our community isn’t made up by only the students and faculty, but it’s also the families and alumni that make it complete! I hope to see each and every one of you at our Homecoming football game on Friday at Aviator! The game starts at 7 PM!
Liam Sawyer '19
In the meantime, click here for some of our best-dressed Clippers this week!
To make your contribution, please visit www.xaverian.org/donate and include your child’s name and homeroom number in the comment section. You are also welcome to send a check made payable to Xaverian with your child’s name and homeroom number on the memo line to their homeroom teacher. We ask that all gifts to Spirit Day be made by Friday, September 28th.