Photo By Caroline Curran
There is a very interesting historical background behind Veterans’ Day. Veterans’ Day began on November 11, 1919 as Armistice Day. Armistice Day was to celebrate the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution seven years later in 1926 for the holiday to be an annual observance. By 1938, it had become a national holiday, and in 1954 legislation was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower that changed the name to Veterans’ Day in order to honor all American veterans.
Veterans have changed our lives for the better. Their bravery and courage should be acknowledged and revered.
Led by coach Mike Sarney, the future is bright for the Sturgis East girls volleyball team. Next season, they will begin to play home matches at the Total Athletics Cape Cod facility. Countless Sturgis East students will definitely support the team at their new home court next year considering how energetic they were as spectators this season.
The Sturgis StormWatch would like to congratulate the Sturgis East girls volleyball team on their marvelous season, and we wish them the best of luck next year!
Trick or Treaters Help Eliminate MNT
This year on Halloween, if you went to Hyannis’ Trick or Treat on Main Street, trick or treaters wouldn’t be the only thing that you’d see. Sturgis’s Key Club set up a station in front of the school similarly to the other shops and restaurants on Main Street. What were they doing you may ask? They were passing out candy and collecting money for Trick or Treat for UNICEF. Trick or Treat for UNICEF is a wonderful event that UNICEF does every year. UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) is an organization that for over 70 years has worked to protect the rights of children and their families in over 190 countries.
The donations that were collected in this fundraiser for Trick or Treat for UNICEF go towards helping to get rid of maternal and neonatal tetanus, also referred to as MNT. This illness is one that common worldwide. Both the mother and the baby can be infected by this brutal disease and if left untreated, can painfully kill a baby at birth. However, this situation is easily avoidable.
The aim for the Eliminate Project is to protect mother's and her babies all over the globe from the tetanus virus. A simple vaccine known as Tetanus Toxoid can prevent the gruesome result of the illness. The Eliminate Project not only has been aiding mothers and children all around the world, but it has also helps to deliver other life-saving services, like clean water, nutrition, and other vaccines. Together, Key Clubs all across the Country; with the help of Kiwanis International; have helped eliminate MNT in more than 30+ countries the most recent one being Haiti.
Sturgis’s Key Club has not only raised money through Trick or Treat on Main Street, but through fundraisers during school. An orange Trick or Treat for UNICEF box was placed in many of Sturgis’s advisories, as Key club members encouraged students to donate to this wonderful cause. Each of the school’s advisories pitched in and donated. From simple pennies to entire dollars, each box had something. Key club also held bake sales during lunch where all the proceeds went to trick or treat for UNICEF. Many volunteers from key club went out of their way to bake or buy items to sell in the sales. Their efforts certainly weren’t for nothing, as several students were happy to have a sweet treat with their lunch and donate to a good cause.
Through the entire month of October Key Club fundraised for this organization. Being a member of Key club, I must say that fundraising for this organization was a great experience. It’s always remarkable when Key club is able to make a difference in the lives of others. I am excited for next year’s Trick or Treat for UNICEF. Thank you to everyone in Key Club and everyone in general who assisted in these fundraisers and thank you to everyone who donated either their time or money!
Spirit Week 2017 Senior Perspective
While reflecting on the four years I took part in Spirit Week, I realize how lucky I am to have attended a high school with such a tight-knit community and amazing traditions. Going forward, I am confident that Spirit Week will be something that we all will always remember. Go Storm!