Two words describe the atmosphere in the Rockwood Valley Middle gymnasium the afternoon of the Tuesday before Thanksgiving – loud and colorful.
Students in the bleachers were sitting with other members of their teams. Principal Dr. Karen Hedrick said students and staff raised nearly $7,500 this year through their coin drive.
"It all goes to support our adopt-a-family program when issues come up in the community," said Hedrick.
The all-school assembly is part of the annual Rockwood Valley Middle Turkey Smash.
"That's a tradition that started the first year the school opened," said Hedrick. "It includes spirit games, volleyball between eighth grade and staff and other competitions to earn points."
RVMS Social Worker Zana Ganic explained how the adopt-a-family program works.
"We connect out in the school community with families in need," said Ganic. "We identify those families whether they reach out to us or we make them aware of the program."
Students try to win Turkey Smash through competitions, including a banner contest.
"The banners are all student created," said Hedrick. "Students did all the decorating. Teams are divided up according to grade level, and students choose their team's name. It's a school celebration of our community."