Fitch students wear their Christmas spirit

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Neighbors | Submitted.Fitch principal Chris Berni said the Christmas spirit week gave the staff and students, which he believes are a family, a chance to celebrate together. Pictured is Dylan Gorgi on "Celebrate the New Year Day" on Dec. 22, the last day of the celebration.

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Neighbors | Submitted.Fitch high school has celebrated their "Five Days of Christmas" spirit week every year since 2015. Pictured, from left, Brock Kimble and David Gunger show off their best ugly sweaters on Dec. 19.

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Neighbors | Submitted.The students in all grades at Fitch got involved with the fun spirit week. On Dec. 21, groups of students dressed in matching outfits for "Christmas Family Photo Day." Pictured are, from left, Dana Lewis, Gianna Pupino and Crystal Kidd.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Austintown Fitch celebrated the Christmas season with a "Five Days of Christmas" spirit week. Each day, students and staff dressed in different outfits to match each day's theme. Pictured, from left, Jordan Evans and Lexi Cintron wore their pajamas to school for Polar Express Day on Dec. 18.

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Neighbors | Submitted.The Fitch school staff got involved in the spirit week as well. Pictured, the art department of the high school celebrated "Ugly Sweater Day" by wearing sweaters with the faces of the Fitch principals on them.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Austintown Fitch High School celebrated Christmas with their “Five Days of Christmas“ spirit week from Dec. 18-22.

Students and staff throughout the school dress up according to the day’s theme. It gives the school a chance to have fun and celebrate the holidays together.

“With all the demands on students and educators, such as state testing, it’s nice to do something out of the ordinary,“ said principal Chris Berni. He also said that he looks at the school as a family and he families celebrate the holidays together.

The school began doing the spirit week in 2015. The conversation began in a TV production class that Lexi Cintron and Jordan Evans took as freshman in 2014. The class and students pushed to have the spirit week and the celebration started the following year.

“It gives something for everyone to participate in despite activities,“ said Evans, now a senior. Cintron, who has mentored incoming freshmen, explained that it helps them feel comfortable and involved. She said that all the students get to be silly together.

The week began with Polar Express Day, where the students came to school in the pajamas. Tuesday, the students and staff wore ugly sweaters. They imitated their favorite characters for “Christmas/Holiday Character Day“ on Wednesday. The school had a “Christmas Family Photo Day” on Thursday, where groups dressed in matching outfits. They finished the week off by dressing to celebrate the New Year.

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