Aurora Central Catholic puts quarantine twist on Spirit Week

  • A "Quarantine Spirit Week" at Aurora Central Catholic High School had students showing off their beach attire on Monday. Modeling their outfits are Lauren Pesola, upper left, Danny Earl, upper right, Natalie & Mallorie Berger, bottom left, Savanah Kermend, bottom middle and Audrey Hartford.

    A "Quarantine Spirit Week" at Aurora Central Catholic High School had students showing off their beach attire on Monday. Modeling their outfits are Lauren Pesola, upper left, Danny Earl, upper right, Natalie & Mallorie Berger, bottom left, Savanah Kermend, bottom middle and Audrey Hartford. Courtesy of Mackenzie Livingston

  • Participating in Aurora Central Catholic High School's "Patriotic Day" are Audrey Hartford, upper left, Molly Griffin, Natalie and Mallorie Berger, bottom left, and the Remke family.

    Participating in Aurora Central Catholic High School's "Patriotic Day" are Audrey Hartford, upper left, Molly Griffin, Natalie and Mallorie Berger, bottom left, and the Remke family. Courtesy of Mackenzie Livingston

 
 
Updated 3/27/2020 10:40 AM

In this time of self-isolation, putting on a pair of jeans instead of sweats feels about as glamorous as a slow-mo spin on the red carpet.

But see how Aurora Central Catholic High School students are dressing up right now, and there's a moment of clarity: We all need to step up our stay-at-home fashion game for a confidence boost and stress reliever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Aurora Central Catholic is hosting a quarantine version of Spirit Week, a time-honored tradition to rally school pride during exams or homecoming.

"Quarantine Spirit Week" still has students wearing silly outfits according to daily themes.

But with schools closed statewide and students switching to remote learning during the coronavirus crisis, how are they showing off their school spirit?

Aurora Central has invited its 530 students to submit pictures of their ensembles for the school's Facebook page. It's become a way for students to still feel connected to their school when they're separated from their friends and teachers.

"Hopefully, it just brings people together and gives them more of a positive thing to look at on social media," said Mackenzie Livingston, the school's communications and recruitment director.

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Assistant Principal Kristine Kane came across the idea of a Quarantine Spirit Week online, and Livingston ran with it.

The week began with Beach Day, and student Danny Earl gets an A+ for participation. Earl saluted his fellow classmates in a Hawaiian shirt, orange shorts and a pink fanny pack to match his pink hat and pink sunglasses.

Tuesday was Patriotic Day, Wednesday was Christmas in March (Livingston donned reindeer leggings) and Thursday was Wacky Day. The week concluded Friday with Disney-inspired spirit wear.

"It's kind of a nice way for everyone to also have a reason to get up and get dressed and kind of break a routine type thing when it could be kind of boring and not as productive," Livingston said.

So ditch the sweats for a themed outfit -- even if only your dog or cat gets to see it.

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