Students Get More Than They Expected From Marionettes At Pep Rally
FaithTap Staff 3/7/2019
During a pep rally The Lady Marionettes proceeded to entertain their fellow students at Lake Mary High School in Lake Mary, FL. Students cheered and danced with the Lady Marionettes as a great display of school spirit. Little did the school know that they were in for a surprise near the end.
Dr. Donna "Mickey" Reynolds is the principal of Lake Mary High School in Lake Mary, Florida and she takes every opportunity she can get to connect with the students on a personal level. She is always of thinking of ways to be able to relate to them so she can build a better relationship with her students. According to a TODAY.com article, Dr. Reynolds, former Lake Marionettes captain when she was still a Lake Mary High student, said, "The only way to make sure that we have a healthy, safe school environment where kids can learn and thrive and feel a part of it is if we connect with every student. We have to make a concerted effort to make those connections; we've seen what happens when we don't."
It helps that she has the support of the Lake Mary High School administration and faculty, too. They've successfully set up a program for ninth graders called Freshman Success. At the Freshman Success class, teachers sign up to be personal advocates of struggling ninth graders and offer them extra support, both academically and emotionally.
And, during the pep rally, when all the students thought they were merely there to watch the game and cheer their school team, when they thought they were simply going to dance and cheer with the Lady Marionettes, the administration and faculty of Lake Mary High School surprised them. At the halfway mark of the pep rally, Dr. Reynolds and the staff and faculty joined the Marionettes and performed with them.
The pep rally was another way for Dr. Reynolds and the school to show the students that they are here for them. Performing at the pep rally was their way of saying, "We're real people, too, beyond the school, and we are here for you always." Stephanie Kersten, coach of the Lady Marionettes, led the initiative behind the performance. She asked the Marionettes on a Monday to ask staff and faculty to be their partners for that Friday's performance. Once they agreed, she gave the staff and faculty an instructional video of the sequence they needed to learn and only practiced with them twice before the pep rally.
Coach Kersten said the girls loved the idea. And she said that "the teachers and staff members doing that really helped drop that line between them and their students. Those adults really, really want to connect with those kids in any way possible, even if it means going out there and making themselves vulnerable, dancing even if they can't."
This wasn't the first time Principal Reynolds performed with the Lady Marionettes. Last November 2017, she also performed with them during another pep rally. Everybody loved it, from the students to the staff to the faculty, and even the online world when the video became viral.
Are you ready to jump and cheer with the Lady Marionettes?