Project Welcome rolls out red carpet for sophomores and parents


The Mirror reporter

Project Welcome and Back-to-School Night took place Aug. 29th at Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH). In the past, the turnout for these events was small but a substantial increase occurred this year after changing the format and combining the events.

Principal Jon Vollendorf was pleased and said over 500 students and parents attended.

The sophomore class is the largest at SPASH and this night was primarily for new students to get an idea of what to expect.

There were 22 clubs and co-curricular on display in the south commons ranging from Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) to information for SPASH’s fall play, “You Can’t Take It with You.”

“I think this is really good because I get to see what SPASH has to offer and who I can go to if I have questions about any of the clubs,” incoming sophomore Casey Summers said.

Sophomores learned about student expectations and were introduced to counselors and assistant principals.

After a video tour, they walked through an abbreviated run of their schedules and met their teachers.

“This night is great for students to see what academics and extracurricular activities are available. They also have a chance to make connections to the community,” Spanish teacher Cari Frederiksen said.

“This event is very positive, you get to meet teachers and get information for the upcoming school year. It’s important for parents to be involved with their child’s education,” parent Jackie Sroda said.

At the end of the night the students were all given free pizza and SPASH t-shirts provided by the Student Senate.