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With the Iron Bowl fast approaching, Tide and Tiger fans are already taking sides.And you know what that means -the trash talk has already begun.
But atValley Intermediate School in Pelham, kids are learning that competition doesn't have to come at the cost of friendships.
Valley Intermediate students are in the midst of Spirit Week, an annual event that allows teachers and students to root for their favorite teams and learn the joys of camaraderie along the way.
"It's a great opportunity to teach children that competition can take place in fun, healthy ways," principalDana Payne Martin said.
Beards filled the school's hallways Wednesday for the day's theme, "Our team is a dynasty." It encouraged students to dress up as their favorite characters from A E's Duck Dynasty reality TV series.
The fun will continue with "Tacky Day," where kids are urged to wear their worst. The theme reminds students to "be a good sport and not be tacky," Martin said.
Upcoming events include "I'm dreaming of a victory," with students decked out in their favorite pajamas; "Our team has character," encouraging kids to dress as their favorite literary characters; and "Show your team spirit," with students proudly representing their favorite teams.
It all culminates with The Teacher Games: Educators representing Alabama and Auburn go head-to-head in relay races with students serving as referees.
The event also goes toward a good cause - Auburn fans are raising money for the Ronald McDonald House; Alabama fans for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
It's a perfect opportunity for teachers to personally lead the charge for fair play and sportsmanship, Martin said.
Participating inValley Intermediate School's Spirit Week? Email pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Please use Spirit Week in the subject line.
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