School spirit was alive and well, and overflowing with energy at Oceanside High School last week. The celebration was Oceanside’s first Spirit Week and by all accounts, it was a rousing success.

Students also exhibited great generosity, voting to donate half the money raised in the Penny War to the school’s Special Olympics team, which is part of Oceanside’s Life Skills program. The team was presented a check for $1,500.

Kicking off with a football victory over Camden Hills and a dance attended by more than 300, Spirit Week continued with daily events that actively engaged a majority of students in grades 10, 11 and 12.

The goal of the week is to promote school spirit, class unity, and community assistance. The classes compete in a number of activities — the three largest are the Food Drive, Penny War and the Bottle Drive. Other activities include Dress Up Days, Hallway Decorations, a bonfire, and an end-of-the-week Spirit Day. During that day, students celebrate school spirit by wearing the school colors — blue and white.

Friday’s Talent Show was a great success. Students in all three grades showcased their talents in music, song and dance, including an interpretive dance performance by senior boys that brought down the house.

Results of the various student activities are as follows:

• Penny War — $3,000 (half the money was awarded to the winning class, the seniors; the other half was donated to the Special Olympics team, which is part of the Life Skills Program at Oceanside High School).

• Food Items Collected — 6,000 items (food is donated to local food pantries and cat/dog food is donated to the Knox County Humane Society).

• Bottle drive numbers: 7,600 returnables collected by seniors; 9,500 by juniors; 800 by sophomores. Bottle money raised is awarded to each class.