Midway spirit group taking on new leadership role

POSTED: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 4:37pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 4:38pm

WACO -- If you've ever been to a Midway football game, you can't miss the Blue Crew and Panther Patrol.

But what started as a spirit group, will now be taking on much more.

"The different issues the [Kindergarten]  through 8th grade students face everyday, our group would be able to put together a high energy presentation that address those issues," Clint Glaesmann, co-sponsor for the group said.

Issues like bullying and peer pressure, that the districts Safety and Wellness program address.

So the Blue Crew and Panther Patrol are now the students representatives for the site and are raising money to receive leadership training on different topics.

"We have some insight on what they're going through and so it's really great to be able to go and talk to them about it," Senior Panther Patrol captain, Cori Cook said.

But it's their popularity and visibility that makes the group believe they can help.

"Being able to see us as role models down on the field, being spirited and crazy, they will really be able to accept all of the lessons that we're teaching them," Senior Blue Crew captain, Caleb Riehl said.  

"I know when I was younger i absolutely looked up to high school students and older students because it just seems a little cooler than parents and teachers and everything because you want to be them when you're older," Cook said.

"So when students see that these kids have fun and that they don't fall victim to those issues that they're dealing with they can rise above that and they can have fun, I think that just resonates more," Glaesmann said.

Now Midway is receiving interest from other districts on how to incorporate their students into their own wellness campaigns. For more information on the Safety and Wellness program, visit: http://www.midwayisd.org/safety

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