1) The fun run is a chance for the seventh graders to kick off the school year with a positive, high-energy performance. It really sets the tone for what is to come in 7th grade band and sets the bar for how much work students can expect to put in and the great results that they can expect to gain if they are consistent about their practice.
2) It is a great way for students in band to connect to their peers through their instruments. Who doesn't love a little bit of positive reinforcement from the people we spend most of our day with?
3) It brings the entire school together. Specifically, it shows that there is a place for everyone at Prairie View! With such a diverse range of students walking our halls each day, we feel that it is important for every student to feel welcome and a part of the school community.
The fun run is also indicative of something much larger. Something that we are especially proud of here in Sun Prairie. For us, the 7th Grade Band's performance at the Fun Run is also a prime example of how the arts and athletics can not only exist harmoniously side-by side, but proves that the two disciplines can actually find common ground. Band and athletics are actually a lot more similar than one might initially think-specifically with regard to team sports. When students are a part of a team, they must learn to overcome their differences and work together to achieve a common goal. They must overcome their sense of what is good for myself in favor of what is good for the group. Being a part of a musical ensemble asks many of the same things! I frequently ask my students to imagine themselves on a football field-you can have the best quarterback in the NFL but he will not get to the Super Bowl if the rest of his team is not pulling their weight. (not to mention any specific teams...cough...cough) Similarly, a band will only sound as good as each individual member allows. This common ground between performing music and athletics is something that, in my opinion, is not is often overlooked.
I have worked with so many students here in Sun Prairie who participate in both band and athletics activities on a regular basis. We are so fortunate to live in a community that truly understands the value of the arts, athletics, and academics in the lives of our students.