Panther Pride

By Cady Hickman, corps member serving at Parker-Varney Elementary School

Hello, my name is Cady, and I serve in a 5th grade classroom at Parker-Varney, home of the Panthers. I’d like to tell you a little bit about what it means to have “Panther Pride.” What is Panther Pride?

1. Panther Pride is something that corps members at Parker-Varney
bring to school every day. It’s not in their backpacks, their pockets, or their desks. It’s sometimes a mind ready to serve or a positive can do attitude. Other days, it may be the actual panther costume that resides backstage from the school gym-a-cafe-torium; AKA our office.

2. Panther Pride is being safe, considerate, respectful, and responsible. Not just when peopleare watching, but every day.

3. Panther Pride is taking the school-wide door decorating contests as seriously as the Superbowl. It is about giant turkeys, three dimensional art, and lots of construction paper.

4. Panther Pride is singing and dancing and high fiving every morning no matter what
temperature it is outside. Every. Morning.

5. Panther Pride is also listening, and dancing, to Cupid Shuffle every day at recess; and enjoying it thoroughly.

6. Panther Pride is about kindergarteners using their fingers as they try to read your nametag. But, it is also about that feeling you get when they remember your name the next time they see you.

7. Panther Pride is new PT(Physical Training) moves, edited and recreated by your students. Sometimes they are dance routines.

8. Panther Pride is also about loving your panther pride so very much that you insist on including it everywhere you can.

9. Panther Pride is the immense joy you get when you hear how many canned goods your school collected. Or that feeling when you hear students talking so enthusiastically about school. And once in a while, it’s that somewhat awkward and maybe a little proud feeling from having students stop in the hallway to tell you about a book they’re reading. “That’s great; but you can tell me later, and by later I mean not in the hallway while you’re supposed to be getting water!”

10. Most of all, Panther Pride is all of those little bits of joy from being at a school with such dedicated staff and parents. It’s the little moments, the good times, the feelings of overwhelming amazement at how fantastic our students are, the laughs, and most of all the team spirit. That is the reason that I am so proud to be serving at Parker-Varney
Elementary School.

As we say during PT, “Pride, yeah, pride!”


About CityYear NH

City Year is a nonprofit that unites young people of all backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time service. As tutors, mentors, and role models, these idealistic leaders make a difference in the lives of children, and transform schools and neighborhoods across the US and in South Africa. For more information on how to get involved please call the City Year New Hampshire Recruitment hotline at 603-218-5101.
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