May 14-18 marked Pierce Puyallup’s annual Student Appreciation Week.
The theme this year was: Pierce’s students are dino-myte. The purpose of the week was for Student Programs to give back to students in the form of a fun-filled week with free food, recreation and entertainment.
Representative for evening students Angel Truong and representative for environmental concerns Kasie McAfee were primarily responsible for the preparation and organization of this activity-filled week dedicated to honoring students.
“We started the early planning in October,” Truong said. “It’s definitely the biggest event of the entire year.”
They were given an initial budget of $10,000, however, they exceeded this amount due to the additional unforeseen expenses.
As soon as winter quarter was finished, Student Appreciation Week was the primary project for Student Programs employees. Student Programs wanted to ensure the anticipated week was a success where student’s hard work and commitment was recognized and appreciated.
“We want to let students know we do recognize them and want to give them a week of fun and try to lower their stress,” Truong said. “A full week for them to be able to do that.”
The week began with a Jurassic Breakfast that included ham, cheese and egg sandwiches and orange juice. Later throughout the day, the dining commons offered free Italian sodas between the designated refueling hours.
Tuesday was a big day as Student Programs was offering free Henna tattoos, free dino nuggets and fossil fries for lunch in addition to selling TOMS shoes for an affordable $25 a pair.
Though the price was significantly lower than TOMS typically are, TOMS still donated a pair of shoes to a child in need for each pair of shoes bought.
A constant stream of students stood in line for the Henna tattoos. Students were given the option to either choose a simple or intricate design from a binder or they could print a design of their choice on Henna paper to give to the tattoo artist.
“I thought it was really cool because it’s the mentality of getting and having a tattoo for a period of time, without actually getting one,” student Luke Briehlm said.
The middle of the week festivities on Wednesday included a dino vs. humans nerf battle, the free colossal car wash and the T-Rex pizza feed.
The nerf war took place the entire day as students were given rules and waivers then battled it out trying to defeat their opponents. The car wash was a success as students were given the opportunity to drive their vehicles to the loading dock where student programs employees as well as volunteer instructors and faculty washed student’s cars for free.
Thursday was the biggest day of the event with the Big Dino BBQ funfest that took place mid-afternoon.
Vendors were contacted as early as October and were asked to set up a booth for the afternoon. Purses, jewelry, clothing, make-up, candles and other various items were sold at the vendors that were set up in the courtyards and campus lawn. Caricature artists were hired and students were able to have a cartoon version of themselves drawn for free. In the afternoon, a bountiful spread of hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, chips, watermelon, cookies and juice were provided for students in between classes.
“I thought they did a great job of making me feel appreciated,” student Matthew Harrison said. “They did a great job of providing an event for everyone whether it was food, free stuff, or just something to do around campus. I would consider the week a success”.
Thursday evening was Open Mic Night and gave students an opportunity to sing and share their talent with other students.
The week finished with a campus wide Dino Egg Hunt on Friday and a day trip to Ocean Shores on Saturday May 19.
“Student Appreciation Week was so nice,” student Jaclyn Parton said. “It gave me more motivation to keep working hard.”
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