School Pep Rally Spurs Some Questions

It had all the markings of a High School pep rally, a screaming crowd, wearing of school colors, even the pledge of allegiance. But Wednesday's rally was all about the adults; the teachers, secretaries, custodians and other 16,000 Memphis City Employee, like Louise Jacobs.

"It helps us start the year off great," Jacobs said. "I love it."

Each year the district holds the rally in an attempt to lift school spirit as well as introduce new administrators and talk about changes.

Teacher Clarence Jones said, "It give us an opportunity to meet and greet and see some old faces and just have a positive attitude about the school year."

Not everyone is so sure the time is well spent. One Action News viewer E-mailed, "It would be just as effective if Supt. Carol Johnson addressed the teachers via TV during one of the staff meetings at each individual school."

Another viewer and former teacher, wrote, "...why not let them have "Pep Rally Day" to work in their rooms to prepare for students? A pep rally doesn't directly affect the students, but a teacher who is prepared on the first day does."

A spokesperson for the district said the time is well spent, that plenty of work gets done and raising morale is important.

MCS employee Dorothy Loften agreed, "This is motivation, it helps you keep going on and keep pressing and do better. We all can do better, she said."

MCS wants everyone to know the rally was done at no cost to tax payers.  It was paid for with donations from area businesses.