Honoring the U.S. heroes at home and away, the Salem High School Cheerleaders began "Operation School Spirit" Week on Monday. The spirit week was created in an effort to recognize the service each day of U.S. soldiers across the world, the sacrifices that have been made by U.S. veterans and the daily courage of everyday heroes who perform jobs that service the community.
The cheerleading squad prepared goody baskets for local firemen, policemen, ambulance crews, hospital workers and local physicians throughout the past two weeks. The baskets included an invitation to Friday's pep-rally at the high school. Local military veterans and serving military are also invited to attend. The pep-rally will be held at the Salem High School gym at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 11.
All attending heroes will be recognized at the beginning of the pep-rally, said Amanda Himschoot, sponsor for the Salem cheerleading squad.
The cheerleading squad is raising money on Wednesday for the USO. Students, faculty and staff are welcomed to contribute. The squad will ask for donations from the community after 3 p.m. on Sept. 9.
Student are asked to write thank you letters during lunch on Wednesday for the currently serving military overseas.