FRANCIS L. CARDOZO EDUCATION PEP RALLY
Working alongside two of the FUTURE PROJECT'S most amazing DREAM DIRECTORS this past Friday has solidified my newest theory in personal development...
DREAMWORK MAKES THE TEAMWORK! Yes, I know, we typically say "TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAMWORK" but if there is no dream, what does the team do? Once THE DREAM is identified, the TEAM goes to work. DREAMWORK + TEAMWORK = REALITY.
Cortni G. (EL CAPITAN) + I connected a few months ago via THE FUTURE PROJECT (learn more about THE FUTURE PROJECT here) and have been masterminding initiatives + collaborations to inspire + educate youth beyond Washington DC, to include the entire DMV area. The former DREAM DIRECTOR carries this same mission at heart for the students of his "home base", Francis L. Cardozo Educational Campus.
THE DREAM TEAM (students of THE FUTURE PROJECT) decided to organize a PEP RALLY for the entire campus at Cardozo. I received the invitation to come through...THE DREAM TEAM far exceeded any expectation I had about what this event would look like. With the guidance of Veracity S. (BIG HAIR DON'T CARE), DREAM DIRECTOR EXTRAORDINAIRE, THE DREAM TEAM put on a PEP RALLY like the school has never seen...literally. Cardozo's entire campus is newly renovated + administration has its doubts about school wide events, so there have been none for the past two years.
LIVE D.J., GO GO BAND, PERFORMANCES, DOGEBALL, PIE IN THE FACE, DANCING, ENDLESS SELFIES + PRIZES...
Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus students + staff had no idea what they had just walked into...
THE MAJOR BAND, (featuring some of CARDOZOS very own students) brought that "BOUNCE" only DC natives know about. The band had the students + staff + administrators + volunteers straight rocking. The stage was set + students began to flood the gymnasium in silence.
The MC (Cortni) got on the mic to hype the students up for the festivities. Once DJ MIM got on the ones and twos + students stood up to rep their classes, it was a wrap.
THE PEP RALLY WAS OFFICIALLY ON + POPPING!!!
7-11, 7-11, yea seven twice...SEVEN TWICE!!!
CARDOZOS Dance Team, ESSENCE OF DIVA, captivated the crowd with their very own rendition of Beyonce's 7-11.
PIE AN ADMINISTRTOR...IN THE FACE!!!
I wish I had this opportunity in High School, I can think of a few Administrators I would have loved to get off the top...You know the students loved this, I hope the Administrators don't hold this against them..
Veracity + Cortni + DJ MIM + IAMLAKESHALEE + Kenya...
P.O.P. HOLDIN IT DOWN...seriously, THE DREAM TEAM set it up, we held it down.
By the end of the day THE DREAM TEAM was worn out from turning up with DJ MIM + THE MAJOR BAND... from giving and relaying messages from Veracity to Cortni, upstairs to downstairs, one side of the gymnasium to the other. They made sure the pie station was returned to its normal function in the hallway, returned mascot uniforms, dodgeballs and cleared the gym.
The PEP RALLY was a huge success, THE DREAM TEAM accomplished their goal, the dream became a reality! Boost school morale + TURNUP with their classmates without drama. DREAMWORK MADE THE TEAMWORK! I had an awesome time, I was high off the energy + unity + freedom of expression + passion of the students when I left CARDOZO and can't wait to return.
Shoutout to all the Administrators, Teachers, Security, Community Partners, who made the Pep Rally the EVENT THE STUDENTS WILL REMEMBER FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR!
GO DR ROANE.
GO DREAM TEAM.
GO FUTURE PROJECT.