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TRAIL group looks to revamp and revibe DDHS

IMAGE: Principal Jim Karedes talks at a planning session with DDHS TRAIL group members Friday, Nov. 17.

Principal Jim Karedes talks at a planning session with DDHS TRAIL group members Friday, Nov. 17.

The Delavan-Darien High School’s TRAIL Group is taking huge steps to revamp, revibe and reinvigorate the school.

On Tuesday, Nov. 21, the TRAIL group will have its first full Day-Of-Service at DDHS. About 70 student leaders will undertake a variety of tasks aimed at improving the school atmosphere.

IMAGE: DDHS senior Seth Grabow talks about Tuesday's TRAIL Day-of-Service activities with his school peers.

DDHS senior Seth Grabow talks about Tuesday’s TRAIL Day-of-Service activities with his school peers.

Volunteering TRAIL students will be:

  • Prepping and priming unpainted interior brick walls of the school in preparation for new Comet colors;
  • Planning out various motivational quotes to paint on walls in different areas of the school;
  • Cleaning, rearranging and sprucing up trophy cases located throughout the school;
  • Designing and painting promotional posters for athletics and extra-curricular activities;
  • Updating and reinventing bulletin boards in hallways and common areas;
  • Planning a new DDHS Alumni Military Wall of Honor;
  • general grounds cleanup;
  • rearranging office furniture;
  • and more!

The TRAIL Group is meant for student leaders and student role models. They have earned the day to partake in the activities because they are caught up on school work, have good grades, have good attendance and have demonstrated leadership, Principal Jim Karedes said.

TRAIL stands for Teamwork, Respect, Accountability, Integrity, and Leadership.

It is taking an ever-increasing role in school revamping and rebranding since forming in the 2016-17 school year. Several students went to leadership conferences to learn more about being a leader in their school. The TRAIL group also took steps to pump up the athletics and extra-curricular offerings and get more students involved, they were greeters at the front doors when students entered in the morning, they maintained a “birthday wall” to recognize students on their birthday, they updated commons TV information slideshows, and worked with staff on a school climate committee.

This year, DDHS student leaders, many of them in the TRAIL group, went through a “revibing” and “rebranding” workshop with marketing experts from Delavan’s Geneva Supply Company earlier this year. Many more new ideas for school improvement spawned at that meeting and are being considered by the TRAIL group for implementation.

“We are going to be working on improving our school climate through our unique club that we have here,” senior TRAIL member Seth Grabow said. “It’s looking for some ways to increase the spirit and vibe that our school is giving off.”

Tuesday’s event will be the most noticeable “big splash” for the school’s revamping efforts. We’re #DDCometProud of the initiative and support these student leaders have shown to help restore the pride at Delavan-Darien High School. Go Comets!

*NOTE: Special Thank You to Geneva Supply and Prestige Paints for donating the paint to help revamp the interior of the school building!

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