Vail Pride Day

If ever there were an excuse to get out on a beautiful sunny day in February, celebrating our community and the achievements of our students at the Vail School District would be it! For Vail residents interested in what’s happening with our students and seeing the accomplishments of folks from our part of the city, Vail Pride Day is a must-attend event. It happens this Saturday, February 21, at the Pima County Fairgrounds.

Vail Pride Day is a free event that runs from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Achievement, Community and Culture.”

At the event, students will display their accomplishments for the community to admire. The morning kicks off with a fun run at 8:00 a.m. before the colors are presented at 8:30 a.m. Throughout the day, there will be a science showcase, food court, classroom displays, community interest displays, fundraising activities, Vail heritage displays, an art gallery, and special performances.

A few of the featured events that you won’t want to miss include:

  • 8:45 a.m. – Academic Jeopardy in Thurber Hall
  • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Middle School Wrestling Match in the Pavillion
  • 11:45 a.m. – Math Bowl in Thurber Hall
  • 1:00 p.m. – Awards ceremony, including the handing out of scholarships from the Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce.

There will also be several dance and musical performances held throughout the day by the following groups:

  • Bands and choir performances from Corona Foothills Middle School, Rincon Vista Middle School, Sycamore Elementary, Senita Valley Elementary, Desert Sky Middle School, Mesquite Elementary, Cottonwood Elementary, Desert Willow Elementary, Old Vail Middle School, Esmond Station, Acacia, and Ocotillo Ridge
  • Vail K-8 Orchestra performances
  • Empire High School Steel Drums
  • Sycamore Stinger Dance
  • Sycamore Muppet Club
  • RVMS Cheerleaders
  • Cottonwood Enrichment Center
  • Danzone Company
  • Vail¬†Youth Symphony
  • Singing Is Fun
  • Folklorico
  • NJROTC Unarmed
  • Studio One
  • Tumblers
  • Vail Blended Learning
  • Andrada Rock Band

This event is focused around the achievements of our students. To encourage students to continue their strong performance in and out of the classroom, many community organizations came forward to sponsor this valuable event and show support for what’s happening in our school district.

This will be the 16th annual Vail Pride Day. It started in 1999 by community member Anne Gibson and continues to be one of the most anticipated events of the year.

On Saturday, let’s come together as a community to celebrate each other and honor our community’s achievements. Will you be attending this year’s Vail Pride Day?

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Lucretia Free