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article imageCheerleaders pledge 60,000 hours for National School Spirit Day

By KJ Mullins     Sep 7, 2011 in World
Cheerleaders do more for their communities than cheer on their school teams, they are more likely than other high school girls to volunteer according to Varsity Brands.
Varsity Brands, a source for cheerleading and dance teams, is behind the three year old project National School Spirit Day. On September 9, 2011 Varsity will celebrate the good deeds that cheerleaders and dancers do all year round in their own communities.
"It's great Varsity created National School Spirit Day to get cheerleaders across the country to come together and do something to give back to their communities," said Kendall Jenner, reality TV star and cheerleader in a press release. As part of National School Spirit Day, Jenner and the Costa Mesa Cheerleading Squad volunteered with Meals on Wheels in Santa Monica, CA to deliver healthy meals to those who are homebound. "This day really brings attention to all the incredible things that cheerleaders are doing."
Jenner is just one cheerleader doing good for her community. At Shelby County West Middle School there will be a sleep over where the girls are writing messages in hundreds of cards to be sent to the troops serving overseas.
The community park and feeder school buses will be cleaned by the St. Paul's High School "Bulldogs." The girls will also be baking cookies for their local nursing home.
Varsity is giving prizes this year for their National School Spirit Day for cheerleaders and dancers who do at least four hours of community service from September 5-9. One lucky school will receive $1,000 in school supplies.
In the Varsity Teen Girl Study it was found that cheerleaders are more likely to take part in other school sports, take a leadership role in out of school activities while maintaining a high grade point average. Eighty-one percent of cheerleaders have a 3.5 grade point average.
The study surveyed 1,016 girls 13-18 across the United States about how they spent their time, how influential they are as a group and where they hold the most power of influence.
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