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CKCA students show school pride during Spirit Week
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Central Kansas Christian Academy teachers aid Amy Phillips works with camo-clad first grader Landen Hammeke Tuesday afternoon. The school is observing Spirit Week leading up to a basketball tournament this weekend in Larned. - photo by DALE HOGG Great Bend Tribune

There were no forests or big game in sight in the halls of Central Kansas Christian Academy Tuesday afternoon, but there was plenty of camouflage to go around.
The students there weren’t hunting animals. Instead they were observing Spirit Week and were on the hunt for victories in a basketball tournament this weekend.
“They are loving it,” said Jennifer Flick, CKCA administrative assistant. “The kids are really getting involved.”
Flick said the school doesn’t have a traditional homecoming. But, CKCA’s third- through eighth-grade basketball teams (known as the Warriors) are participating in the Catholic Schools League tourney Saturday and Sunday in Larned.
They will be competing with teams from communities like Great Bend (Holy Family), Ellinwood and Larned.
 “This is a nice way to celebrate, relax and show their support for the school and the kids who are playing,” Flick said. Besides, if the students opt to wear clothing in keeping with each day’s theme, they don’t have to wear their school uniforms.
Monday was Hawaiian Day, Tuesday was Camouflage Day, today is Crazy Hat/Hair Day, Thursday is Pajama Day and Friday is CKCA Day. Staff members, some of whom are also taking part in the festivities, are taking pictures of the students in their thematic garb each day.
“We will have a pep assembly on Friday,” she said. The late-morning event will feature cheering, cheerleading routines and prizes. Students will be dismissed early, after the rally.
Central Kansas Christian Academy, located at 215 McKinley, serves 97 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.