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Spirit Day turns out all gray

SOLANA BEACH — Earl Warren Middle School’s 21st annual Spirit Day was all about being gray. Under cloudy, overcast skies, they gray team was victorious, beating out their (no pun intended) blue opponents for the second consecutive year.
More than 600 seventh- and eighth-graders were randomly divided into the two teams. Students received a team-colored T-shirt to wear as they competed in a variety of games that included blanket volleyball, the kangaroo hop, a huffy-ball relay and the balloon-head race.
Spirit Day began at Earl Warren and is now held each year at all four middle schools in the San Dieguito Union High School District. Joyce Dalessandro, who was PTA president at the time and now serves as a school board trustee, started the event to promote school spirit and give students an opportunity to meet new classmates.
The winners don’t receive any prize other than bragging rights for the school year.