On the 21st of November, the day before Thanksgiving break, the senior class participated in “Anything But a Backpack Day”. The trend began at Jefferson School District 251 in Idaho and quickly gained popularity on TikTok in October 2021. The day allows students to bring something other than a backpack to hold their school supplies for a day.
Some students brought laundry baskets, pots and pans, skateboards, and traveling sticks. In other schools, students have brung canoes, toy trucks, siblings, large garbage cans, and other such items. However, our school strictly prohibited the bringing of these items.
Even though the event was long anticipated, less than 30 seniors participated. Many students expected a wider turnout, especially since High School West has never had a day like this before. Andrew Grant, a senior who brought a shoe box, expressed: “I had a lot of fun with Anything But A Backpack Day and I think it was worth it.” He also stated that he wished more people participated, but everyone who did participate had a lot of fun.
Numerous students, including those who are not seniors, agree that they would enjoy having this day again but with the whole school. Junior Riddhi Das claims “I loved seeing what the seniors brought, and I want to do the same with the whole school soon.”
Although most seniors didn’t participate, “Anything But a Backpack Day” was considered a success because those who did participate enjoyed themselves and were grateful for such an event during their senior year.