EVART — In a blur of blue and gold, Evart Public Schools sports teams, school groups and teachers came together Sept. 26 to show their school spirit at the first Wildcat Pride Night.

More than 400 people packed the halls of Evart High School to have their face painted, complete various crafts, purchase Wildcat gear and learn about organizations and after-school clubs students could join.

“This is a chance to show parents what the district has to offer,” said event organizer Cathy Wirth, who serves as the Title One Parent Involvement Coordinator and teacher.

Students also could purchase paper air planes to benefit Evart accident victim Katelyn VanMourik.

The idea for the airplane sale for VanMourik came from Evart Elementary third-grade student Braden Martin. Though he doesn’t know her personally, Braden has heard his parents talk about the accident victim and decided to do what he could to raise money for her.

“I made a paper airplane in class. My teacher mentioned family fun night and (the idea) just came to me,” Braden said.

Selling each airplane for 25 cents, Braden and his friends Raigyn, Kalin and Keagan Parish sold “quite a few.”

At the end of the night, district students, staff and parents gathered for an assembly in the school’s gymnasium. Sports teams were introduced, the EHS marching band performed and students cheered for their peers.

Students Joshua Vallette and Amelia Ward won bikes in a give away.The best Lion’s Fan was Nate Sochocki and the best Wildcat fan was Addysen Gray. Brett Barry won an airplane toss to raise money for VanMourik.

The next Evart Wildcat Pride Night will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 16, when students will learn about physical health with the help of professionals from Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital.

Visit the photo gallery to see more photos from the Wildcat Pride Night.