High School Students Send Out Great Big TK Thank-You

How long does it take for about 900 sweaty students to form the letters “T” and “K” on a football field? About 15 minutes.

But If you watch it in the time-lapse video created by Jerry Robinson, the digital media teacher at the high school, it takes about 20 seconds and comes with a guarantee of a smile, it’s so silly.

Ray Rickert, Thornapple Kellogg High School’s marching band director and music teacher, directed the student body to create the letters on the first day of school, which was a nice, balmy 84 degrees.

Shooting the picture came from Tony Petersen, high school principal, and was part of the kick-off of the school’s new PBIS (positive behavioral interventions and supports). It also was created as a thank-you to the community from the staff and students of the high school for supporting the school and approving a bond that helped pay for stadium and track improvements, he said.

Linda Odette
Linda Odette is a freelance writer and editor with more than 30 years of experience in journalism. She’s worked primarily as an editor in feature departments at newspapers in West Michigan, including the Grand Rapids Press, the Muskegon Chronicle and the Holland Sentinel. She lives in East Grand Rapids near the Eastown edge, has a teenage son and a daughter in college. Read Linda's full bio

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