Ottumwa celebrates being a bulldog with district's pride week

Paw prints line the storefronts of several local businesses for Ottumwa's pride week.

All week, Ottumwa students are celebrating "Paws-itively Ottumwa Week" by showing their bulldog pride. Students preschool to high school are celebrating the positive things about being a student in Ottumwa with spirit days, pep rallies and other events.

Ottumwa businesses are getting in on the celebration too, displaying paw prints in their storefront windows. The idea of the entire week is to get everyone, including the community, involved.

"We don't function as a school district without support from our community at times, whether it be from the parents or from our local businesses," said Rick Tanner, Guidance Counselor at Liberty Elementary School. "So it's just a wonderful opportunity to make those connections and work with the stakeholders in our community."

Wednesday's theme was "Whiteout Wednesday," Thursday, students will be allowed to wear their favorite hats in class and on Friday, everyone will be sporting red and white to show their Bulldog pride.

This is the first spirit week Ottumwa has done district-wide and Tanner said he hopes it will be an annual event from now on.

For a full list of activities going on in the Ottumwa School District this week, click here.