May 11, 2016 – In recent years, May the 4th has been known as Star Wars Day as the film franchise continues to draw fans from all ages. Curran Middle School students are no exception, and many arrived to school on May the 4th dressed up as their favorite Star Wars character. What they didn’t know is that those with perfect attendance during the previous two weeks of testing would have the opportunity to take photos with the “Storm Troopers” and “R2D2.”
“I dressed as princess Leia, but I didn’t know they were doing this contest,” said sixth grader Victoria Arriaga. “I was surprised to be able to take pictures with the Storm Troopers.”
“My dad helped to dress me up as a Jedi as this is my first time celebrating Star Wars day,” said seventh grader Athena Campbell. “I love that the school does things like this to motivate us after testing.”
The school worked with the 501st Legion to put on the event, an all-volunteer world-wide organization that contributes to the community through costumed charity and volunteer work.
“We were invited here today to take pictures with the students that participated in the tests at 100%,” said “Storm Trooper TK97432.” “This will hopefully help to motivate them to take testing seriously.”
May 4th was chosen as Star Wars Day because of the easy pun on the movie’s catchphrase, “May the force be with you.” Interestingly enough, the phrase was not created by the maker of the movies, Lucasfilms, but by a British newspaper to congratulate former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, on her election on May 4th, 1979. In fact, it was not until 2011 that it was adopted by some Star Wars fans in Toronto, Canada. Thanks to the internet and social media, observance of the holiday has now spread worldwide.