Local school districts celebrate homecoming with fun, football

OSCEOLA COUNTY — The combination of football, school spirit, dancing, parades and royalty means homecoming, and this year, area schools will host a number of fun activities to celebrate.

Homecoming for RCAPS will take place the week of Sept. 21, and according to high school principal Monty Price, the atmosphere is filled with excitement thanks to a number of assemblies and activities going on each day.

"It's just a great week for our school and for the students and staff to come together," Price said. "There's lots of school spirit and the kids anxiously await the football game."

On Friday, Sept. 26, the homecoming parade will begin at 4 p.m. and travel down a new parade route. This year, participants will walk east on Church Street, north on Chestnut, west on Upton Avenue and south on Higbee Street. RCAPS supporters are encouraged to attend the event and cheer on each float, walker and school team.

The homecoming game against the Grant Tigers will begin at 7 p.m. at the football field Friday evening, and students will dance the night away on Saturday to end the week on a high note.

"Next to prom and snowcoming, our homecoming dance is the second or third most attended school event," Price said. "Homecoming in general is not only a school event, but it invites the community, too. It's a wonderful coyote pride week."

Homecoming for PRAS will take place the week of Sept. 28, with a "Wizard of Oz" theme during spirit week. A school assembly will take place for all students in the high school/middle school to feel pumped before the homecoming parade, which will take place in Tustin after school hours on Friday, Oct. 3. The football game against the Evart Wildcats will take place at 7 p.m. that evening.

"Homecoming is exciting because of the energy, the tradition and because the alumni get involved," said Pine River High School Principal Kim Miller. "It's a real festive time for our kids. We expect a wonderful week of events."

In addition to homecoming, the night of the football game also is Armed Forces Night and Senior Night, Miller added. A number of pre-game and half time events are scheduled, and a donation will be collected to benefit a charity.

EPS will celebrate homecoming during the week of Oct. 5 with a theme of "The 50s." Dress-up days will take place each day and on Friday, Oct. 10, fun activities including a dodgeball tournament, powder puff game, lunch time cookout and large assembly are scheduled.

"We try to make homecoming about as many kids as possible," said Evart High School Principal Dennis Peacock. "It's about them. We really take pride in that."

A homecoming parade will begin at 4:15 p.m., traveling from Evart Middle School and down Main Street, while the football game against the McBain Ramblers is scheduled for 7 p.m. that evening.

"The week is exciting, a little chaotic, but we're shooting for a fun one," Peacock added.