Running to the finish

Evart celebrating homecoming; game against Pine River set for Friday

Evart High School’s first-year principal Jessica Kolenda couldn’t be more excited about this week’s homecoming festivities.

A week of activities drenched in school spirit will be capped off by the football game at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7.

Whenever Pine River and Evart meet on the football field, Kolenda said it represents their two schools’ Armed Forces game.

“We honor those who serve or have served in the armed forces,” she said. “There’s a special ceremony that happens at halftime. Because of the partnership of Pine River and Evart, both marching bands come together for that really neat moment.

“It’s going to be a fabulous homecoming.”

The theme for spirit week is “Dreams and Wishes,” Kolenda said, adding it has a sort of Disney feel.

The students have worn clothes associated with each day’s designation.

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, the girls will be playing powder puff football and the boys will be playing powder puff volleyball.

Friday is jam-packed with scheduled activities, Kolenda said.

“We’re going to have a huge pep assembly and the final two powder puff football games will be played in front of the student body,” she said.

Students also have the opportunity to learn about something not in their textbooks that day, as teachers are going to share their knowledge about an activity they like to students.

“It’s really going to be fun,” she said. “As a former teacher here, I think it will be nice for teachers to connect with kids you wouldn’t normally see, and help them learn something new.”

Among the many activities slated, Kolenda said one teacher will be teaching students how to play pickleball while another teacher will share about parkour. According to Webster’s New World College Dictionary, parkour is the sport of moving quickly over walls, benches and anything else in the way using leaping, climbing and running in a smooth, graceful way.

The community parade begins at 4 p.m. at Evart Middle School, with the procession heading down Main Street and ending up at the fairgrounds. Following the parade, there will be tailgating until 6:15.

At 6:20 p.m., both Evart and Pine River bands will come together to lead a fan march to the football field, an event Kolenda said band director Diana Craven is organizing.

“I came from a big high school with a longstanding tradition for our home football games,” Kolenda said. “We had a tunnel underneath the football field and the band would play percussion while they marched through the tunnel. The reverberation of the percussion was amazing.

“In that spirit, the two bands will march through the school with all the fans inside, and they will march over to the field where the fans and tailgating will be. It is a great way for community involvement and sense of participation from both communities.”

The homecoming game, between Pine River and Evart, begins at 7 p.m.

Evart’s homecoming week festivities will conclude with the dance on Saturday evening.