Is homecoming community spirit or trouble in the making?

To the Editor:

What is homecoming week? It is a week for ALL schools to be involved in showing fun with activities and showing their support for the community and the schools that we all represent. Either by being a parent, an aunt or an uncle, or most of all a STUDENT.

Teachers also need to show that they support the schools. This year was different. The only school that was allowed to show any school support and appreciation was the high school. The younger kids enjoy dressing up as a cowboy or cowgirl or even wear their PJs to school within reason. Or even paint their faces and a little hair paint, but this year there were people in the community and system that we are to be supporting that said "no face paint or hair paint!" Also, there were no extra activities for grades below 9th grade, but they did get to go to the parade.

As parents and school advisors we need to help all the kids feel like they are important to the community and to the school system and help them remember their school days in the future.

They are humans and have feelings also and by excluding them in the activities during special weeks like Homecoming, the kids get an attitude that they don't count unless they are in high school.

It's great that they go to the parade but they need to be involved and be allowed to wear hair paint and face paint on one day. The children only want to show school spirit. Teachers need to figure out what is more important in the classroom -- teaching or picking on kids who show school spirit. Homecoming is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, but you start excluding certain grades and telling them that certain things like dressing up are not allowed, you might as well tell them that their opinion and excitement for their school doesn't count. That is wrong. Their opinions and community spirit matters more than the adults'.

These kids make up our system and keep it going and keep the excitement of wanting to keep the sports and fund-raising activities alive.

Sarah Wiseman,

Concerned parent and community member

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