This week Moffat County High School celebrates Homecoming.
However, we think it should be something the entire community can rally around and celebrate.
With all of the related events happening that are open to the community, we encourage Craig residents - whether you are a student, have children going to MCHS, are a Bulldog graduate or just live here - to embrace the school spirit and Bulldog pride. Attend the football team dinner, bonfire and parade, cheer on the sports teams (it's not only about football!), listen to the marching band play and display lots of Bulldog Blue and White.
All of our high school's sports teams practice hard throughout the week to be ready for games, matches and meets. The band marches and practices to perfect their formations and music so that there is just the right atmosphere at Friday night's big football game - this year against Rawlins, Wyo.
And, of course, there's selection of the Homecoming King and Queen. This year, faculty members and alumni are included among the royalty, and they will be present alongside the representatives from each grade as the king and queen are announced Thursday morning at the school.
We also are hopeful that students who do get excited about homecoming also remember that school is still in session this week. Several high school teachers have said that they tend to make the lessons a little more hands-on during homecoming week to keep minds from wandering off to thinking about the game, dances, dates, etc.
Some of the editorial board members (and it's a brand-new board) remember a time when homecoming parades were a major community event. Students and parents would spend hours wrangling with chicken wire and tissue paper to get a float looking just right. Next, the crepe paper and balloons would be out in full force.
Yet, today it can seem like a chore just to get a group (more than two) people together to build the floats that make up the parade. That's because of many factors, including apathy and the busier lives we all seem to lead in 2008.
And Craig has an ordinance against throwing candy at a parade, which also removes some of the olden-days fun.
But the more of us that get involved, the better the annual Homecoming Parade will turn out.
Although it may be hard to just take off from work for a high school parade, if you have the opportunity to go, then do so. Parents, if you can, come out and support your kids and their class(es).
Traditionally, homecoming celebrations have functioned as a kind of reunion, drawing graduates who have long since moved away, or recent graduates who are in college in other cities and states, back to town to watch the big football game and root on their home team.
At many schools, homecoming dances are open to both students and alumni. Although the MCHS dance on Saturday night is not open to all alumni, people can ask to be guests at the dance, and as long as administration grants approval by Oct. 9, they'll be able to attend.
As a community, we can also do our best to encourage the students to have a fun, safe night. Encourage the students you know to celebrate after the game and the dance in safe, legal ways, and if they do decide partake of adult beverages (albeit illegally), make sure not to drive.
So, Craig, how do you plan to celebrate Homecoming week? Are you willing to show a little (or a lot of) Bulldog pride? We sure hope so.