CDP Editorial: Community celebration

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With homecoming week upon us, we are reminded of the powerful positive effect the event can have not only on the school community, but also on the Moffat County community in general. While that desired effect only works if the whole community participates, we are confident local residents will come through as they do each year.

When potentially contentious feelings or situations present themselves in a community, it can sometimes take a unifying event to overcome them.

Given that this is an election year — and a particularly combative one at that — homecoming week at Moffat County High School has arrived just in time.

Homecoming in Moffat County is an opportunity for the community to both look back by welcoming MCHS alumni from years past back home for the weekend as well as to appreciate the hard work being put in by current MCHS students participating in fall activities. It is a time to put aside any differences that dampen everyday life and just focus on all the great things that come with being a part of the Moffat County community.

Community members will have plenty of opportunities to do that this week, starting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, with the coronation of homecoming royalty at MCHS.

Later that night, the Moffat County Booster Club hosts a prime rib dinner for all fall sport athletes, coaches and this year’s honored alumni, the football team of 1967, the last MCHS football team to play for the state title. Some tickets are available for the general public through MCHS student council members.

Activities continue Friday with the homecoming parade, which is set for 1 p.m. Attendees will have the chance to see floats created by community members, including local students.

The football game follows at 7 p.m. at the bulldog proving grounds. The 1967 team will be honored before the game, giving the community one more chance to honor a storied piece of its past before it cheers for the present Bulldogs as they take on Summit High School.

We urge every member of the community to attend at least one of the scheduled homecoming events this weekend.

In a world where community events become less and less important, we are lucky enough to live in a place where that trend doesn’t exist. Homecoming doesn’t just lift school spirit in Moffat County, it has the ability to bring the entire community together.

However that desired effect can only happen if community members buy in and participate whole-heartedly. We are confident that as in years past, members of the Moffat County community will answer that call with flying colors.

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