Newaygo Homecoming Images
Photos and story by Alexis Mercer
Students and staff at Newaygo Public Schools celebrated a week of festivities for the 2016 Homecoming. The students dressed up for spirit week, with themes such as Twin Day, Pink Wednesday, and Disney Character Day.
Friday was an eventful day from the time the bell rang for students to be released to the pep-assembly. Spirit points were tallied from each of the dress up days. Classes competed against each other in tug of war...
...dodgeball and a class spirit “loudest” competition. All points were pulled together and the winners received the “Spirit Jug” for the year. The seniors were crowned the victors, though the other classes did make it a tight race!
After just a short break, the remainder of the evening was underway. For the first time, there was a Homecoming parade. The floats started at Newaygo Middle School and ended up at Newaygo High School. Each of the floats the students of NHS had been working on all week with the theme of Disney was included.
The Freshmen theme was Finding Nemo, Sophomores was Up, Juniors was Monsters, Inc. and Seniors was The Lion King. The Class of 2020 came out the victors in this float building competition.
Along with these floats, the NHS Marching Band participated, playing the Fight Song and other spirited songs. The Rocket Football program pulled together three floats with football players balancing on every available surface and throwing candy to the excited crowd.
The stream of the parade participants and crowd arrived to a tailgate tent from Independent Bank, who gave away more than 600 hot dogs! Wesco of Newaygo donated bags of popcorn. Independent Bank also provided drinks for the fans.
Near the Independent Bank tailgate was a dunk tank! United Way teamed up with NHS National Honors Society to raise money for the community. Teachers and administrators from NPS volunteered in 10-15 minute time slots. Anyone could donate $5 for 3 throws to dunk their favorite employee.
The freezing cold water provided much entertainment, bringing in $500! Later in the evening, the students and fans at the football game were able to put someone in “jail” and the person jailed would have to pay money (the amount that was given to jail them) to get out! This raised an additional $200.
75% of the money earned from the fundraisers will be donated to the local food bank and 25% will be going to the veterans of Newaygo County.
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