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Editorial: Homecoming showcases Tiger pride

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On Monday night, three Farmington High School students talked to the District 192 school board about all of the things going on this week for Homecoming. It's an impressive list, and it's one in which FHS students can take some genuine pride.

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For that matter, so can the rest of the Farmington community.

It didn't used to be like this. Homecoming used to be nearly a dirty word around Farmington, with students getting more attention for the mischief they got up to late at night than the things they did in school or on the athletic field. Many in the community were frustrated.

That's when students took control. For the past several years they have worked hard to transform the weeklong event into a celebration of school pride. They have encouraged students to attend all athletic events, not just Friday's football game. They have turned the coronation of Homecoming royalty into a community event and planned activities to keep students busy every night of the week.

They have reached beyond the school walls, too. Wednesday's Homecoming parade is evidence of that. Student groups deserve a lot of credit for throwing themselves into a tradition that has fallen by the wayside at many high schools. Their enthusiasm was obvious at a Saturday afternoon float-building event held at the Dakota County Fairgrounds. But it wasn't just students present at the event. It was also community groups and local businesses. Everyone has gotten involved. Participation has grown so much that this year's parade route had to be shortened so darkness wouldn't fall before the last float had gone by.

And even then the parade wouldn't amount to much if people didn't show up for it. They do, though. Residents line the streets to take in the floats.

Modern Homecoming in Farmington is a weeklong celebration of FHS and the city where it is located, and everyone involved should be thrilled with what it has become.

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