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Members of the 2010 Homecoming Committee are, laying in front, Drew Cayard; in the front row, Josh Rowan, Rebekah Sand, Emily Severson and Isis Alexander; and, back, Darren Beenken, Miranda Larson, Shelby Olson, Chloe Halvorson, Kathryn Beckett, Brian Waldbillig, Katie Zitzmann and Trevor LaChance.

Students show off their Tiger Pride

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It's never too early to start making plans, and when it comes to planning a whole week of activities to celebrate Farmington High School's Tiger Pride, well, it's safe to say those plans are already in the making.

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Members of the 2010 FHS homecoming committee have been meeting for a couple of weeks already, drumming up plans and themes for the big week. That big week is coming up fast, too -- school starts on Tuesday, Sept. 7, leaving just 18 days until homecoming week begins.

Homecoming 2010 starts on Saturday, Sept. 25 with the Tiger Homecoming Fun Run and Walk, and wraps up on Friday, Oct. 1, when the Tiger football team takes on Holy Angels.

There are all kinds of activities planned in between -- the homecoming parade will be Wednesday, Sept. 29, followed by coronation -- and those are the sorts of details the committee is working on now.

Funding the fun

According to homecoming advisor Marianne Feely, pulling off the activities does require funding, and donations have been slower to come in these days.

To try to drum up a little funding, the homecoming committee is selling Tiger Pride yard signs for $10 each.

"It's a fund raiser for the events we do for homecoming," Feely said. "The signs are not only to promote school spirit, but to provide funding for the events that we do."

The signs are for sale at school registration days or community education. Once the school year starts, they'll also be on sale at the school store.

The homecoming committee is also being pretty prudent with where and how they're spending the money they have. During the meetings, Feely said, the students are trying to find ways to trim costs, just a little.

"We also look at our budget and try to see where we can spend our dollars and maybe make some adjustments and still make it a fun event," she said. "For instance, instead of renting two inflatables (for the Sept. 27 activity night), can we be creative and set up an obstacle course? Those are the kinds of things we're trying to look at.

"It's like, how can we make the event fun and still save a little money in the process?"

The homecoming committee is also working with the FHS student council to see what their plans are and how the two groups can work together.

The committee is also accepting donations of time and funding. Businesses or organizations interested in lending assistance can call Feely at community education, 651-460-3207, or e-mail her at mfeely@farmington. k12.mn.us.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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