Students show off their Tiger Pride
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.
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.