Homecoming week at Fruita high school full of costumes

Planning and implementing the activities for homecoming week is a lot of hard work — mixed with tons of fun for the Student Body Association of Fruita Monument High School.

Senior Class President Caleigh Isaacks said the SBA has been preparing for homecoming for more than a month. First, they selected the theme “Treasure Island.”

The SBA then selected their spirit days themes. This week, students have dressed as pirates, twins and superheroes. Thursday is cowboys and Indians.

“It goes with Fruita’s rural side,” Isaacks explained.

Friday, the classes will compete in color wars, with each class wearing a selected color trying to outdo one another.

“(Homecoming) is something fun that gives kids a break from all the stress and work of school,” said Forrest Maddox, SBA treasurer.

Maddox said the SBA raises funds for homecoming through bake sales, cake walks and selling other treats to students, making preparations for homecoming a year-round task.

“My students work very hard,” said Vanessa Hayward, SBA adviser.

She said that her students probably spend an extra 40 hours working this week.

“I think it gives them pride — pride in their school, and themselves knowing that they have done something good for their school,” Hayward said.

Many other students will work overtime this week too, either preparing for the big games or creating award-winning floats for the parade.

A parade and bonfire will take place at 6 tonight.

A tailgate party will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at Stocker Stadium. A football game against Central High School will follow.

Although Fruita and Central are rivals, students are still expected to behave themselves, said Nick McChesney, student body president.

“It’s definitely going to be a big one,” McChesney said. “There’s always some competitiveness, but we have a pretty calm student body.”

“I’m excited for it because more and more people are starting to get into it and this week has been a lot of fun,” said student Emily Bergun.

The semi-formal dance will begin at 8:30 Saturday night.


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