Hey, Basalt, it’s Homecoming Week
October 8, 2009
Did you know this week is Homecoming Week for Basalt High School? I really wouldn’t have known either, except for the fact that I co-teach art history up at the high school and happened to ask last week what they were doing this week for events, and not even the kids in my class knew what was going on this week.
I’m a proud Basalt High School alum, class of 2003. I didn’t expect an invitation to the football game Friday night, or any kind of recognition, but I kind of expected some sort of announcement that this week was indeed homecoming. The reason for my expectation is that when I was in high school we tried really hard to involve our community in the festivities.
I remember homecoming being magical. Each class got a separate part of the “theme,” and we decorated our hallways, dressed up accordingly, competed against each other, and cheered each other on in our respective sports and talents. Each night there were events: a talent show, brute volleyball, powder puff football, an amazing bonfire, and of course the Friday night game at which the whole town came to (you couldn’t find a parking spot unless you were all the way down the hill). At the game we recognized alums who had made the trip home to cheer on their good ol’ BHS ‘Horns. Did you know there are alums who live in the area from 1956?
It’s sad that this community doesn’t support their high school and the alumni don’t come home. When was the last time you took your young children up to the high school to watch a sport? How are you going to feel when your kids go to that high school and have no support from their community, and you are one of the few people at a game, only because you are a parent? The kids will do better in their sports if people come watch and cheer them on. It’s important to them to know that people are behind them – win or lose.
So, instead of sitting at home watching television this Friday night, try this instead: Wrap the family up in warm clothes (purple and gold are preferable colors, but anything will do), go up to Basalt High School, get a hot dog (and maybe some hot chocolate!) from the concession stand, sit on the bleachers, and cheer on your Basalt Longhorns. They need the support to beat the Roaring Fork Rams!
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