2017-10-12 / News

Enchantment filling the hearts of students and many others during Kearsley homecoming

BY TANYA TERRY
810-452-2645 • tterry@mihomepaper.com

BURTON — Once Upon a Time is the theme students at Kearsley High School selected by vote for their 2017- 2018 school year homecoming.

“It’s a nice theme because I think it pertains to students kindergarten to 12th grade,” said Patti Yorks, superintendent of Kearsley Community Schools.

There is a spirit week theme for each day of the week starting with Oct. 9, and the theme of Disney Day. Oct. 10’s theme was mathletes versus athletes. Oct. 11’s theme was Nike versus Adidas. Oct. 12’s theme is “Beauty and the Beast,” and the theme for Oct, 13 will be blue and gold.

“I like how spirit week brings us all together and it really is a week of stress relief.” said Emilie Lewis, a Kearsley senior.

Powder puff games were held Oct. 9. Freshman competed against the juniors at 5:30 p.m., and at 7 p.m. the seniors played the sophomores.

“Kids love to compete by grade levels,” Yorks said. “The seniors love playing against the sophomores, and vice versa. The students have coaches who are also staff members and the students spend a lot of time preparing for this event. I think it’s a lot of good fun, and competition.”

Karen Aagesen, a retired Kearsley Elementary teacher, was selected as this school year’s Kearsley homecoming grand marshal.

“Karen has been a long-time employee of Kearsley Community Schools,” Yorks said. “She retired in June. She has taught in all our buildings, with the exception of the high school. She taught with us for 38 years and has given such a great start to our elementary students!”

The Kearsley homecoming parade begins at 5 p.m. Oct. 13. It will begin at the corner of Carpenter and Genesee roads and will head south on Genesee Road to Daly Boulevard, then to the high school.

Each grade level designs its own float for the parade. Each year, different groups are also in the parade. The Kearsley marching band and bus drivers are part of the parade, and the parade is led by the local police department.

“Kearsley is a unique school because we don’t have a town,” Yorks said. “Even people without kids enjoy the parade. It’s a strong annual Kearsley tradition that goes back as long as we can recall to have a homecoming parade. We always have a great turnout.”

After the homecoming parade, until 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria., there will be a tailgate for the community. Food can be purchased during the tailgate for $5, which includes all-you-can-eat Mexican, Italian and Chinese cuisine, as well as desserts. All proceeds from the tailgate benefit The Kearsley Christmas Charity, a fund which is used to help families in need in the school district each year.

“The tailgate is a really nice event which our students and staff invite the community to,” Yorks said. “It’s a lot of fun, but also allows for us to raise money for the holidays.”

The homecoming game takes place 7 p.m. Oct. 13. Kearsley High School will be playing Owosso High School.

Yorks said the Kearsley homecoming is something the whole community can look forward to all year and enjoy because the school is the heart of the city.

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