October 11, 2012 | 554 views
Homecoming’s approach creates excitement
A brisk wind blows through the trees every morning now as I make my way along the acorn-dotted roads to Lawrence Woodmere Academy (LWA).
The school year is swiftly underway and the atmosphere is busy but optimistic, with students juggling coursework, sports games, clubs and activities. The cheerful productivity absolutely thrives in all of fall’s autumnal glory, and is almost as palpable as the crisp breeze that hints at exciting things to come.
And boy, are there exciting things coming up at LWA! In particular, the annual homecoming festivities are on everyone’s mind, with the date set for Oct. 20.
Homecoming here is a very special occasion. Upon my first time participating last year, I was astounded by all of the amazing booths and activities lined up for the event. Like a public school, LWA kicks off its Homecoming with a game, but that’s about where the similarities end. For one, in lieu of the typical football game it’s a soccer game (versus arch-rival Portledge), fervently cheered on by the scores of attending fans.
Afterwards one is confronted with the daunting variety of food options, from the mouth-watering barbeque and grill to the classic cotton candy and pretzel machines to the cornucopia of baked goods destined to destroy any sweet tooth. I myself devoured nearly half my weight in cheesecake last October, and am eagerly, albeit guiltily, looking forward to doing so again this year.
Other than dining, there are countless entertaining events to join, including face-painting, pong toss, a petting zoo, goldfish adoption, and the ever-popular wedding booth. The students run the booths to fundraise for their respective grades, working multiple shifts to raise money for events such as Prom and the presentation of the Senior Gift planned later in the year. Although LWA lacks some of the things a bigger school might have (i.e. the aforementioned football team), it is never lacking in the school spirit that inspires wonderful celebrations such as Homecoming weekend.