With an economy still stuck in recession and a shift to be less wasteful, Carrollton High School’s Homecoming committee this year decided to think think outside of the float.
Lee Burson and Kristy Phillips, CHS Homecoming sponsors, along with student class representatives came up with an idea that not only addressed these two concerns, but also included the participation of all Carrollton City Schools students. The theme for this year’s homecoming festivities was “Trojan Nation: Give, Fight, Win!”
Carrollton Elementary School, Carrollton Middle School and Carrollton Junior High each selected a high school class to help. The classes chose specific items to collect to donate to the Community Foundation of West Georgia following the parade on Friday, Sept. 17. The classes collected over 13,000 items!
According to senior Briana Boyd, “We have always had to raise around $500 to build a float that we throw away the day after Homecoming.” Phillips made the remark that Carrollton High School has a tradition of excellence, not a tradition of wastefulness.
CHS freshmen partnered with Carrollton Middle School and collected toothpaste and toothbrushes as their cause. Sophomores worked with Carrollton Junior High School for donating boxes of cereal. The junior class was paired with Carrollton Elementary to collect toilet paper and the senior class, also working with CES, focused on jars of peanut butter and jelly. The classes worked hard collecting the items with the following results:
1st Place - Juniors
2nd Place - Seniors
3rd Place - Freshmen
4th Place - Sophomores
“Traditionally classes work long hours and struggle to find sponsors to build something that is not sustainable,” said Phillips. She remarked that this new idea retains all of the elements of a great Homecoming. “Students share the fun of competing, they have a sense of Trojan spirit from the partnership, and the Trojan Nation and the broader community win in the end.”
According to Kim Jones at the Community Foundation, these staples are among those that are always in great demand at local food banks. She said that many people do not realize that toothpaste and bathroom tissue are not covered by food stamps.
In keeping with the theme, Homecoming representatives were even involved by selecting to give part of their entry fee to one of the organizations that the Carrollton City Schools work to support. According to Burson, “It begins to make students aware that their small support can ultimately make a big difference, and in doing so, goes beyond Homecoming night.”
Congratulations to everyone who had a part in making this Homecoming so successfull!
(Above photos courtesy of Rita Gentry)