Activities scheduled for homecoming
Classes fund-raising for Katrina victims
"Midnight Masquerade," the theme of this year's homecoming festivities in Basehor-Linwood, has taken on a whole new meaning in light of the tragedy that recently struck the Gulf Coast.
The theme was chosen at the beginning of August. High school officials said students felt the theme would be fun because it was associated with the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans.
However, after the destruction left by Hurricane Katrina, which decimated New Orleans and left hundreds of thousands without homes, the high school decided to retain the theme in hopes of spurring on local humanitarian efforts to benefit those in the south.
Each class at the high school is competing to see who can raise the most money for hurricane relief.
Homecoming is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1.
Festivities will begin Thursday, Sept. 29, with a bonfire behind the high school. A disc jockey will provide music and the school's dancers and cheerleaders will also perform.
The event begins at 8 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.
The homecoming parade is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. the following day. The parade route will run between Leavenworth and Parallel Roads, along 155th Street. Staging areas for all floats entered into the parade are Basehor Elementary School's parking lot, 155th Terrace and 156th Street and entries must meet at one of those locations by 5 p.m. Walking groups, decorated vehicles and decorated motorcycles also need to meet by 5 p.m. at the sixth-grade center.
Motorcycles and dirt bikes will not be allowed to enter the parade.
Parade winners will be announced at the football game and posted on the marquee in front of the high school.
To participate in the parade, contact Sherry McKinley at the high school, (913) 724-2266, by Sept. 29.
The high school booster club will sponsor a barbecue from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. as part of the homecoming celebration.
Homecoming candidates will be introduced and the 2005 king and queen will be crowned at halftime of the football game against Columbus Titans. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.