Lapel - For the first time in about 30 years, Lapel High School is reviving the tradition of a winter homecoming, with events planned every day this week culminating with basketball, meals and a dance Friday, Feb. 7.
LHS Athletic Director Jimmy Howell said the move was made to add some fun to the atmosphere at the school.
“I don’t know the exact date, but it’s been close to 30 years since we’ve had a winter homecoming,” Howell said. “We’re trying to get kids more involved and spread more school spirit.”
Howell said in the mid-1970s the winter homecoming was switched for the now traditional football homecoming.
“When we started the football program in the ’70s, we switched homecoming from basketball,” Howell said. “But we thought this would be a good chance to (get) the winter homecoming started again.”
Winter homecoming events will take place at LHS throughout this week and will include spirit days, a canned food drive, a chicken noodle dinner and a homecoming dance in addition to Friday’s basketball games.
Cheerleading coach and Student Council Adviser Tina Wilson, who is helping to plan the winter homecoming, said students have been looking forward to the action-packed week.
“The kids are excited,” Wilson said. “Everyone is already dressing up and looking forward to the dance.”
Dress-up days include favorite team day on Monday; crazy black and gold day on Tuesday; nerd day on Wednesday; senior citizen day on Thursday; and class color day on Friday.
Howell said as of Monday, students were already taking the opportunity to show their school spirit.
“Everyone is already dressed up,” Howell said. “I just hope they don’t dress like me on senior citizen day.”
Wilson added classes will have the chance to compete with each other Friday after a sack lunch prepared by the cafeteria.
“We’ll be holding class competition games on Friday,” Wilson said. “I think it will be a good time for everyone.”
In addition to spirit days and class competitions, students will have the opportunity to attend a chicken noodle dinner and homecoming dance Friday.
The chicken noodle dinner, hosted by the Students to England group, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday in the commons area and tickets cost $7 for adults and $3 for students.
The dance, which is scheduled after the basketball games, will take place in the same location. The cost is $3 for singles and $5 per couple.
Wilson said the dance will end at 11:30 p.m.
The JV boys basketball game is set for 6 p.m. and the varsity game against the Indianapolis Lutheran Saints is set for 7:30 p.m. in the LHS gymnasium.