Community Unites for Homecoming Celebration

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Harborfields students, faculty and community members beamed with green and white pride in mid-September, as they gathered to showcase their school spirit during the district’s annual homecoming parade and football game.

Leading up to the homecoming festivities on Sept. 12, Harborfields High School students kept their tradition alive by raising funds for a charity organization. The top eight teachers who raised the most student donations took the ALS Foundation ice bucket challenge, adding to the excitement of the high school’s pep rally. At the rally, students sported their school colors and cheered as their fellow classmates engaged in friendly competitions and witnessed the crowning of homecoming king Jack Wilson and queen Claudia Maimone.

The next morning, the high school’s marching band led the traditional homecoming parade from the Harborfields Public Library to the high school. Cheerleaders, fire engines and student-made floats snaked their way down the street to the cheer of all onlookers. Designed around a sports theme, the senior class represented the “Olympic Games” with their float, the junior class designed a “FIFA Soccer” display, the sophomore class represented the “Kentucky Derby” and the freshmen class depicted “NASCAR.”

At the homecoming football game, the Harborfields Torandoes took the spotlight against the Mount Sinai Mustangs, dominating the opposition throughout the entire game. A special halftime performance featured the talented high school marching band, kickline and cheerleading squad, as well as choreographed dances from each graduating class. To culminate the event, Dr. Rory Manning, principal of Harborfields High School, Dr. Jami Goldstein and Robert Kelly, assistant principals, and John Valente, director of health, physical education and athletics, also took the ALS ice bucket challenge, to the cheers of the entire crowd.

Happy to support a district tradition, Superintendent of Schools Diana Todaro said, “I think this is a great community event that brings everyone together.”