Stars, stripes and rolling dice
Board games came to life at the Wilsonville High School Homecoming parade Friday, Oct. 6, as the evening marked another spirited and jam-packed event for the Wilsonville community.
"As usual, we have a strong sense of kids feeling connected to the community," Principal Dan Schumaker said. "Tons of kids lined up, people (were) in lawn chairs waiting for floats to go by."
This year, the parade theme was board games. Each grade level searched memories of their childhood to create different board game-themed floats. Freshman pulled out in a Monopoly-themed float, sophomores chose Operation, juniors decided on Clue and seniors went with Candyland.
"I think it's fun because it brings us back to our childhood and the fun we had playing the board games we chose," said senior Maddie Prater, a student in ASB, a leadership role where she helps plan and promote events. "I helped paint different things and the floor to the float. The floor was a little bit of challenge because we had to paint specific colors in specific areas and getting in the corners was a bit tough."
But when Homecoming rolled around, the hard work was worth it.
The board game floats weren't the only parade participants. The cheer team, dance team and band were some groups that also marched along the neighborhood streets. "The thing I like most about the parade is the way the whole community comes together to watch the parade and then they come to the game. I also like seeing familiar faces while in the parade," Prater said. "The parade is important because it brings a whole city together — that's why it's also important to us. Another reason is to show the city what the high school is up to this year, (and) we have many cool things that will make the city proud."This year during the football game, the stands were filled with people dressed and decorated in red, white and blue.
"The learning for us as educators is to make sure (the students) understand wearing red, white and blue, it's not just another night — with veterans out there,it means something,"
Schumaker said. He wanted to make sure students understood the symbolism, and assured that they did.
"We really like (that the parade) culminates at a football game because we get pretty big crowds for games," Schumaker said. "(It's a) good opportunity to get lots of people from the community in one place."