Spirit week is as much a part of most homecomings as the dance and football game.
Usually there are different themes for each day of homecoming week, allowing students to dress up to fit the part: Decades Day, School Colors Day and so on. Sometimes, however, the themes turn more elaborate.
At Clearwater Central Catholic, each grade's Student Council members choose the grade's theme for the week's activities. Give it up for:
Welcome to the Jungle (freshmen)
Super Mario Bros. (sophomores)
Jurassic Park (juniors)
James Bond (seniors)
The school's homecoming week, which starts Monday and runs through Oct. 11, begins with a hall-decorating competition, each class decking their hall according to their theme. Judges critique their creativity, incorporation of the theme, neatness and overall appearance.
"I love walking in on Tuesday and seeing the final product," said Kira Garland, the Spanish teacher who oversees the Student Council and is primarily in charge of homecoming week.
Other spirited activities include sidewalk chalk drawings and class T-shirt designing (to be worn to the pep rally at the end of the week) and, new this year, Cinema Night (requiring classes to produce movies based on their themes).
In addition to the fun, some real good comes out of homecoming week. All week long, the school collects money for the Children's Dream Fund, an organization that sponsors children with life-threatening illnesses, and at the end of the week, the winner (the class with the most money donated) is announced at the pep rally. The prize? Infinite bragging rights.
Daniel Valladares, a senior and the Executive Council president, says his favorite part of Homecoming is the pep rally. "I like hearing (football) Coach Davis talk, and seeing everyone so happy and alive," he said.