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Orab Homecoming 2020: Some Activities Canceled, Others Added

Sheldon, Iowa — This week is Homecoming Week at Sheldon High School, with some traditions taking place, others not, and even one or two that have been added.

Sheldon High School’s Student Leadership Team took the lead on planning this year’s Homecoming celebration, beginning with the theme for the week. Tori Fjeld is on the Student Leadership Team, and she explains where they got the idea for this year’s theme.

(As above) “We came to the theme of, ‘Home,’ this year. And the way we came to it was that everybody had to stay home during corona, so we thought, ‘why not just make the theme of Home for Homecoming? We just thought that would go together pretty well.”

Fjeld says some changes in Homecoming activities had to be made due to the pandemic.

(As above) “We usually do a Game Day, which we’re not able to because we can’t have everyone together. We can’t do our Powder Puff and He-Man type things, which is always just a part of  Homecoming, and it really is what makes Homecoming, Homecoming. So we’re doing our best, we decorated the school, we have our Fun Homecoming Days…trying to make it still fun, and do what we can.”

She says this year’s Homecoming Dance fell victim to COVID-19, as well.

(As above) “We were really looking forward to doing the dance this year, and making it kind of big, where we could actually dress up. And just due to the COVID thing, we’re not going to be allowed to have it. So hopefully we can still have a Winter Formal later in the year. We’ll just kind of have to wait and see where everything goes and how the numbers change.”

There is something that used to be part of Sheldon’s Homecoming festivities, but hasn’t been done for several years. But for 2020, the Homecoming Parade has been brought back. Fjeld tells us more.

(As above) “Our parade is going to feature our Homecoming (Royalty) Candidates. It’s going to have the High School Marching band, the clubs, organizations, the Dance Team will be dancing. We’ll also have the retired teachers, having them ride in the parade. Then we’re going to have our Orab cooks and Cafe members, because they really did so much for us this summer and we just wanted to make sure that we appreciate them, as well as our custodians, because they have been working extra hard to keep the school clean, especially with the whole COVID regulations that we have right now.”

Friday’s Homecoming Parade is scheduled to begin at 2:15 pm, on the north Side of the Sheldon Middle School. From there it will travel south down 23rd Avenue to East 6th Street, then proceed west on East 6th to Union Avenue, where it will head north to East 4th Street, ending up in the high school parking lot north of the Outdoor Aquatic Center. If you’d like to see the parade, high school Principal Sherrie Zeutenhorst says you can park in the parking lot on the south side of Immanuel Christian Reformed Church and view the parade as it passes along 6th Street. If you can’t attend in person, KIWA will be doing a video livestream of the event, that will be available by CLICKING HERE.

Friday night’s Homecoming Football Game finds the Orabs entertaining Central Lyon/George-Little Rock.

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