Lyons Township homecoming offers something for everyone
Lyons Township High School freshmen Medine Rexhepi (left) and Besim Sulejmani enjoy their lunch as Sulejmani shows his school pride by wearing pajamas for the first day of homecoming week. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 5, 2012 6:18AM
WESTERN SPRINGS — Homecoming at Lyons Township High School isn’t just about those who graduated.
“Homecoming is important for our current students because it is one of the many time-honored traditions at LT,” said Principal Dave Franson, who graduated from LT in 1976, “It’s also important because between the parade, game, dance, and return of alumni, it is truly a communitywide event.”
The theme for the 2012 homecoming is A Voyage to the Future, but tradition still plays a key role in the annual event.
“I don’t know that homecoming has changed as much as it has evolved,” said Peter Geddeis, LT’s student activities director. “The basic calendar of events hasn’t changed much over the years, but the size and scope of the individual events have seen significant growth.”
While some of the homecoming week activities are limited to current students, teachers and staff, community members are encouraged to participate in several events and activities.
A pep rally is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Bennett Field at the south campus, 4900 Willow Springs Road, Western Springs. The pep rally leads into a varsity soccer game against Reavis at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, campus tours for alumni are scheduled for 9 a.m. at the north campus, with participants asked to meet at the Bell Tower; and at 11 a.m. at the south campus, starting in Times Square. An alumni reception is being held at noon at the Corral, 4940 S. Willow Springs Road.
Homecoming football games Saturday against York start at 9 a.m. with the freshmen, followed by the sophomores at 11:15 a.m. and varsity at 1:30 p.m. All games will be played on Bennett Field.
The LT Booster Club will sell food, spirit wear and novelty items throughout Saturday at the concession stand.
As part of homecoming week, The LT student council is seeking assistance from the community.
The Student Council voted this year to support Light for Children’s efforts to build a community education center in the Ashanti region of Ghana, West Africa.
The primary goal is to raise $12,000 necessary to open the community education center in 2013. However, the Student Council is hoping to raise a total of $50,000.
Anyone interested in donating to the cause or learning more about the fundraising effort should contact Geddeis at (708) 579-7444 or at email@example.com.