Students choose to focus Homecoming on service, not popularity
They were the first students of William Penn Senior High School’s new Freshman Academy, and now the Class of 2019 is the first to prioritize community service over popularity in its Homecoming festivities.
This summer, class advisers Edalmira Rivera and Kiersten Cunningham pitched an idea to their class officers: What if we made Homecoming a fundraising contest rather than a popularity contest?
They expected push-back, “But the class officers were like ‘Yes!'” Ms. Rivera said.
At the Homecoming football game on Oct. 12, the community saw tradition meet innovation when the top fundraisers of the senior class — Diontae Wilson and Jacqueline Vargas — were named Homecoming King and Queen. Four other girls and three boys were also recognized as part of the Homecoming Court.
Together, the students raised $1,200. The Class of 2019 decided to donate $450 of the proceeds to PINK Partners York, which is an organization that helps people battling breast cancer. The rest of the money will help offset the cost of prom tickets for the Class of 2019.
“This is the culture that we want in our schools,” Ms. Rivera said. “I’m very proud of them.”