Along with the usual traditions of crowning a homecoming king and queen, students at Western Wayne are focusing on giving back to others this week as a part of their homecoming celebration. Students, faculty, and administration kindly ask spectators for the Friday, September 29 game to bring items to donate to hurricane victims to aide in their effort to “Stuff the Truck!” Spectators who donate will receive free admission to the game (One ticket per person).

EverGreen Elementary School Principal Justin Pidgeon credits fifth grader Austin Kenyon for this wonderful idea.  The public may also drop off items for the drive at the offices of the EverGreen Elementary School and the Western Wayne Middle and High Schools.  Suggested items include nonperishable food, water, paper products, cleaning supplies, school supplies, and baby items such as diapers and formula.  The drive will run through October 13.

Mike Biondi; owner of Team Biondi LLC, Lake Ariel; has donated a truck to be used to hold all of the goods and will then transport it to where it needs to go to help those in need at the conclusion of the drive.

Students in all of Western Wayne’s buildings feel excited about helping others through this drive and cannot wait to continue their efforts to “Stuff the Truck!” at the Homecoming Game.

High School students in National Honor Society will work at the game to collect donations. Senior National Honor Society member Kirstin Metschulat, member of the Homecoming Court, believes those who donate will also benefit from acting kindly towards others.

“When you do a good deed, you also make yourself feel good,” Kirstin, who plans to major in nursing, explained. “This is the perfect opportunity to help out those who need it the most right now.”

Western Wayne students have more than one opportunity to give back to others during Homecoming week since students, faculty, and staff in all buildings at the district are collecting canned goods to donate to local food banks and churches. This is a yearly tradition.

Students in the High School and Middle School also had a chance to spread their feeling of Western Wayne pride to students in the district’s elementary schools for the Homecoming season.

The Western Wayne Pride Committee run by teachers and administration gathered a group of eager high school and middle school students to paint rocks to hide throughout the community for Western Wayne elementary students to find this week in the spirit of homecoming.  Elementary students who find the uniquely creative rocks will then have their pictures taken and posted on the Western Wayne Website. 

High School student leaders also visited the elementary schools this week to visit with the younger students and get them excited for Friday’s game which begins at 7 p.m. with the presentation of the Homecoming Court about a half hour before kick-off.

Senior Katelin Dennis, member of the Homecoming Court, was excited to visit the younger students and hopes she may have inspired a few to join band in high school through sharing stories about her position as one of this year’s drum majors for the Western Wayne Marching Band.

“A lot of kids look up to me when we perform,” Katelin, who wishes to study equine science and wants to work with special needs children through a career in facilitated therapeutics, said. “I hope some of them will feel inspired to carry on the Western Wayne tradition of excellence in music one day.”

Katelin is one of ten students voted by her peers to be on the Homecoming Court this year. The members include Dominic Corma, Abigail Zeiler, Kaitlyn Juhasz, Marty Spewak, Cole Fuller, Lilli Millon, Ryan Cavage, Kirstin Metschulat, Nick Koch, and Katelin.

All students chosen for the court feel proud their peers recognized them.

“It’s an honor to be chosen for this,” Senior National Honor Society member Dominic Corma, who plans to major in electrical and computer engineering, said. “You feel your peers notice you and appreciate you for who are.”

The Wildcats also will show their appreciation for the members of the 1987 Football Team at the Homecoming Game beginning at 6 p.m.

This team was the first in Western Wayne History to earn a playoff appearance, a historical game now simply known as “The Ice Bowl.”

The Western Wayne School District encourages the public to attend this special game and join in their efforts to give to others, honor seniors on the Homecoming Court, and specially recognize members of the1987 Football Team along with cheering on this year’s Wildcat Varsity Football Team as they play Honesdale.