DHS, LTMS join in homecoming spirit
In an effort to gain more community involvement, Friday afternoon's De Soto High School homecoming events will include Lexington Trails Middle School.
De Soto High School Associate Principal Tony Colllins said Friday's homecoming events will start with a parade at 1:45 p.m. The parade route will be different this year, staying mostly on district property. It will start at the high school, loop through the adjacent district administration building parking lot, return to the high school, and then move on to the stadium for a 2:15 p.m. community pep rally.
The route would allow students at Lexington Trails Middle School to fully participate in the festivities and, in part, eliminate the long march downtown, Collins said.
"We really think this will build more community involvement," he said. "We look at all the secondary kids sixth through 12 as one community. We think by doing this we can get more parents involved.
"The pep rally is free to the public, and we encourage all alumni and community members to attend."
Bands, cheerleaders and dance teams from both school will perform at the pep rally, Collins said.
Those unable to attend the afternoon parade will be able to view the floats at the stadium during the Wildcats' football game against Anderson County, Collins said.
"We'll be about to that because they will already be in the stadium," he said. "We've never done that before."
All alumni attending the game will be recognized, Collins said.