Falling leaves and falling temperatures spell homecoming at Reynoldsburg's high school academies.
The schools are all celebrating homecoming with spirit activities this week that include throwing off the Raiderwear and coming to school in college T-shirts, camouflage or clothes from the neon-bright 1990s.
Administrative intern Jaclyn Angle said each of the Academies may tweak dress-up days however they wish, but at e-STEM and Encore academies, Monday was college T-shirt day; Tuesday was '80s day; Wednesday was camouflage day; Thursday is neon '90s and Friday is Raiderwear with jeans, if students pay $1 to participate.
"All proceeds go to Raiderthon, a fundraiser we are participating in this year to raise money for childhood cancer," she said.
A pep assembly was set to take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, followed by a bonfire at 8 p.m. at the Livingston football stadium, 6699 E. Livingston Ave.
The homecoming dance theme is "Neon Nights" and will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Livingston High School field house.
Tickets are $8.
Angle said the homecoming theme was chosen by a group of seniors.
"This particular theme helps celebrate our uniqueness as we are in various academies, but also helps bridge us together as an entire school community," she said. "It is a great theme because it can be carried out throughout the game and dance. We are using a neon balloon theme to decorate."
The eSTEM Academy logistics capstone class implemented the voting procedure for the homecoming court.
"They used Googledocs to collect and tally votes," Angle said. "They also planned and implemented an advertising strategy for all events and are helping to clean the Livingston campus on Friday, Sept. 28, with other students from all the academies."
She said each of the four academies will have representation on the homecoming court.
"The homecoming queen and king will be announced right before the football game on Friday night," she said.
Seniors nominated for homecoming king and queen include: Yomonie Jenkins and Grant Coleman; Brandi Williams and Jeff Jones; Milan McMullen and Josh Edwards; Jackie Kirk and Mykel Traylor Bennett; Paige Lovensheimer and Kai Kellum.
Freshman homecoming attendants are Brittany Glass and Zach Greenwald; sophomore attendants are Abbey Dye and Christian Eubanks and junior attendants are Onjalee Phomtharath and Soloman Grace.