The Fridley 2022 homecoming week was celebrated across the entire Fridley Public Schools district during the week of Oct. 7-14. While each school participated in their own way, the excitement could be felt districtwide!
The week started out with a sold-out high school homecoming dance on Oct. 7 in the Fridley High School cafeteria. After a hiatus of several years, more than 350 students dressed up to attend the dance. Fridley High School students also enjoyed a senior girls powder puff game midweek and the traditional classroom door decorating contest. Throughout the week each school in the district had spirit days for students and staff to dress up. The days varied from comfy day, to sports day to class color day.
Friday was the culmination of the week with the sixth annual Color Run at Hayes Elementary, the Stevenson Fun Run and the FHS Homecoming pepfest.
Hayes’ sixth annual Color Run raised more than $11,000 and students were able to participate in various ways depending on the amount of money they raised. Students earned color run t-shirts, color packs, and entrance to the color run party. Funds raised will support Hayes with technology, classroom items, a new STEAM lab, field trips and more! Top fundraisers earned prizes such as breakfast with the principal and Jack the giraffe, and a class popcorn party.
The Stevenson Fun Run raised around $10,000 and students ran a total of 5,100 laps! Students collected donations and every student received a t-shirt to run in. Money raised will go directly back to our students through our PTO so families are never charged for a field trip. Additional funds are available by teacher request and for annually budgeted events like our fourth-grade celebration and Springbrook Nature Center programming.
The FHS Homecoming pepfest returned to the gym after COVID-19 regulations had moved it outside the last two years. In an effort to give middle school students a preview of high school, eighth grade students from Fridley Middle School were invited to participate in the FHS pepfest. The pepfest included a performance by the FHS band and FHS cheerleaders, a variety of games and the crowning of the homecoming royalty. The homecoming royalty were freshman Nex Nguyen and Lorenzo Hampton; sophomores Thi Nguyen and Cheyanne Sysavat; juniors Josiah Kozicky and Isabelle Simon; and seniors Anna LaFrenierre, Khaliifo Aden, Boomer Xiong, Camilla Faz, Jose Juarez Aldave and Amay Ruiz Barrios.