Shaler Area Homecoming offers full-day of activities -

Shaler Area Homecoming offers full-day of activities

Sunday, September 15, 2019 | 12:01 AM

The Shaler Area School District is inviting guests on a “world tour” — no passport necessary — during its Sept. 21 homecoming festivities.

A student-run homecoming committee developed the theme over the summer, according to Mindy Thiel, activities director and social studies teacher.

“This theme, given its broad nature, would allow for all of our student groups to ‘travel’ the world and take the Shaler Area Community on an adventure,” she said.

A parade will kick off the day at 10:30 a.m., traveling from St. Bonaventure Parish, 2001 Mt. Royal Blvd., to the district’s Central Office Administration Building.

Thiel said that students have constructed floats for each Shaler Area High School class, as well as one for the performing arts department, with the following sub-themes: Japan, Brazil, Italy, China and Great Britain.

“Over the summer, they are permitted to make the ‘flowers’ that make the skirts of each float by using napkins and wire,” she said.

Leading up to homecoming, the students are allotted one week in the district’s buildings and grounds department to build the remainder of their floats, Bethany Baker, district communications specialist, said.

Community members and retired teachers will award a “best float” title during homecoming, Thiel said.

A banner competition, for lower grade levels, exists with categories regarding best expression of the “world tour” theme, best use of color, materials and identification.

“This year we will have five floats, but in the future, we hope to have the middle school build one as well, to get more students involved in the festivities,” Thiel said.

Furthermore, dance studios, athletic and historic automobile clubs, scouts and volunteer fire departments will participate in the parade.

Shaler Area School District booster groups will sell food and clothing during a picnic at noon on the Central Office Administration Building lawn and in the adjacent Shaler North Hills Library parking lot. Children will find a petting zoo, pony rides and bounce houses.

The Titan football team will play the Franklin Regional Panthers at 1:30 p.m. at Shaler Area Titan Stadium. Officials will announce the homecoming court and winning parade float and banners during the pregame.

The students who are designing homecoming floats also are painting the high-school cafeteria windows to adhere to the “world tour” theme for that evening’s homecoming dance.

“Shaler Area Homecoming cannot be matched. It is a day to celebrate what makes Shaler Area special — our people. It is a day to bring the school district and the Shaler Area community together. It is a day to be with friends and family. It is a day to bring alumni back and have them remember their time at Shaler Area, all while eating delicious food and creating new memories,” Thiel said.

Parking is available at Kiwanis Park, 1 Meyer Road, Glenshaw, with shuttle buses running to Mt. Royal Boulevard, from 9:30 a.m. until after the football game.