Another September, another year without a Homecoming dance. To The Vanguard’s dismay, this fall hosted no Homecoming festivities for the second consecutive year—and school spirit suffered.
School dances are rites of passage for high school students. We’ve looked forward to these nights ever since attending Middle School mixes, binge watching High School Musical, and listening to prom stories from older siblings. These all-school events bring the community together in an atmosphere less serious than that of the classroom. Just like sports and clubs, they provide a valuable opportunity for student interaction among people of all grades, and in the fall especially, they help freshmen integrate into the larger student body after returning from Bivouac.
High school dances promote community building and school spirit, giving students a common experience and a topic to chat about in the absence of other connections. We should be encouraging these, as our school could use an elevated sense of togetherness. The alternative—a lack of school-organized events—can drive students to host more exclusive private parties in their free time, causing some to feel left out.
The Vanguard proposes the addition of two dances to the school year: a Homecoming dance during the fall and a semi-formal in the winter. This way, since juniors and seniors have prom in the spring, all students would have an exciting, school-wide event to anticipate and could expect a lively break from school work during at least two of their three seasons at 80 Gerry’s Landing.
Dances don’t have to be major productions. They can take place on the athletic center courts or in the Community Room and sidestep too-fancy attire with themes inspiring collaborative design efforts, like the Masquerave in 2014, or just plain messy fun, like the paint dance in 2012 or Foamcoming in 2013. Done right, these low-drama functions would provide stress relief instead of cause for worry!
All-school social events are a rarity at BB&N. Let’s organize more to unite the community and bring back school spirit.