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ISD 181 Viewpoint: Homecoming 2017 - A Community Celebration for All

In case the forecasted balmy temperatures this weekend are causing confusion, autumn is indeed upon us. If the big yellow school buses and school children in backpacks haven't convinced you of this, the upcoming Brainerd homecoming festivities will put you in the mood for crisp air, sweaters and football.

In this town homecoming isn't just for students and alumni; it's not even just one day. Our homecoming is a week-long, community-wide celebration of our town, our team and our time that begins on Monday, Sept. 25.

All the typical homecoming events will happen throughout the week. The king, queen and royal court will be crowned at a pepfest on Monday at Brainerd High School at 10 a.m. Our varsity athletes will play their homecoming games throughout the week, including the football game on Saturday at 2 p.m. where our team plans to "Ax the Jacks." Students in grades nine through 12 will have their dance on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Brainerd High School.

The fun doesn't end there! There will also be activities throughout the week for everyone. Our United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties is hosting the Small Business Blitz on Tuesday to harness the power of each of us to help meet the needs in our community. Contact them if your business wants to participate for a chance to win a $1,800 marketing prize pack.

On Wednesday, there will be a B.A.Y. Youth Rally featuring Michael Eberhardt and the Campfire Mocha Blend Band and Steve Nylin at 6:45 p.m. in Tornstrom Auditorium. A free will offering will be taken at the door.

Crossing Arts Alliance will be hosting a Grand Opening Gala and 8x8 fundraiser in their new space in downtown Brainerd beginning at 5pm on Thursday.

On Friday, Brainerd Public Schools Foundation will hold a celebration for the two notable alumni being inducted into the Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame at 5:30 p.m. at Grandview Lodge's Norway Center. The public is welcome to attend; tickets can be purchased by calling 218-454-6921. Later that evening, area restaurants will host gatherings for members of each decade's graduating classes.

Saturday will be a day full of festivities kicking off at 8:15 a.m. at Kiwanis Park with the Warrior Homecoming 5K and 10k runs/walks hosted by the Brainerd Public Schools Foundation, Warrior Nordic Ski Team and Karma Race Management. New this year is the whole family 1k fun run beginning at 9:15am on the track at Don Adamson field. Register at

The parade, organized by Community Action, starting on 5th and Laurel in downtown Brainerd will begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at the football field just off College Street. Between the parade and the Tackle Cancer football game against the Bemidji Lumberjacks, we're working with BlackRidge Bank to provide some fun activities for kids in addition to watching the BYAA football games on the field at noon on the field. Pack your seat cushion and plan to spend the day with us!

More details on all of these fantastic events can be found at and on the posters around town done by Lakes Printing. We at Brainerd Public Schools welcome you and your family to join the whole community in celebrating our hometown.

Cori Reynolds is Brainerd Public Schools director of Community Education and Jessica Gangl is executive director of Brainerd Public Schools Foundation