by Taylor Rosetti
Coming into Palumbo a lot of people have the same question, when is homecoming? Explaining that we don't have a homecoming dance can be a let down, but not many others can say they have enjoyed what we have come to call the fall feast. We celebrate this event as a school family to ensure everyone gets a Thanksgiving no matter what their home situation is.
The prep leading up to the event is complete and total chaos. There are over flowing rooms filled with food and carts running back and forth loaded with food that needs to be heated up. It is amazing to witness because no matter what, it's done on time. And everyone wants to help. There are parents frantically running in food that their children forgot. Members of the home and school are searching for tables. National Honor Society is doing their best to stay calm while preparing to serve the masses.
There are alumni coming and going all day. You need to talk to a teacher the day of fall feast? Good luck. It is almost impossible to find a teacher that is not talking to one of their former students. One of the best parts of the day is seeing some friends that have graduated. It also just shows how much of a family Palumbo really is. That no matter where you go in life, you can always go back and have someone that wants to hear your stories and cares about what you're doing. More and more people come back every years, and it seems like the fall feast just gets better every year. Teachers are also running around too to ensure everyone has a great day. There are teachers manning the doors to avoid chaos, and circling the cafeteria to keep the peace, as well as helping to prepare food.
It's fitting that Palumbo doesn't have a homecoming dance, yet anyway. The last school year, 2014-2015, was the first year Palumbo had their own football team. It brought a new sense of unity. Our first homecoming pep rally was a success, the entire auditorium was a sea of black and teal. Our football team isn't the best, but we love them. It's more than just the boys on the team, the team gives everyone in the school a new sense of pride.
Counsellor Ms. Donnelly was quoted saying “it’s a great day, I love it, but I spent the day chopping up 20 freaking chickens, and poor Ms. Prey was on microwave duty.” The day is difficult and a lot of work, but it is enjoyed by so many. Ms. Prey said one word she would use to describe the day is family, and it was her first fall feast with us. She said even though it was chaotic And she was working most of the day she really enjoyed herself. The fall feast sets Palumbo apart. It's a day to enjoy our school family and the true diversity of our school.