Time to build new traditions?

By Chuck Kajer, Managing Editor

Homecoming is supposed to be a time for celebration, for building a sense of school spirit, and for members of the student body to come together as a new school year begins.

In recent years, that hasn't always been the case in New Prague.

On Monday evening school administration and the New Prague Area School Board discussed the annual Powder Puff football game, a flag football game between girls from the junior and senior classes that has been a part of the Homecoming tradition at New Prague High School for the past 30 years. Principal Tom Doig related how the event has become too rough, how students are intimidated and bullied, and how that intimidation has carried over into the community, with vandalism to students' cars and even homes.

Officially, the school has not sponsored the event for the past several years, with the Senior Send-off committee sponsoring the event and using it as a fundraiser. Still, the event is held on school grounds and that means the district could be held liable in case of a serious injury, another cause for concern.

When the school administration tried to discontinue the game several years ago, many parents came to the defense of their children and the tradition of powder puff football. It now appears the school board will take action at its February 28 meeting to not allow the game on school property.

Perhaps this is a good time to create some new traditions... Traditions that don't divide the student body or condone bullying and vandalism. Staff and students at the school need to work together to find an alternative that will unite the school and have everyone working to build student spirit.

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