Bonfire, car smash to celebrate homecoming, help hurricane victims

Bonfire, car smash to celebrate homecoming, help hurricane victims

Saly Seye

Seniors Dalton Nunamaker and Caroline Stevens take a break from their "sightseeing" on the first day of homecoming's "road trip" theme.
Seniors Dalton Nunamaker and Caroline Stevens take a break from their “sightseeing” on the first day of homecoming’s “road trip” theme. Today students will wear beach attire as the second day’s theme. Also, homecoming candidates and their escorts will be involved in lunch activities during “A” lunch today. Photo by Maya Bell
Tonight the sounds of shattering glass and blaring music will fill the parking lot. With plenty of flyers advertising music, free s’mores and food trucks, Student Council members hope this bonfire-car-smash raises money for disaster relief as well as promoting homecoming week.
Through the month of September, devastating hurricanes rocked the southern United States. By charging $2 for the opportunity to smash an old vehicle, StuCo will send monetary aid to the affected states. At the heart of this event is a small committee of dedicated students.
“It didn’t take too long to come up with the idea, but the planning process [did,]” senior Caroline Stevens, a member of the committee.
As they planned, committee members faced obstacles, such as getting administration to agree to a fire on school grounds, having the fire department approve the fire and securing safety equipment like a fire hose. They were additionally tasked with finding a car to smash.
“I think we were having a meeting and Ms. [Stephanie] Harman happened to walk by and said she had an old car that didn’t work anymore,” Stevens said. “So it all worked out really well because she was more than willing to donate it.”
Freshman StuCo member Adrienne Smith said they thought a bonfire would be good because it would attract a number of students. Freshman Allie Noble, who is going to this event, which runs from 7-9 p.m. agrees. She believes it is an opportunity to get settled in at a new school.
“I’m excited to hopefully meet some new people and have fun, get some pictures and make memories,” she said.
The social aspect of this event is largely what entices most students.
“The most exciting thing is probably watching a bunch of kids smash a car for fun,” junior Madi Castilow said; however, other students cite time as a reason for not attending.
“I might [go] since it’s right after [cheer] practice but I also have tons of AP homework,” sophomore Jordan Kuhnert said. “So we’ll see.”
Still, Castilow says the lure of the event will probably drive her to make time to attend.
“I’m gonna try to go,” she said, “if I don’t have my musical rehearsals late.”