A full week of free family activities benefitting the Neenah High School Orbit will highlight the Neenah Joint School District Homecoming Week set for Oct. 10-14.
Created in 2014, the Orbit is a closet full of essential goods to help Neenah High School students and families in need. Students are identified by school counselors and then accompanied to the closet to get items. The closet is filled with personal hygiene items, school supplies and a limited amount of non-perishable food items. Click here for more information about the Orbit.
Besides the varsity football game, all events during the week are free to attend. Donation buckets will be passed with all money raised being donated to the Orbit. This is the fourth straight year that Neenah’s homecoming activities have benefitted a worthy cause.
The week begins on Mon., Oct. 10 with a family drive-in movie in the main parking lot in front of the high school at 7 p.m. The movie will be “Toy Story” and will be shown on the side of Pickard Auditorium. In addition to monetary donations canned goods will also be accepted at the movie.
A Parent’s Night Out event is slated for Thurs., Oct. 13 from 4:30-7 p.m. Children from grades kindergarten through fifth grade may be dropped off at the high school. Varsity athletics teams along with other student groups and members of the Neenah/Menasha fire department will lead the children in a fun night of games and activities while parents enjoy a night away.
The annual homecoming parade is set for Fri., Oct. 14 beginning at 5 p.m. at City Pool on Park Ave. The parade will head west on Wisconsin Ave. to Church St. An indoor alumni tailgate party will follow at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby near the Neenah High School cafeteria with food and beverages for sale. The annual homecoming football game kicks off at 7 p.m. against Oshkosh West. The marching band will perform in the parade and at halftime of the game.
Other events during the week include a “Fifth Quarter” event on Tues., Oct. 11 for Neenah High School students at the Memorial Park pavilion off Apple Blossom Drive from 6:30-9 p.m. The event is sponsored by National Honor Society and will feature a luau/Hawaiian theme. On Wed., Oct. 12, female students and staff members take the football field in the annual PowderPuff football game at 6 p.m. in Rocket Stadium.
Throughout the year, the Orbit welcomes monetary donations that are tax deductible and establishes partnerships with local businesses. Individuals or businesses are invited to check the list of needs on the website and drop their donations, marked “Orbit” at the high school main Door #3.