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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon


Back to school soon



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August 07, 2013 - I know many may not feel the same I do when I see the boxes of school supplies taking over stores.

Sorry to the students since it is a grim reminder school is only a few weeks away.

It's thrilling to me. I get warm with excitement. The spiral notebooks, blue pens, pencils and Sharpie markers. I like school supplies. I even get a little thrill to stock up for my niece and nephews. (They would need more crayons, right? They need folders with superheroes on it, right?

But it is a thrill because a new school year is right around the corner.

In less than two weeks, the football teams will start their first practice to prepare for a new season on Aug. 12. A few days later practice will begin for the other fall sports, Aug. 14.

The teams will count down the days to their first competition. By the way, varsity football opens the season at Rochester Adams on Aug. 30 as the freshman and JV teams have their home opener.

It's hard to really say what my favorite part of the fall season is or when is my favorite part.

I enjoy the pre-season events before the season when the football teams give back to the community.

This year marks the fifth year for Football for a Cure, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.. The boys trade in their traditional blue and gold for baby blue and light pink in their pre-season scrimmage while raising money for McLaren Breast Cancer and McLaren Cancer Institute - Clarkston.

The following week the football program heads out to the neighborhoods to collect food for Lighthouse Emergency Services off of Sashabaw Road, Aug. 23.

It is truly amazing to watch every year as the JV and varsity players drive to the neighborhoods and fill up their vehicles with all the generous donations from the community.

Then, following the bags to Lighthouse where the freshman players unload all the vehicles, sort the food and put the donations away.

Over 6,400 pounds of food was donated last year - the most to date for the football program. What do you say we help them hit 6,400 and above this year? When you are out shopping just pick up an extra can or two or three or five. Let's fill those shelves!

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