This years Round Lake Homecoming Parade was held on Saturday, October 19th. Participants began lining up on Hawthorne Drive just east of Cedar Lake Road around 8:00 AM for the 9:00 parade. They were joined by multiple units from the Round Lake area fire and police departments. The weather was a bit brisk with temperatures in the upper 40’s, however I was told that they have had even colder weather at some of their previous parades (which is why you see so many people bundled up). One group that felt right at home in front of a fireplace was the District 116 School Board with some riding through the parade sitting on a couch in the back of a pickup truck.
This years Homecoming King and Queen were two wonderful young adults from the special needs classes. I asked how all this came about and their teachers, Lisa Zachwieja and Sue Lomo (Educational Life Skills Teachers),
sent me the following information which I will share here:
Lourdes “Lulu” Reyes and Devonaire Dailey were nominated for Homecoming King and Queen by their peer tutors from the Girls Volleyball team and Integrated PE class ( a PE class which includes both students with special needs and general education students). It was a complete surprise to be nominated. they hadn’t expected it at all.
Their teachers went on to say this about each of the students:
Lulu has always been a favorite student of all her peers. Ever since freshman year, she’s been adored by everyone who has gotten to know her, students and staff alike. Her sweet, but quiet disposition certainly played a role in her peers’ decision to nominate her. When Lulu walks through the halls of the High School, countless people stop to says hello. The students of Round Lake High school are an amazingly supportive group of kids.
Devonaire was also completely surprised by the nomination. He is extremely social and loves to chat with his friends from class, peer helpers and staff members. . He’s a very positive role model for his classroom peers, always reminding them of the rules. He”s even been know to keep staff members in line now and then. He’s a hard worker and takes his responsibilities very seriously. Again, the students of Round Lake High school are an amazingly supportive group of kids to have nominated and voted for both of them as king and queen.
Before the parade started I had a chance to meet both of them, along with both of their Mom’s. Below is a photo of them getting some “high-fives” just before the parade kicked off. CONGRATULATIONS to both of you!