For the past four or five years, during homecoming week, Helias has a bonfire that takes place. This year the bonfire will take place on Thursday, Oct. 16. It will take place immediately following the parade around 8:10 p.m. on the infield on the baseball practice field. One Helias student that is involved in getting things ready for the bonfire is junior, Molly Light.
“I am very excited to see how it goes,” Light said. “I think everyone will enjoy it and it will be a great kickoff to an exciting homecoming weekend.”
The person in charge of planning the bonfire is teacher Chip Malmstrom.
“I enjoy the bonfire,” said Malmstrom. “I have a building plan that I stick to so we are gathering the supplies to build the frame.”
There are several students that come to see the bonfire every year. Some come to see friends, while others come just to be involved and have fun.
“I think the excitement of the start of homecoming weekend attracts everyone,” Light said. “So many people come and it just builds school spirit. That’s why I love helping with it.”
There are many boxes that are used in the burning of the bonfire. One might think, “Where do they get all of the boxes from?”
“There are hundreds of boxes used for the bonfire,” Light said. “We get them mostly from stores around town like: Lowes, Sears, Menards, and Old Navy.”
There are many activities that go into having a successful homecoming week, and the bonfire is one of them.
“I think it is very important. Everyone is together celebrating our school pride and excitement for the weekend to come,” Light said. “It’s a great start to homecoming weekend.”