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LHU, KCSD join forces for homecoming parade through downtown Lock Haven

Homecoming Special

CHRIS MORELLI/THE EXPRESS Keystone Central School District superintendent Jacquelyn Martin and Lock Haven University president Robert Pignatello have joined forces for this year’s homecoming parade.

From Staff Reports

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven University, Central Mountain High School and Bucktail Area High School are joining forces.

The three entities have come together for a homecoming collaboration.

This year, they have all decided to partake in a homecoming parade on Main Street in Lock Haven. This parade will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26. All sports, clubs and other extra curricular activities from the schools are encouraged to participate in the parade, as many alumni will be in attendance.

After the parade is over, a pep rally will take place in the gymnasium of the old Lock Haven High School building for Central Mountain High School and Bucktail Area High School students. This rally will include games, food, music and company as they celebrate what homecoming means to them.

Rotary-Interact Club Advisor, Michael Kramer decided to take part in this parade to show the club’s “True Blue” school spirit. In doing so he hopes to promote the Rotary-Interact Club’s slogan, “Service Above Self” with the student body and with the community. He shares that it’s a perfect opportunity for uniting the club members as they design their float and take part in such a wonderful event.

According to Dr. Robert Pignatello, president of Lock Haven University, the idea to partner with the Keystone Central School District seemed like a no-brainer.

“We are excited to partner with the Keystone Central School District on this new opportunity for a fun community event,” Pignatello said in a release. “We look forward to welcoming alumni back and strengthening the relationship between us and the school district, which will benefit the community.”

Keystone Central School District superintendent Jacquelyn Martin said that she is excited for the festivities.

“As an alum of Keystone Central (Sugar Valley ’86) and Lock Haven University, I am excited that we are kicking off our homecoming weekend together with a parade. President Pignatello and I believe that this event will amplify the importance of celebrating our schools and encourage alumni to support our current students. On my first day in the district, Keystone Central students shared with me that they would like more support from the community at their events,” Martin said in a release.

Martin has high hopes for the parade.

“It is my hope that this event will promote positive energy and encourage more folks to come out and support our teams and activities,” she said.

Pignatello and Martin will lead the parade together.

The parade is a partnership between LHU and KCSD and will start at 6 p.m. on Henderson Street and go through Main Street, taking a right at the post office and continue to Nanobites at East Campus. KCSD will end there and hold a pep rally and LHU participants will continue on to meet up to start their golf cart parade. The LHU band, cheerleaders, two trolleys, LHU police truck, LHU Athletics van and a float will be in the downtown parade.