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Friendship homecoming parade floats focus on giving

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 26, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Floats from each grade level at Friendship Christian School, featured in the Oct. 21 homecoming parade, all had a theme of giving.

Seniors constructed a ship-shaped, structurally sound playset. The two-level ship comes complete with a fabric sail, a pole from one floor to the other and a gangplank. The seniors are currently communicating with local organizations to find a home for the playset.

The junior class constructed “Whip the Panthers,” referring to the Portland Panthers, Friendship’s football opponent on homecoming, featuring the Temple of Doom with Indiana Jones and the helpless panther he is whipping into shape.

The float featured more than 200 bags of cat and dog food, which was donated to New Leash on Life, a local no-kill animal shelter in Lebanon.

Sophomores used the theme “Send the Panthers Packing,” by making a mountain and kayaking expedition.

They donated gently used backpacks filled with nonperishable food items that could be used without heating or can openers. Sophomores filled 75 backpacks with food and hats, gloves and socks for the homeless children of Nashville that worship and visit Green Street Ministries in Nashville.

The freshman, in remembrance of Ken Yates, built a backyard beehive as the center of their homecoming float. It will either be donated to a family in Sneedville to run as a micro-business or kept on campus as an educational resource for FCS students in the STEM program.

The parade began at First Baptist Church and went through the downtown roundabout to West Main Street and ended at the school.

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