Celebrating TNT (100 years of tradition)
So many people in the community, and people from other communities, look forward to celebrating this weekend with their peers, their families and old friends.
Itís quite the site to see.
With all the things that high school students are faces with these days, ranging from bullying to mandatary testing, itís great to see that school spirit is still a priority.
Obviously getting an education is the most important part of attending school, but being able to celebrate the school you attend and show your pride for it is a wonderful opportunity given to the students.
TNT weekend marks the moment that cheer is spread throughout the community in hopes of beating the opposing football team.
Both North Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda have taken part in the 100-year-old tradition of -The Burning of the Jinx.
For those of you who do not know about this tradition, the Jinx is dressed in the opposing teams jersey and then lit on fire. This is done to symbolize a WIN for that school at the football game the following night.
Although the tradition may seem a bit morbid, itís a community wide event that hundreds of people show up to.
Homecoming weekend and the traditions attached to each schools different celebrations is part of what keeps a community alive.
Wearing your gloves, hates and old sweatshirts to a Hometown football game, while drinking hot chocolate on a Saturday morning, cheering at the top of your lungs during a Friday night game under the lights, and a weekend of celebrating school pride is what keeps Alumni returning year after year.
I support these traditions and appreciate the fact that they are still in effect so many years after they started.
Hopefully those who are celebrating these traditions today will be able to bring their children and grandchildren to the same celebration later in life.