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North Forest ISD lets its Pride Shine

Dozens of parents and community members lined Homestead on Saturday, Nov. 10 to catch a glimpse of pride as North Forest ISD celebrated Pride Week 2007 with a myriad of events. The week was highlighted by the district parade, which included school and community participants.
NFISD Interim Superintendent of Schools William Jones said he was excited by the showing. “Pride Week served as proof of the support the people of North Forest have for this community and this district,” he said. Each of the district’s campuses participated in the event with dancers, cheerleaders, drum corps, majorettes, campus kings and queens and much more. A Battle of the Bands was also held on Nov. 10, featuring NFISD bands.
During the week leading up to the parade and Battle of the Bands, there were other Pride events, including essay and poster contests for students, a Student Exchange Day and pep rallies to celebrate the week. One of the livelier campus activities took place at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, where the Lions held a Pride Week pep rally, featuring the school’s cheerleading squad. At Fonwood Elementary, cheerleaders, dancers and the drum corp staged a parade in the school hallways for their classmates during Pride Week.
Students at the elementary and middle schools took part in Student Exchange Day during the week, with some playing host to students visiting from other campuses. A committee led by NFISD’s Fine Arts Instructional Coordinator Toni Dunn organized Pride Week Events.
The Pride Bowl between M.B. Smiley and Forest Brook High Schools also drew a crowd, with Smiley’s Golden Eagles besting their sister school and advancing to 21-4A playoff action. An overall record of 8-2 and district record of 6-1 earned the Eagles the co-championship title for their division.