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Fort Worth school starts a new homecoming tradition, and it’s making everyone smile

SLIDESHOW: Texas High school students give mums to special needs classmates

Students decorate elaborate floral pins that they show off during Homecoming. At Southwest High School, the student council started making mums that they give to classmates in the special education program.
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Students decorate elaborate floral pins that they show off during Homecoming. At Southwest High School, the student council started making mums that they give to classmates in the special education program.

It’s Homecoming 2018 season complete with football, crowns and mums.

Yes, mums. Big, colorful flowers that students pin to their clothes to celebrate HOCO Texas-style.

“It is just huge in Texas,” said Michele Riley, the student council adviser at Fort Worth’s Southwest High School.

Riley, who is originally from Louisiana, said, “We didn’t have mums that big.”

Riley said Southwest High School decided to use the tradition to make a new tradition — students give mums students in special needs classes to include them in the yearly homecoming festivities.

This year marked the second time the student council made mums and delivered them to special-needs students. The student council re-purposed mums from last year to make 25 new ones that were delivered last week.

“We ask for old mums to be donated,” Riley said. “We took them apart and recreated them for the students.”

Riley said the student council used donated mums donated to recreate new ones to give away. It took students about three weeks to make the new mums. She said the idea was to make sure all students at Southwest feel like they are part of HOCO.

Senior students received mums that were white and silver while juniors and underclassmen received mums that were red and blue, Riley said. The mum delivery was captured on Facebook.

“They get to keep them,” Riley said, adding that students wore them all day.

“We wanted to make sure they felt included in something that is so important for the rest the campus,” Riley said, adding: “Our special needs students needed to be part of the homecoming tradition.”



Riley said that later two student council members who delivered mums, Richard Smith and Stephanie Campos, found out they were selected king and queen for Homecoming 2018.

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