James Clemens High School gives back through homecoming activities

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MADISON, Ala. - It's all about giving back to the community, that has once been giving to you. That's the mindset at James Clemens High School.

One of the best times of high school years is homecoming!

James Clemens is preparing to take on Buckhorn, but first comes the homecoming parade. Each year, the school takes a different approach to the traditional homecoming floats.

"We are drowning the Bucks, the freshmen are collecting water bottles and we are taming the Bucks, sophomores are collecting hygiene items, and we are wiping the field with the Bucks, the juniors are collecting paper goods and we are bucking the Bucks, and seniors are collecting money and all of those items are going to the Downtown Rescue Mission," said Melanie Turner, SGA Sponsor.

But they're not the only ones.

Student organizations on campus are also taking part collecting items for other non-profits like The Salvation Army and Manna House.

Each class picks an item to give back to charity, but it wouldn't be without a little healthy competition. That's where the floats come in!

"About four years ago, we went to another school's homecoming and they had amazingly beautiful floats and we said, ya know 'We're James Clemens, we can do that!' said Turner.

Thinking about the money and time involved, they chose to put their time and money into another purpose -- giving back.

"No matter how good our float looks, it's really for the charity, it's really for the people in need," said freshman class president, Olivia Blanton.

Through this process, along with helping the community, Olivia says she's made more friendships than she anticipated.

"Not only do I connect with freshmen, because you know, when you're a freshman you're told to stay in your lane... but you get to connect to upperclassmen, you get opportunities you thought you never could have," said Blanton.