Some may return after graduation, reliving memories of yesteryear, and others may never return at all. But for one Hicksville resident, homecoming has become a deep-rooted tradition.
“I’ve probably been to close to 40 to 50 homecomings,” explained lifelong Hicksville resident and Nassau County Legis. Rose Marie Walker. “And I will continue to keep coming back.”
This year marked the 25th annual Homecoming Fair, founded at a time of financial crisis for the district and the threat of school closings.
“The community was in a bit of a tug-o-war. We became disconnected,” Walker said. “The fair was a way to bring the community back together and bring us back to one.”
Hicksville’s homecoming was just that, a community of unity. Students, parents and local residents attended the fair, sporting Hicksville High School apparel in the school’s colors, orange and black.
For Walker, the fair is a vital part of homecoming day.
“It isn’t just the football game, it’s the whole day experience,” she said, smiling. “It’s great. This is what it’s about. This is home and home is always special. It’s family.”