The spirit of giving has officially become a part of homecoming traditions
for Chesterton High School.
New Chesterton Assistant Principal Robert Blumenthal said the themed
clubhouses will be repeated for a second year as CHS continues its “big
paradigm shift” from what used to be class bragging rights to helping others
and educating the community about specific causes.
“That has become our new focus for homecoming,” said Blumenthal. “We’re
trying to recreate the magic from last year.”
As before, each grade 9-12 will paint a design on their clubhouse based on
their charity of choice. The clubhouses will be put up for sale on eBay
starting on Friday after the parade and ending five days later with all
proceeds going to the charities, Blumenthal said.
Also taking part is the teaching staff at Chesterton Middle School. CHS
teachers participated last year and other schools will get a turn each
The clubhouses have been the construction projects for the CHS Building
Trades class who will complete them in time for painting to be finished
prior to the parade at 4 p.m. on Friday.
Each house costs approximately $600 to construct and is paid for by
Donating the paint for the houses is Hopkins ACE Hardware of Chesterton.
-- The senior class will raise funds and awareness for the Make a Wish
Foundation children’s charity with their clubhouse. Sponsoring the senior
class is Dr. Brain McGue, DDS.
-- The junior class has picked the United Service Organizations for its
charity. They are sponsored by Construction Advancement Foundation of
-- The sophomore class has chosen to help animals by raising funds and
awareness for the Humane Society. Their sponsor is Trout Glass and Mirror.
-- The freshman class will be raising funds to support wildlife charities by
directing their proceeds to the National Geographic Foundation. Metropolitan
Steel is their sponsor.
-- CMS teachers and staff will have their turn to decorate their clubhouse
with the school colors, maroon and gold. Their charity of choice is the Boys
and Girls Club of Porter County and they are sponsored by Scribbleband,
owned by CMS teacher Dave Bullock.
After the parade is over Friday, Blumenthal said the houses will go on sale
on eBay.com online auction site for five days. This year, buyers will have
the option to purchase the clubhouses right away at a price set slightly
higher than last year’s sale instead of waiting for the sale to end.
Blumenthal said the houses sold at about $700 to $750 last year.
The parade will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 from the Chesterton
Middle School Pool parking lot, Porter Ave. to Calumet, Calumet to Broadway,
Broadway to Sixth Street and back to CMS.
The big game gets underway against the LaPorte Slicers starting at 7 p.m. in
the CHS stadium where the clubhouses will be showcased.
Homecoming will continue on Saturday with the dance at CHS.
More information on the clubhouses can be found on the CHS website under the
News tab. The webpage will also contain links to the eBay pages once they go
on sale Friday.
Duneland sports fans who cannot make the homecoming game can keep track of
the Trojans’ score on the school’s new Twitter.com account @ChestertonHS.
Scores will be “tweeted” at the end of each quarter and Twitter users can
receive updates before they are posted on news websites tracking the game,
Blumenthal said. The CHS twitter account was created three weeks ago.
Scores for every CHS sport will be tweeted. The account also highlights
other activities such as school open houses. “Every facet of CHS will have a
voice carried out by social media at 140 characters at a time,” Blumenthal