Many alumni make a trip back to Adrian College for a weekend full of Bulldog spirit and get up-to-date with the changes being made to campus. One relatively new element of AC’s Homecoming weekend is activities for kids. This year, children of alumni and friends or family of current students were able to celebrate Homecoming 2011 as well.
The Kids Korner, held in front of the Merillat Sport & Fitness Center on Saturday morning, had inflatables and face painting for kids of appropriate age to take part in. There were two inflatable slides, which kids could run around and play on. Many children walked around with zebra printed-faces and paw prints from face painting.
“For years there was nothing for kids to do and we had a hard time getting them to come,” alumni D.J. Helser ’71 said.
Helser brought his grandson, nine-year-old Jordan, with him for the weekend. They watched the parade, walked around campus, visited the bookstore and went to cheer on the football team. Helser enjoyed the new renovations made to campus.
“I hadn’t seen the plaza in about three months. I am very impressed. Jeffery Docking is a man of vision,” Helser said.
Sharing his alma mater with his grandson made the weekend special. Now that kids have activities to partake in, Helser hopes Jordan will want to come back next year.
Homecoming is no longer an adult-focused weekend. With activities like the Kids Korner and petting zoo, families can come and everyone will have something to do.