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Cheerleaders Paint the Town Black and Gold

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The cheerleaders cheer on the Rams by painting slogans on the windows of local businesses.

The cheerleaders cheer on the Rams by painting slogans on the windows of local businesses.

Photo by Gable Thompson

Photo by Gable Thompson

The cheerleaders cheer on the Rams by painting slogans on the windows of local businesses.

Gable Thompson, Contributor

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Every year the cheerleaders paint the windows of local businesses to raise money and school spirit.

During Homecoming, cheerleaders go out and paint catchy slogans to help cheer on the Rams for the big Homecoming game. This has been a Homecoming tradition in Glenwood for a very long time. Most cheerleaders spend their days outside painting clever slogans on shop windows such as “Let’s Give The Trojans a Pizza Our Mind” which is painted on Adriano’s Pizzeria.

“We only paint the businesses that donate or respond back to us,” said junior Ellie Brown. The Cheerleaders use the funds they raise to pay for competitions registration fees and hotel rooms for competitions in Des Moines.

According to Cheer Coach Dixie Thomas, window painting covers about half of the cheerleaders’ expenses. The rest of their money comes from Lil’ Ram Cheer Camp.  

Painting these businesses is a lot of hard work for the cheerleaders. They paint at least 100 windows every Homecoming. It can take anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours.

“Window painting is a part of being a cheerleader,” said Thomas. “It’s a tradition. Cheerleaders need to have fun with it in order to enjoy.”

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