(SALISBURY, Md.) - James M. Bennett High and Parkside High pored over the busy school calendar for October and November and have chosen dates on which to make up the Homecoming games and dances that were postponed due to serious flooding last weekend.

Both schools will hold their Homecoming Dance from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, in the Clipper Galley at James M. Bennett High and in the cafeteria at Parkside High School. Wicomico County students will be off that day while teachers have a professional day and/or participate in the Maryland State Education Association Convention. That will give students time to decorate for the dance and prepare themselves for the evening.

All of the tickets to each school's Homecoming Dance have already been sold.

Typically the Homecoming Dance is immediately preceded by the Homecoming Game, with introduction of the Homecoming Court and announcement of the King and Queen. But finding a full weekend with no conflicts with other athletic events, already scheduled Homecoming Dances, band competitions, and other activities proved to be impossible. So each school came up with a new way to showcase the Homecoming Court and engage students, parents and the community in cheering on their team.

James M. Bennett High will introduce the Homecoming Court and crown the King and Queen during halftime of the game this Friday night, Oct. 7, against Kent Island High School. The Clipper Marching Band will also perform its field show. The game begins at 6:30 p.m. at Wicomico County Stadium. This Friday will be JMB Spirit Day all day, with students and staff encouraged to wear JMB colors and apparel at school and at the game.

Parkside High will showcase its Homecoming Court and crown the Homecoming King and Queen at its varsity home game against Washington High School on Thursday, Nov. 3, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Wicomico County Stadium. This night will be extra special for seniors, as it is the senior game as well. Homecoming activities will follow the halftime performance by the Parkside High School Marching Band.

"We'd like to thank students and parents in advance for being supportive of this decision, as it is the best possible solution to a difficult situation," said Kimberly Pinhey, Parkside High principal. "For both schools, this has been arranged to avoid all the conflicting events with athletics, band, and countywide activities. We have worked in cooperation with Central Office and school administration, the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, Parkside Athletic Director and coaches, and Student Government Association advisors to find dates on which our students can still enjoy Homecoming activities."