It's homecoming season in Texas, and at Marcus High School in Flower Mound Friday night, all the elements were there. The King, the Queen, the gridiron — and the mums.
"Probably about 20 pounds. It's very heavy," said senior Hope Kuklin of her mum, complete with lights. "It's all silver, because I'm a senior."
But this year, students say there were noticeably fewer mums hanging from people's necks. And a student from Southlake Carroll is likely the reason.
Three years ago, Destiny Rose and a couple of friends decided to forgo the pricey Texas tradition (mums can cost families hundreds of dollars to make) and instead donate that money to a charity that feeds hungry families in Dallas. They then wore special shirts instead of mums.
Last year, the "Mumz4Kidz" movement spread all over Rose's school in Southlake. About 200 students participated locally, Destiny says.
This year, Destiny's mother Angie Rose says students at 12 different DFW schools are participating, including schools in Keller, Grapevine, Flower Mound and Arlington. They hope now to double what they collected last year.
"We want to raise $26,000 and feed 600 families this year," Destiny says.
Drill team senior Hailee Schmidt says students at Marcus raised $2,500 for the movement in a very short amount of time. She says she learned about the program just 10 days before.
"I think people actually found this a lot better than spending $130 on a mum," Schmidt says.
Even though Destiny will graduate this year, she hopes the tradition she started will continue to grow as it did here this year. She says her sister Chaney, a freshman at Carroll, will take over the movement.
"I think that is absolutely awesome to do," says Kuklin, who was surprised with a mum this year by her boyfriend.
It's all perhaps adding a new element into the traditional homecoming hoopla.
If you're interested in the Mumz4Kidz movement, find more information here.