Freshmen Homecoming 101

  • Mum/Garter Exchange: September 11th 4:00-5:00pm; 2140 Lake Park, Richardson, TX
  • Homecoming Game: September 16th 7:00; Mustang/Eagle Stadium
  • Freshman After Party: 11:00pm - 1:00am; Location and Price TBD
  • Freshman Homecoming Dinner: Date and Location TBD
  • Homecoming Dance: September 17th 8:00pm; JJP Large Gym

Freshman homecoming events are not school or PTA hosted. It’s all grassroots and purchasing these helps to make the fun happen. We are so excited for your freshman to participate in all the fun activities we have planned.

Freshman T-shirts

As a tradition, we have designed t-shirts for all the freshmen to wear Friday to school and the football game with their mum or garter if they choose.  This is a fun way for the entire class to commemorate the occasion, however, this is an OPTIONAL purchase and is not required.  

Order T-Shirts


  • Since Homecoming is so early this year, we need to get a headstart on ordering T-shirts; therefore, please complete the form below for your student ASAP so we can have t-shirts available for distribution at the mum exchange on Sunday, September 11th.  FYI, if you have more than one student and/or as a parent you wish to purchase a shirt as well, please complete this form for EACH purchase you'd like to make.  

    Upon completing this form, immediately go to Venmo to submit payment to "jjpclassof2026".


    If you have any questions, please contact  We look forward to a great Homecoming!


1. Does my child have to have a date to participate?

Absolutely NOT!  We want everyone to feel a part of ALL the Freshman Activities. We encourage boys and girls with or without dates to participate.   Everyone is welcome and the purpose of the all-inclusive Freshman weekend is to make it easy for all to join in the festivities.

2. Who pays for what?

Your child will receive a Freshman Homecoming 2022 Order Form (these activities include info and a calendar date for Mum/Garter exchange, a Friday night post-football game After Party, a Saturday Homecoming dinner, and an opportunity to purchase a t-shirt).  We suggest that each freshmen (with or without a date) fill out a form and pay for themselves.  This lessens confusion and ensures that you have ordered and paid for everything your child wants to participate in.  If you have a student who has invited a date, you can plan out how the couple will fill out their individual forms.  It is customary that boys pay for the tickets to the Dance and order a mum, girls purchase a garter for the boy, and they purchase their own t-shirts if they choose to.  A general rule is that often girls will pay for Friday activities and boys will pay for the Saturday activities.  There is no set rules; use this as a guide.  Talk to parents; do what works best!  Each child, whether couple or no, should turn in a form.  Online forms can be found on our FB page or in JJPearce School Email Newsletters.

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3. Where is the mum store and what is it?

The mum store is a fundraiser within JJP that began years ago to avail kids the opportunity to buy mums without going to a florist.  It has amassed an enormous amount of funds over the years that go directly back proportionately to the JJP PTA, as well as the Pearce activities the kids are involved in. This is the ONLY fundraiser for the Pearce PTA.  The only funds that leave the system are those paid for supplies needed for mum-making.  The Mum Store is staffed 100% by parent volunteers.  

Location & Hours

  • The J.J. Pearce PTA Mum Store is located in a shopping center space on the SE Corner of Coit and Campbell next to Richardson Bike Mart @ 1377 W Campbell Rd., Richardson, TX 75080

  • Aug. 22nd- Sept. 15th

                       Monday-Thursday: 4:00-8:00PM

                       Fridays: 6:00-8:00PM

                       Saturdays: 10:00AM-4:00PM

4. Why do we buy mums and garters?

Girls typically wear mums to school the Friday of Homecoming Week and to the game and boys wear garters on their arms. It is not necessary to have a date to order/wear a mum or garter.

Parents can order mums/garters for their kids; friends can order for friends. There is no set protocol. Typically, if a couple is going to the dance together, the boy will order a mum for the girl and the girl will order a garter for the boy. They vary in cost depending on your selection of items to decorate.  Items are ordered in one visit and you will be contacted when ready to pick up in another visit. Check or cash is encouraged and you will pay for the mum when ordering or, at a minimum, put down a deposit and pay the balance when picking up.  

5. Do I need to order a Freshman T-shirt?

Whether your child is attending Homecoming activities at all, they will most likely want to wear their class t-shirt at school on the Friday of Homecoming. We suggest that if you are able, and your child wants one, to order it. It is completely optional of course! 

6. Are tickets to the Homecoming Dance included in the Freshman Activities?

No they are not.  Tickets to the actual dance are sold by Student Government.  Your child will hear announcements about this as the event gets closer.  The Student Council will sell tickets during lunch.  In the past, the tickets have been $25/each.  YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET TO THE DANCE TO GET IN!

7. Is transportation provided to any of the Freshman Activities?

No, transportation is NOT provided.  Activities are NOT school sponsored events.  We recommend carpooling where it makes sense.

8. Can Freshmen being students from other schools?

Yes they can.  However, there is a form that MUST be filled out and filed with the school.  Please have your child go to the office to get this form.  It must be signed by principals from BOTH schools and must be returned to the office 5 days in advance.  We do ask that any visitors also be freshmen.

9. Where is the actual Homecoming Dance?

The dance is held in the JJP Large Gym.  The freshmen will walk over together as a class AFTER dinner has concluded.

10. Who is catering the Freshman Dinner?


11. How is the Mum/Garter exchange going to work?

The freshmen will meet on Sunday, September 11 from 4-5 p.m. at the pond outside of The Lennox Center building (2140 Lake Park, Richardson, TX 75080; behind Braum's) and there will be an overall, huge Freshman mum/garter exchange.  Again, the is exchange is for ALL freshmen who would like to participate (with our without dates).  

12. What do the boys and girls wear?

Boys wear 'dressy' clothes. Some will wear a suit and tie. Some will wear a navy blazer, khaki pants and a tie.  Some will wear dress shoes.  Some might be in sneakers.

Girls wear 'semi-formal' dresses.  These are typically short dresses, not full-length gowns.  But they should come in what makes them feel comfortable.

13.  I've heard there are groups...what is that?

In the years to com, kids may form 'groups' for the Homecoming weekend.  Those groups can be fun, but the groups can also feel exclusive and cause unneeded drama.  In an effort to eliminate some of that, we have ALL Freshman activities organized.  Everyone is able to attend ALL of the activities as a class in an effort to not exclude anyone and it gives kids a chance to dip their toe into unknown territory in a more comfortable way.

14. Don't forget! School rules apply!

Staff and administrators will be on-hand.  The rules are the same for Homecoming as with all other school events.  No one wants to be sent home on this special night.  Please make sure all your kids know that all events all require good behavior and adherence to the school rules and regulations.

15. Freshman After Party 

Friday night after the football game from 11:00pm - 1:00 am.  Location and price TBD

More details to come!





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