TYLER, Texas — It's homecoming season for schools across East Texas! As we all know, Texas homecoming mums are a long time tradition. 

While most East Texas students have either worn or made a mum, there's a group of German exchange students at Grace Community School in Tyler who are making mums for the first time.   

Diane Reis teaches German Exchange student Alma Luetzenbuerger how to make a mum
Diane Reis teaches German Exchange student how to make a mum

On Tuesday, seven girls from Germany made their very first mum. The group is part of the foreign exchange program offered at Grace Community School. 

This year the students visited during homecoming week and will be at Grace for two weeks. They will wear the homecoming mums to the football game on Friday.

German Exchange Students with homecoming mums
German Exchange Students with homecoming mums

"You can do it how you want and be creative," exchange student Alma Luetzenbuerger said.

Mum designer at Two Dandelions in Tyler, Diane Reis is fluent in German and grew up making mums at her family's business in Dallas. Reis spent the day teaching the students how to make mums. 

"With these girls I see a lot variety in their personality even as they're working," Reis said. "Some are very simple. Some they have this outgoing personality and their mums are brighter and bigger."

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