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Being held once again after a year’s break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124 welcomed students back with its annual Back-to-School Bash at Central Middle School, 9400 S. Sawyer Ave., Evergreen Park. (Supplied photos)

Being held once again after a year’s break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124 welcomed students back with its annual Back-to-School Bash at Central Middle School, 9400 S. Sawyer Ave., Evergreen Park. (Supplied photos)

Back-to-School Bash returns for Evergreen Park students

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Evergreen Park Mayor Kelly Burke was in attendance at Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124’s Back-to-School Bash on August 24 at Central Middle School, 9400 S. Sawyer Ave., Evergreen Park.

By Kelly White

Summer days are coming to an end and for children that means a return to the classroom.

Being held once again after a year’s break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124 welcomed students back with its annual Back-to-School Bash last week at Central Middle School, 9400 S. Sawyer Ave., Evergreen Park.

“This event was inspired to bring our students, staff and administration back together as a community to kick of the school year,” Linda Panico, President of the D124 Foundation, said. “Additionally, it serves as a great opportunity to raise funds to enhance the educational experience of the students in D124, which is the mission of the D124 Foundation.”

The bash was open to all of the D124 students from preschool through eighth-grade at Central Middle School, Northeast Elementary School, Northwest Elementary School, Southeast Elementary School and Southwest Elementary School, along with their family members, made up of parents, caregivers, siblings and more.

The free event gathered together nearly 400 people, all looking forward to a new school year. It served as an opportunity for students to not only meet current or new students in their grade level, but also their teachers and current administration members in an enjoyable light-hearted setting.

Seeing children happily coming together again is something Panico has been looking forward to all summer long.

“I like to see the excitement of the kids at the event and the overall sense of community,” she said.

The D124 Foundation, a nonprofit, volunteer organization made up of the district’s friends and supporters that raises and distributes charitable contributions from a variety of sources to enhance the educational experience of the students in the district, with the support of the D124 administration was responsible for organizing the free event.

Fun took place throughout the evening, as a DJ provided musical entertainment for dancing and singing throughout the evening, a bubble foam party, along with games for the food and drink vendors and raffles for the adults.

New this year was a wax hand company on-site that was able to take molds of students’ hands for them to bring home with them.

In addition to the fun-filled activities, the Back-to-School Bash also gave community members the opportunity to connect with local organizations, and D124 Foundation members said to be happy to have so many local community businesses involved with the event.

Evergreen Park Mayor Kelly Burke was in attendance, along with many other local officials.

The Evergreen Park Library was there registering families for library cards, and members of the Evergreen Park police and fire departments were also in attendance and brought along with them several emergency vehicles that students were able to sit in, learn how they operate, take photos in and pretend to drive.

“It has been a very long year with the pandemic, and we are a strong village and district, it is a great time for students to interact with other students, teachers and staff,” Panico said.

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Being held once again after a year’s break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124 (D124) welcomed students back with its annual Back-to-School Bash at Central Middle School, 9400 S. Sawyer Ave., Evergreen Park.

 

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