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updated: 8/23/2014 6:17 PM

Dist. 59 back-to-school event could become annual

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  • Taylor Henske, 13, center, and her brother Michael Henske, 10, right, put on a karate demonstration at the Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 back-to-school celebration Saturday at Grove Junior High School in Elk Grove Village.

       Taylor Henske, 13, center, and her brother Michael Henske, 10, right, put on a karate demonstration at the Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 back-to-school celebration Saturday at Grove Junior High School in Elk Grove Village.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • BMX Champion Matt Wilhelm of Naperville demonstrates riding BMX Flatland at the Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 back-to-school celebration Saturday at Grove Junior High School in Elk Grove Village.

       BMX Champion Matt Wilhelm of Naperville demonstrates riding BMX Flatland at the Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 back-to-school celebration Saturday at Grove Junior High School in Elk Grove Village.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
 

About 100 parents and children of Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 gathered for a first-time, back-to-school celebration Saturday at Grove Junior High School.

Superintendent Art Fessler wanted to gather all the families in the district in a united event, said Janice Krinsky, board vice president.

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"Before this superintendent came, the schools all operated independently and this is a way to get everyone all together," Krinsky said.

The event, which likely will lead to another next year, featured demonstrations by BMX Champion Matt Wilhelm of Naperville, a karate demonstration by American Tiger Karate, a giant inflatable obstacle course, inflatable slide, and music by DJ "Quick Mix" Mike.

Gina Revel of Des Plaines has three children in Brentwood School and said it was a great opportunity "to meet other people from different schools in our district."

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