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."